Book Review: Fiasco
By Abdul Hamid
The eye-witness account of the ICC World Cup 2007 by the name of Fiasco is yet another commendable book by Ehsan Qureshi who has now established a tradition to bring out a memorable publication after every World Cup, having started in 1992 when Pakistan won the tournament under the dynamic leadership of Imran Khan. The World Cup 2007 was a different story altogether for Pakistan as compared to the mega event 15 years ago. In 1992 Pakistan had staged a stunning comeback to win the tournament after being precariously placed in the middle of it.
If the World Cup 1992 was the fulfillment of a long-time dream, the debacle of 2007 was nothing short of a nightmare. Pakistan got eliminated from the tournament after being shocked and rocked by minnows Ireland at the very beginning to cause severe depression back home.
The death of the Pakistan coach, Bob Woolmer, in mysterious circumstances soon after the humiliating loss at the hands of Ireland was a further blow to the already saddened nation.
Ehsan Qureshi, who was there in the West Indies to cover the World Cup, got a shock of his lifetime when a television channel implicated him and another fellow journalist in the Woolmer murder case. The misunderstanding was cleared and subsequently even the case was withdrawn.
In this scenario Fiasco became all the more important and the cricket enthusiasts waited eagerly for the eyewitness account from the seasoned journalist who had been in the thick of things. As expected, Fiasco reveals quite a few untold stories of the World Cup 2007. The author has given a detailed account of the controversial incidents that made waves for sometime. It's quite a bold effort because of the publication of some hard-hitting chapters particularly the one concerning the then Pakistan skipper, Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Fiasco is a comprehensive book with the scorecards and reports of all the matches, besides the coverage of the burning issues. The quality of pictures and the printing is of the highest class and the book should be a prized possession for every cricket lover.