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.]