The first controversy of World Cup 2007. And it concerns a particularly insidious “gas leak” in the Hilton Hotel that Pakistan was staying in that led to the evacuation of the Men in Green.[Link]
“Mohammad Sami, the Pakistan fast bowler, told how he ran down a corridor to escape from the building after saying he saw smoke in the hallway. At first it was thought there was a fire scare, but later reports suggested the problem was gas.”
Gas. Now normally all cases of gas-related incidents are blamed on Abdul Razzaq who is addicted to spinach. But since he is not there, the investigative agencies are at a loss as to the source of this accident that led to a woman, with her face covered with an oxygen mask, being carried out of the main hotel building on a stretcher and into an ambulance.[Link]
Inzamam-ul-Haq who has now taken to writing down his life priorities on his T-shirt (Eat, Sleep, Gym in that order) refused to comment and sat on the pavement with a shellshocked expression, just as if he had been hit in the back by the Rawalpindi Express. Shahid Afridi, the Peter Pan (never-ending childhood) of the Pakistani team , in the face of such a dangerous situation showed exactly why he is not the brightest bulb in the pack.
Afridi added: “I have no idea what happened. I had just woken up when the security man knocked on the door and said ‘get out of the room’. But I went back to sleep. Then he knocked again, and said ‘get out of the room’. Then I did and went downstairs.”
In related news, Pervez Musharaff called Dick Cheney on the hot-line, citing today’s gas-eruption as as another example of a terrorist attack by the Al-Qaeda who as the General would like us to believe, target Pakistan because of Musharaff’s ceaseless war on terror. He also asked for 16 F-16s and two billion dollars in aid as a “reward” for continuing to be a front-line state in the war against terror.
Meanwhile, Islamic militant organizations, all based in Pakistan, have denied their role in this attack and accused the humus-eating Israeli Gassad agents of hatching a Zionist plot to gas Yasir Arafat, currently a member of the Pakistani team.