World Cup Snippets 3

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The question that every cricket lover, who has ever sat on after a cricket match just to hear Inzamam speak, has been asking is: ” What is the real reason why Inzamam and the Pakistan team have been banned from speaking in English?”

Is it because Pakistan has been threatened with a “terrorist state” label if their players do not stop the abuse of the Queen’s tongue?

Well the answer is finally here. [Link]

This decision was taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board because it is our national language and because 2007 is our National Tourist Year so we are promoting Pakistan as well.

“This is the perfect platform to promote and expose our national language,so there’s nothing more to it.”

Of course the famous gas leak incident (which was covered here) has a part to play in it too. It seems that one of the Pakistani players sought to justify the emittance of noxious post-digestive gas with the age-old defence people resort to when a foul smell fills the room and eyes stare at you accusingly.

That being: “It happens.”

Or as reported : “It happens at home as well.”

He added that a Pakistan player had been misquoted in Trinidad following the gas leak that led to the team being evacuated from their hotel earlier in the week.

“A journalist spoke to Danish Kaneria and asked him what he thought about the gas leak and he tried to play the incident down and said `It happens’.

“But when the report came out the journalist quoted him saying `It happens at home as well’

“So we would rather avoid these kinds of incidents and speak in Urdu at official times, as well as for reasons of promoting Pakistan.”

Good call on the part of the team administration. Certainly does clear the air somewhat.

Now if only the management can show such sagacity on the cricket field by shoring up their batting by selecting Azhar Mahmood, replacing the woeful Naved-ul-Hassan with Mohammed Sami and pushing Inzamam up the batting order.

[Update: And while we are on subject to flatulence, “celebrated sportsman” and “credited with major role in building up our team” (as introduced in this podcast) Kiran More will “air” his views on the Indian buildup during the World Cup at Rediff.]

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37 thoughts on “World Cup Snippets 3

  1. GB, apparently Dwayne Leverock’s mom is upset at the jibes about her son’s size and weight. She says that previously he was over 300 pounds and the current version we see is a watered down DL 2.0, that the prodigal son has taken pains to morph into!!!!
    On Pakistan, the selection of Rana seems to be the most baffling one.

  2. “Bismillae-rahmano-rahim, sabse pehle allah talah ka shukar. Hum haar gaye” – can you hazard a guess at what it would sound like if this statement is translated to english?

  3. Hi Gr8bong,

    I am an avid reader of your blog. I just admire you. It is excellent to read your articles every morning to fresh up the mind. 🙂

    I must admire you the way you do the research for every bit of your articles. Will wait for more on GAS ACCIDENT.

    regards,

    Anindya

  4. This surely is a dampener…after all one of the attractions of a match featuring Inzy was Inzy’s clinical dismemberment of the Queen’s language during the post match presentation.

  5. Yes Ranga Khush, i envy GB but i never do blog whoring and leave my blog address in comments. Anyway, ur cheap tricks failed at least to get my attention and i never clicked on ur blog address.

    GB, plz remove ranga khush’s blod address from his comments. If not, it will set a bad example.

  6. ROTFL 😀

    Is this a new ploy by Pakistan? But I guess very soon the press will be able to understand ‘the Urdu’ that they speak, if they keep losing.

    BTW, Kiran more ‘airing’ his views. OMG, someone please clear the air 🙂

  7. well i share the same kind of humor sense as greatbong so nothing wrong in publicizing my blog on his blog (ofcourse with the blessings of greatbong !)…[again edited out by GB]

  8. @Tintin: Yes I know…this is after he has lost weight !

    @Bhopale: 🙂

    @Anon: Thank you

    @deBoLIN: 🙂

    @Shravan: I always wonder why men, many of them in their mid 30s are referred to as “boys”.

    @Nishit: Yes they do.

    @Anindya: Thank you.

    @RangakHUSH: The thing is you already get a link to your blog when you type in the blog URL. The additional link is not really necessary. Incidentally whether your content matches mine or not is a moot point here.

    And please no Loha-Gunda abuse here..unless it is in jest. Which is not what I could sense from the comments I edited.

    @Dhananjay: Yes

    @Lalbadshah: No I did not !

    @Arnab: Not being fortunate enough to see the games on SET (unlike in 2003), I have no idea as to what’s going on.

    @Asterix: Kiran More…of all the experts in the world.

  9. Can you make this world cup snippet feature a regular thing during the cup?

    Also on an unrelated note, can you put up that India Quiz and answers you conducted a few weeks ago?

  10. “… and pushing Inzamam up the batting order”

    pushing inzamam anywhere will take some doing, unless he jet propels himself with that fuel of yore, ‘after grub flatulence’

    – s.b.

  11. A complete Inzy interview after the probable defeat of Pakistan by India in super eight (got this piece from Rediff)

    Q. INZI WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TODAYS PERFORMANCE? MUST BE DISAPPOINTING? ISNT IT.
    A. ya first of all thanks to allah. boys played bad, bowlers bowled bad, batsmans not get runs, catches dropped fielders

    Q. ANY POSITIVES OUT OF THE GAME?
    A. ya. no. the boys play poor, not good crickkat. negative play by team.

    Q. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN U WERE BATTING OUT THERE?
    A. ya. no mind was not going through OUT when batting. wanting play long time, not thinking get out.

    Q. YOU HAVE A RECORD OF LOSING TO YOUR ARCH RIVALS INDIA IN WORLD CUP. THIS IS THE FIFTH LOSS KEEPING THE CENT PERCENTAGE INTACT.
    A. ya. india win today but we play poor crickkat. we play india and win also last year. percent change all match.

    Q. WELL, YOU HAV GOT A BIG GAME COMING UP NEXT. AGAINST AUSTRALIA. TOUGH ONE. HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP FOR THAT ONE?
    A. ya. austraila good team. they play big crickkat. boys want pick tough one.

    Q. INZY, ALTHOUGH NOW YOU CANT MAKE TO SEMIS, BUT MUST BE LOOKING TO PLAY GOOD CRICKET AND LEAVE ON A HIGH?
    A. ya. we must play in match good crickkat. no leave to any boys, all match important. no semi-match all full high match.

    Q. BEST OF LUCK INZY.
    A. ya thanks to allah.

  12. Abusing our charming host GB accelarates the process of getting loans, winning of super lotto/Derby/ Grand National et al, finding suitable accomodation in Delhi, Timbuctoo, St. Helena….etc, scoring over rivals in office, getting a promotion and last but not the least, earning the wrath of people who go by such monickers as Yourfan, YourFan2, NotFanButAC, CentralAirConditioningSetAtSuperCool…etc.

    Abusing Kishor?
    BEWARE.
    You will never be able to digest idly dosa, your mobile phone will have only one ring tone– a nakara solo, and WORST OF ALL————
    not even your local doodhwallah, let alone the World Bank, will extend your credit.
    As for Kishor fans — all 32 million of them, living south of the Vindhyas (yes, that includes the penguins too)— will be baying for your blood.

    So, my dear RangakHUSH,
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

  13. What’s up with the Aussies? They can’t take their own medicine. Gavaskar is absolutely right to question Australian distate for their opponents. And this talk from Border and Lehman about culture problem is all hog wash. Let’s assume their argument make sense for a second. Then what about Indian cultural sensibilities? Stop with the crocodile tears and let’s get on with the game already. The way India is going to win this Cup is by full steam aggression on and off the field. By aggression I don’t mean start cursing your opponents. I mean aggression in the way they bat, bowl and above all field. Gavaskar’s fireworks have already started this, which is a very good sign It’s high time someone stood up to the Aussies, the only other person I can remember doing the same was Ganguly. And remember what kind of results we got with Ganguly Down Under. Can we repeat the same in the World Cup settings? Only time will tell.

  14. @ Anuraag-There are two arrogant aussie responses on my blog about the SG-Ponting war of words. But I am certain, we Indians are not the only ones hoping, that Ponting’s team would go home soon. There used to be a time (around 1992) when for me, beating Pak in WC was as good as winning the WC. Now I will settle for it, if we (or anybody) can beat that nation of ex-convicts here at WC, even if India can’t win the Cup.

    PS:Yeah, I won’t mind Dada leading those “Boys” again, if thats what it takes.

  15. For those wanting to know about Mandira Bedi’s invovlement, it gives me great pleasure to say that she has finally learnt to shut her trap when the mid match analysis is on. She does interject sometimes with some banal talk but is politely ignored. As for analysis, this time the panel is damn good with Simon Hughes a surprise addition. Even Henry Olonga is there. Even Charu Sharma is learning to shut up. Set Max has finally learnt how to present a cricket match especially after the horrible mess they did of the 2006 Championship Trophy.

    As for Gavaskar, he has gone in head on in the war of words with the Aussies. His comments on Hookes were insensitive though.

  16. @Dhananjay:
    The way Sunny responded back was brilliant. And yes, his comment on Hookes was insensitive but he was driving home a point.

    By the looks of it I am getting highly optimistic & think India will be in the Finals. That would make my day.

  17. I agree with Anuraag, Too much is being made out of what Gavaskar said. Read somewhere he actually ‘encouraged’ killing, is being hypocratic and what not… While the Borders, the Pontings etc., argue that swearing rudely should be seen with cultural sensitivitly, they do not even do the favor of trying to understand the context or what is actually being said. They read too much into whats not said, but ask others to take actual verbal abuses as a cultural side effect (or the culture itself?). Who is being hypocratic?

  18. Gavaskar’s David Hookes reference was neither insensitive nor out of context. David Hookes is tertiary to this issue; it was actually a veiled reminder to Ponting himself of an embarrassment he suffered at a Calcutta nightclub many years ago. Sunny Baba knows how to make a personal attack without saying things directly. It was actually foolish of Ponting to retort the way he did.

  19. @GB:WAT A FANTASTIC REASONING !
    @bhopale:gas jhela? lovely!
    @asterix: ya i am offended !like Swati says b warned.
    i live in hyd u see.

  20. @varsha : You meant to warn RangakHUSH, didn’t you? Till the timeyou clarify I am being cautious of you & swati though I live nowhere near Hyderabad 😀

  21. I’ve never been to Hyderabad, but am still scared of Kishor and Rajnikanth. And Kamal Haasan too, for that matter.

    I’m most scared of South Indian film heroines. Dreaming of them causes me to retain water. I think this is called a dry dream.

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