Again an unusual an unexpected title; Why in the world I am patting Pakistan? Certainly not for winning today’s match against India, then why? The answer is its effort and initiative regarding energy saving. How??? Please follow to know the answer...

Usually, if there is any cricket match in office time, I follow the scores on Cricinfo. Today also I was following the score of India-Pakistan match in Asia Cup. I was wondering from the beginning of Asia Cup that why in Pakistan Day-Night matches are being started so late(1600 hrs) of local time and this thing continued till today. Thanks to Cricinfo commentators, who told us that this is because Pakistan is the first nation in South Asia to adopt daylight saving time, pushing clocks forward by one hour. It means that actual time is 1500 hrs, which is shown as 1600 hrs due to "Daylight Saving". This is reason, I want to thank Pakistan to use daylight saving time(DST) to save energy during the peak summer season.

Daylight Saving Time (or summertime as it is called in many countries) is a way of getting more light out of the day by advancing clocks by one hour during the summer. During Daylight Saving Time, the sun appears to rise one hour later in the morning, when people are usually asleep anyway, and sets one hour later in the evening, seeming to stretch the day longer. The reason DST works is because its saves energy due to less artificial light needed during the evening hours - clocks are set one hour ahead during the spring, and one hour back to standard time in the autumn. Many countries observe DST, and many do not.

Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but it was not adopted until World War I, in 1916, when it was adopted by several counties in Europe that initially rejected the idea.

There are some obvious drawbacks like moving clocks back and forth and in computing but still I would say that DST is an amazing way to save energy worldwide and every country must follow it to reap its advantages.

Here you can find a list of countries and locations to see DST in 2008.