The Curious Case of Screenings at NUST

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We all know what the reaction of people is when Pakistan loses a cricket match, right? “Oh, it was just a warm up for the coming series”; “That we did because we did not want their crowd (female crowd in particular) to cry”; or, better still, that famous song “Tum jeeto ya haaro, suno, hamein tum se pyaar hai” sung in full tune.

But what happens if Pakistan loses a cricket match AND it has been screened live at NUST? “Yaar, please shut down the screening, we lost because of you”; “We lose all matches that they screen at NUST”; or a 50% w/w mixture of sarcasm in “Tussi screening kara lo, saadi kher hai”. (For the sake of convenience, let’s refer to these matches as Type 2 Cricket Matches, and the previous one as Type 1 Cricket Matches).

So, after our ousting from T20 World Cup 2014 in an obvious Type 2 Cricket Match, I came across a comment that said we actually won four out of the seven matches screened last year. This particularly intrigued me, as I myself have little memories of a Type 0 Cricket Match (a match that was screened at NUST, and that Pakistan won, too).

Pakistan vs. India, 2011 Cricket World Cup Semifinal. Picture Source: NCVI Arts and Culture Society

Pakistan vs. India, 2011 Cricket World Cup Semifinal.
Picture Source: NCVI Arts and Culture Society

What could be the possible reason? “Bas jab Pakistani over ho jatay hain na, to phir yehi hota hai!”… Okay, okay… whatever the case, I decided to dig a little deeper into this suspicious phenomenon.

While of course we have not lost all of the matches (that’s way too absurd to be true), we have strangely not performed in the important cricket matches that were subjected to screening at NUST… particularly those that we played against India (read = very important match!). Below are some of the series and their matches that got screened at NUST:

2011 Cricket World Cup

Pakistan took the highest place in the respective group by winning 5 out of 6 matches, won the quarterfinal by 10 wickets and reached the semifinals. And the semifinal, against India, got screened at NUST. Next we know what happened. But still, in all honesty, it was the most spectacularly organized match screening at NUST ever.

  • List of Matches Screened at NUST:

30 Mar., 2011 (2nd World Cup SEMIFINAL): Pakistan lost by 29 runs.

2012 ICC World Twenty20

The next series that was screened at NUST was the T20 World Cup. All of Pakistan’s matches were screened at NUST and hey! we lost only two of them: The one against India, and the Semifinal.

  • List of Matches Screened at NUST:

23 Sept., 2012, Pakistan vs. New Zealand: Pakistan won by 13 runs.

25 Sept., 2012, Pakistan vs. Bangladesh: Pakistan won by 8 wickets and qualified for the Super Eight round.

28 Sept., 2012, Pakistan vs. South Africa: Pakistan won by 2 wickets.

30 Sept., 2012, Pakistan vs. India: An important match, because Pakistan was playing against India. Pakistan lost by 8 wickets.

2 Oct., 2012, Pakistan vs. Australia: Pakistan won by 32 runs, and qualified for semifinals the same day (due to India beating South Africa).

4 Oct., 2012 (SEMIFINAL), Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: An important match, for obvious reasons. Pakistan lost by 16 runs.

Outdoor screening of Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Picture Source: NUST Media Club

Outdoor screening of Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 2012 ICC World Twenty20
Picture Source: NUST Media Club

Pakistan vs. India Series 2012-2013

This series hosted 3 ODIs and 2 T20 matches. Interestingly, we won the ODI series 2-1. Then we won the 1st T20 by 5 wickets. Then we screened the 2nd T20 at NUST, leading to India drawing the T20 matches 1-1.

  • List of Matches Screened at NUST:

28 Dec., 2012 (2nd T20 in the series): Pakistan lost by 11 runs.

ICC T20 World Cup, 2014

Ah, it’s still fresh in my mind! So, here’s how it went:

21 Mar., 2014, Pakistan vs. India: An important match. Pakistan lost by 7 wickets.

23 Mar., 2014, Pakistan vs. Australia: Pakistan won by 16 runs. (The match was not screened at NUST)

30 Mar. 2014, Pakistan vs. Bangladesh: Pakistan won by 50 runs.

1 Apr., 2014, Pakistan vs. West Indies: An important match, as this would lead to Pakistan qualifying for the semifinals of T20 World Cup 2014. Pakistan lost by 84 runs.

All in all, 11 matches have been screened and we have a success ratio of 45%, but the 6 that we have lost were either of key importance to us in the respective series, or were against India. This looks definitely suspicious…

By the way, ever experienced watching a match at Concordia 1? And guess what? No tickets!

Note:  This post is done in a casual and light mood and is not intended as an offence.

Qudsia

MS student at School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME), NUST, I am interested in science and technology, food, and weird music (but I don’t blog about weird music). I can be contacted at qudsiyah17@gmail.com.

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