Cricket, Biden and Ukraine . . !


THIS could happen soon when cricket’s T 20 World Cup begins! “Get me the Pakistan prime minister, I want to speak to him!” shouts Biden. “I can’t get him Mr President!” says his Secretary of State. “Why not?” asked the President irritably. “He’s watching the World Cup!”

“Get me the Sri Lankan President!” “He’s also busy watching cricket!” “Don’t tell me my friend Modi is also…” “Yes sir! And they all said if you talk cricket to them, they’ll talk to you, otherwise, to wait until after the finals!” “Explain cricket to me!” said the American President wearily to one of the former Indian cricketers who was on a visit to the US, “I need to know the game!” “Mr President!” said the former cricketer “You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Sir, each man that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he is out” “Whoa! Whoa!” shouted the confused President, “What kind of game is this?”

“Sir, when they are all out, the side that’s been out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.” “Jeese!” exclaimed Trump. “Sir, when a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out, he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.”

“You sure you’re not trying to fool me?” roared an exasperated President. “Is there more of this?” “Mr President, there are two men called umpires who are out all the time, and they decide when the men who are in are out.”

“Is this cricket just an in and out game?” whispered the President looking quite pale as he tried to figure the game out. “Sir, when both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice, after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game, simple isn’t it sir? Sir! Sir!”

The secret service rushed in to revive Biden, who looked like he’d fainted with the strain, “Who taught you Indians this game?” he asked hoarsely. “The British sir!” “Thank God we kicked them out two hundred years ago, otherwise we’d be still be going in and out like you guys!” “But sir,” asked the ex-cricketer, looking squarely at Biden, “Isn’t that exactly what you are doing in Ukraine, Mr President, out, because you never went in?”


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