Gilgit – Baltistan braces for the Cricket World Cup Semi Final between Pakistan and India

People across Gilgit – Baltistan are flowing in the cricket current triggered by a crucial semi-final match between arch rivals, Pakistan and India. From social media sites, to the remotest villages, everyone is discussing the World Cup 2011 match that will be played at Mohali, Chandigarh (India), today.

Fans of the Pakistani team have bought green shirts to show solidarity with the national cricket team, while a graphics artist at has “GBianized” Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razaq, by putting traditional GB hats on their head.

A 3200 member strong Facebook page, “Gilgit – Baltistan”, has developed

several posters to mark the Pakistani team playing in the World Cup 2011.

One of the posters (at left) shows an interesting combination of a jubilant Shahid Afridi, Pakistani skipper, standing in front  of a Markhor (symbolizing GB).

In short, the cricket craze has allowed several opportunities to display patriotism in GB.

The match is crucial because its result would decide the second finalist who willmeet Sri Lanka in the trophy decider. It is for the very first time in history of World Cup Cricket that both finalist teams will be Asians. With exception of Bangladesh, all three Asian teams made it to the semi finals.

The Government of Gilgit – Baltistan has announced a half-day leave in the region in view of the enthusiasm expressed by cricket lovers. The GB Water and Power Department has, reportedly, said that there would be no load-shedding during the match.

Thousands of people in GB would join the match in Mohali through Chinese Radio Transistors, cheaply available in the entire region. (Nurmomad)

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  1. KOI qoum CRICKET khel ka r jeet kar azeem nahi banti…… baliki kisi qoum ki azmat os ki azaad kharji policy r os ki awaam ki khoshali sy wabista hy jab ki ye dono cheezien pakistan or india mey napaid hain … pakistani or india k hokomran apne ap ko azaad samj tae t hy awaam bad haal hy jahaliyat mey duba hoa hy r hokomran awamm ko cricket ki nashey mey mast kar k apna hokomrani r istihisaal ko jari rakhna chatien hain,,,, mazhab ka nasha manishiyat k nasha cricket k nasha aik hi cheezien jo hokomranon ko apna tabqati chera chupaney ka moqa deti hn!!1

  2. Enchanting the insensible is like going more sick.Cricket sholud be taken as a game,never a as an emotional wave.The traditional filth of fielding and batting slams the national yet again.

  3. We yern, merely the traitional- cap not be part of the team-rather our own dewellers play for the nation.One hopes our our this/that sports club work for the reason.

  4. Shahid Khan & Abdul Razaq You are very smart in Gilgit Biltistan Caps with Green Dress. I request to Afridi and Pakistan Cricket Board please select Gilgit Biltistan Players in National team


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