World Cup 2007 March 15, 2007

Bakwas is bakwas in Urdu or English


Now here's a strange thing. Pakistan's cricketers are banned from speaking in English at press conferences. The reason we are told is that their wonderful use of Urdu will promote tourism in Pakistan. I'm not sure how that works, particularly since their words will be revealed to the world by the warbling English of PJ Mir, Pakistan's media manager?

Consider too that Urdu doesn't readily lend itself to describing a cricket match. A beautiful verse of poetry, yes, but try saying great cover drive without using any English words and you begin to sound like a dimwit--and Pakistan's players are no linguistic cousins of Mirza Ghalib.

In fact, the notion that speaking in Urdu will lure foreigners to Pakistan is fantastically crazy. By extending that logic the player chosen for the press conference grilling should have a shave, put on his coolest shades, an Hawaiian shirt, and a pair of shorts and flip-flops. Because let's get one thing clear: the sight of bearded men speaking in an Eastern tongue will not be a tempter for most people who don't happen to be Pakistanis.

Indeed, the idea that speaking Urdu might be enticing invokes a Western image of Orientalism that has long been discredited as racist.

The simple answer, of course, is that Pakistan's players should be allowed to speak in whatever language they wish. Inzamam, for example, enjoys jousting in English at press conferences, and he fully understands the questions put to him. One of the pleasures for journalists at a Pakistani press conference is Inzamam's considered pause after a question is put to him, a pause that is often followed by dead-pan humour. His vice-captain, Younis Khan, is as bubbly with his English as he is on the field.

The Pakistan Cricket Board, then, has created a solution to a problem it didn't really have and brought further controversy upon its head. And it is perhaps its head who this edict should apply to? Dr Nasim Ashraf has caused more problems with his utterances in English than his players ever have, and, yes, he probably does do a disservice to Pakistani tourism. He possibly also argues that he spends more time touring with the national team than back home in Pakistan so that he can do his bit for the Pakistan Tourist Board? I reckon Dr Ashraf should worry less about tourism and more about human development in Pakistan, his other job, which, if he makes a success, will do more for tourism than any cricket press conference.

Ultimately, though, bakwas is bakwas in Urdu or English--and there's enough of it emanating from the Pakistani camp to say: "Stop these trivial pursuits and start focusing on what really matters--like winning the World Cup."

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • [SimonGhaurie on January 9, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Hi all,

    Firstly thank you all for maintaining this forum. I have actually learnt a lot from it over the last few months, finally decided to join.

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  • Williamjonas on January 6, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Hi all,, thought I would finally sign up to forum although I have been following Ric for a long time on the boards. Well anyway it is nice to now offically be a part of the team and I look forward to participating on the forum.

    Regards. William.

  • Jamie Iomo on December 23, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    how are you?

    Thanks for sharing, I have digged this post

  • amir from kashmir on March 23, 2007, 8:53 GMT

    Hard luck pak team now try make a good comeback in up comming days Inzi should be made coach of team b'coz he knows his team well

  • Sabahat on March 23, 2007, 5:05 GMT

    'Inzamam apparently recognised Woolmer's qualities as a human being (who could not?) but the captain's comments on his death - a "good" coach - damned him with faint praise' (Mike Selvey from The Guardian)


  • @.ghaffar on March 22, 2007, 12:23 GMT

    another worldcup after 92 ,another embarasment and another captain resign or sacked ,familiar scene to pakistan cricket now ,but the loss of bob woolmer and inzi's retirmnet will effect pakistan cricket .authorities now should take some hard decison they should promote younger players likes of salman butt,yasir hameed,fawad alam,naveed latif etcc ..with the return of asid ,shoaib and shabbir pakistan still a team to considre for future pakistani bhaiyoo its the time to b postive in your nature i tipped pakistan cricket board to make a younger player like salman butt or shoaib malik give teh charge of ODi team and younis for test matches like austrlia did in past

  • hameeduddinkhan on March 22, 2007, 8:38 GMT

    bakwas in English is Rubbish or Non-sense

  • hameeduddinkhan on March 22, 2007, 8:25 GMT

    First of all my deepest condolences to the wife and the sons of Mr. Woolmer. In my opinion the death cause is heart failure and Mr. Woolmer died. Scratch on the neck - my dear sirs - when anyone vomate he hold his neck either by one or two hands so when he was vomating a lot he became tired and hold his neck and scratches are from his nails, which happend due to lot of pain and uncomfort during the vomating. so do not make this issue and issue. Regards Hameeduddin Khan - Jeddah

  • Joe Bloggs on March 22, 2007, 7:47 GMT

    I thought there was a perfectly good and appropriate woed in English for Bakwas :

    " Bullshit " .

    PCB has always attracted prize Bullshit Artists .

    2. I am however surprised why the Pakistani public find it so difficult to accept Pakistan 's early elimination from the World Cup . It was only to expected . Pakistan is a country which has been taken over by its Chowkidars . Seventy percent of all the resources are taken up by the Chowkidars not for chowkidari but increasingly for there person ex[penses and for the pamplering pf the upper level chowkidars . No wonder allk our institutions are crumbling . Our cricketers as well the majority of our people very poorly educated . There is no accountability for the Chowkidars or their stooges .

  • adnan on March 22, 2007, 0:34 GMT

    inzy we gonna miss u.u win match for pakistan thousand time.allah bless u

  • [SimonGhaurie on January 9, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Hi all,

    Firstly thank you all for maintaining this forum. I have actually learnt a lot from it over the last few months, finally decided to join.

    Hopefully I wil be able to give back to members as much as I have gained.

  • Williamjonas on January 6, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Hi all,, thought I would finally sign up to forum although I have been following Ric for a long time on the boards. Well anyway it is nice to now offically be a part of the team and I look forward to participating on the forum.

    Regards. William.

  • Jamie Iomo on December 23, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    how are you?

    Thanks for sharing, I have digged this post

  • amir from kashmir on March 23, 2007, 8:53 GMT

    Hard luck pak team now try make a good comeback in up comming days Inzi should be made coach of team b'coz he knows his team well

  • Sabahat on March 23, 2007, 5:05 GMT

    'Inzamam apparently recognised Woolmer's qualities as a human being (who could not?) but the captain's comments on his death - a "good" coach - damned him with faint praise' (Mike Selvey from The Guardian)


  • @.ghaffar on March 22, 2007, 12:23 GMT

    another worldcup after 92 ,another embarasment and another captain resign or sacked ,familiar scene to pakistan cricket now ,but the loss of bob woolmer and inzi's retirmnet will effect pakistan cricket .authorities now should take some hard decison they should promote younger players likes of salman butt,yasir hameed,fawad alam,naveed latif etcc ..with the return of asid ,shoaib and shabbir pakistan still a team to considre for future pakistani bhaiyoo its the time to b postive in your nature i tipped pakistan cricket board to make a younger player like salman butt or shoaib malik give teh charge of ODi team and younis for test matches like austrlia did in past

  • hameeduddinkhan on March 22, 2007, 8:38 GMT

    bakwas in English is Rubbish or Non-sense

  • hameeduddinkhan on March 22, 2007, 8:25 GMT

    First of all my deepest condolences to the wife and the sons of Mr. Woolmer. In my opinion the death cause is heart failure and Mr. Woolmer died. Scratch on the neck - my dear sirs - when anyone vomate he hold his neck either by one or two hands so when he was vomating a lot he became tired and hold his neck and scratches are from his nails, which happend due to lot of pain and uncomfort during the vomating. so do not make this issue and issue. Regards Hameeduddin Khan - Jeddah

  • Joe Bloggs on March 22, 2007, 7:47 GMT

    I thought there was a perfectly good and appropriate woed in English for Bakwas :

    " Bullshit " .

    PCB has always attracted prize Bullshit Artists .

    2. I am however surprised why the Pakistani public find it so difficult to accept Pakistan 's early elimination from the World Cup . It was only to expected . Pakistan is a country which has been taken over by its Chowkidars . Seventy percent of all the resources are taken up by the Chowkidars not for chowkidari but increasingly for there person ex[penses and for the pamplering pf the upper level chowkidars . No wonder allk our institutions are crumbling . Our cricketers as well the majority of our people very poorly educated . There is no accountability for the Chowkidars or their stooges .

  • adnan on March 22, 2007, 0:34 GMT

    inzy we gonna miss u.u win match for pakistan thousand time.allah bless u

  • Ian Botham on March 21, 2007, 19:46 GMT

    Excellent article. I cannot agree with you more that a player should be given freedom to talk in a language of their own choice.

    However, I agree with your board's decision as well. They should've slightly altered the manner in the way they handled this. They should've had an agreement with SL, Bangl and Indian boards to restrict press conferences to each player's mother tongues. Not allowed them to speak in English. This would've been a true show of culture. You would then have had, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, Bangla, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and all other dialects at show. Now this would've added a real flavor to the world cup.

    What do you say, readers?

  • Tahir Ahmad, Oakville, Canada on March 19, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    "Bakwas is bakwas in Urdu or English" So ture.

  • Qaiser Hussain on March 19, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    Asalaam o Alaikum I think any one who does not agree with you on this subject Mr Abbasi is living in a fools paradise. We seem to invite controversy where ever we go with our outdated way of promoting ourselves. I bet this was the brilliant idea of our newly appointed media manager, the hapless P.J.Mir. The guy was no good in his tv program, and now just because he wanted spotlight he came up with this joke. I think ENOUGH IS ENOUGH get rid of all these egoistic tripes and lets get back to normal. WE have seen enough, heard enough, being embarrassed enough.

  • Ashfaq on March 19, 2007, 3:55 GMT

    Whether English or Urdu, it takes more than language to promote tourism. And PCB, if that's your concern, try promoting it via what you (ought to do best) cricket(lest you had forgotten).

    As it is, the language skills of Pakistani cricketers in Urdu alone, leaves much to be desired and when they have the opportunities to improve on a language commonly spoken the world of cricket, you take that away. The Pakistan I grew up in and remember, was very secular, very cultural yet very diverse and extremely tolerant, thus tourism friendly.

    But then again, I might be barking up the wrong tree...

    For heaven's sake, first of all, you are in

  • Asif Zulfiqar on March 18, 2007, 17:03 GMT

    AHHHH!! I got it now! This is what was missing. I was wondering why we keep on failing to perform in bigger arenas such as World Cup. “SPEAK MORE URDU STUPID.” This ought to do it. Great start preparing for next world cup [disaster]. Furthermore, let me ask this. Have we done something about wicket keeper yelling at the blower in English yet? You know that’s bad karma. After all we don’t wanna loose our image of “Urdu speaking oxymorons” right in the middle of game. More pragmatic approach would be to adopt a fresh speech policy on the field, that is, congratulating bowlers in Urdu, reprimanding them in Punjabi, celebration of a wicket in Sindhi, and disappointment of missed LBW in Pushto etc. etc. This should endow our strategy to provide a regional touch to our legacy.

    Somebody, please wake me up when we start focusing on real issues.

  • Yousuf on March 18, 2007, 16:40 GMT

    Abdul Moiz, Mr Kamran uses the reference to the beard not to denigrate it, but to help us understand the reality it implies with the current world situation. I am absolutely confident he meant not insult.

    As for the Pakistan cricket team, there is some cheer. They can now speak all the Urdu they want. Because guess what, they are going home!

  • Sabahat on March 18, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    While I agree that the reason given by PJ Mir (that of speaking in Urdu helping promote tourism) is ridiculous to say the least, but to the rest of your article, I am very sorry to note that you and many commentators have a bad case of the Gora Complex I talk about here.

  • Khalid Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    This is going to be more fun than if we won the World cup!!!

  • Roshan Shah on March 18, 2007, 15:16 GMT


    Right on! - Now since Pakistan has lost to Ireland, maybe it seems that Dr Nasim Ashraf had a mandate to have players keep focus on 'Urdu' practice over 'match practice' after WI defeated Pakistan.

    Now Pakistan can have as many Urdu Conferences as required.

    Dr Nasim Ashraf has gone mad. Get him checked with a real doctor and remove his 'Doctrate'. prefix please! If there should be anyone kicked out, start with him first.. how can Pakistan Cricketers have such kind of crazy people around them. They are so distracting.

  • Irfan on March 18, 2007, 14:47 GMT

    Plz guys dont talk against beard and urdu....but the thing that sm1 like Inzy speaking in Urdu will promote tourism is ridiculous...better hire some professionals for that

  • Rauf on March 18, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    Kamran, I agree with you that a player should not be forced to speak in Urdu, let them speak in whatever language they are most comfortable with then provide a translator.

    However; your swipe at "breaded men talking in Eastern tongue" is completely uncalled for. It shows your typical desi inferiority complex and pandering to Western stereotypes that all bearded men talking in foriegn tongue are upto no good. Be proud of who you are.

    I would also like the players to learn English because it is the most widely used language atleast in the cricketing world today. Making an effort and speaking in broken English is perfectly OK if one wishes to do so. People who are embarrased by this are the one's still stuck in "old Raj" with their slavish minds.

    As far as PCB promoting tourism.. well they are a joke anyways. No comments.

  • Mohammad Umair on March 18, 2007, 8:48 GMT

    Dear All,

    I agree with Mr.Abdul Aziz's comment that while talking about any religous matter we should think before writing or saying anything , Dear brothers ,Pakistan has lost the way and world cup as well for this stupid result we were not even dared to talk about the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H). We should understand and realise this very quickly and analyse ourselves what we have said and immediately shoudl ask forgiveness from GOD as this is a serious sin done knowingly or unknowingly . By saying this i doesnt mean that no body should argue or criricise about a bearded man but only about his deeds not about his appearance ,w e should be very very careful my dear brothers and sisters , don't go so far and dont keep a little bit of "BUGHZ" baout the Sunnahs of our propher and all other issues related to Imaaan, we muslims nowadays become so liberal that we started to tlak in away of nonmuslim this shows our knowldege and Imaan are both weak as a result we our far away from practicing it in our daily life whihc is giving wrong imrpesssion to our younger geneartions and obviously non muslims are analysing us critically , we all know this , so what i mean to say here is that criticism is very good but it should be within certain boundaries and being muslims we should all know our boundary very very well. I personally have serious arguments with inzimam , woolmer and PCB but it doesnt mean that we should start saying asnyhting we want to.


  • Haqnawaz Habib on March 18, 2007, 8:38 GMT

    I watched yesterday match, from beginning to the end. For sure Ireland deserve to win. They were energetic, determined and their body language was way positive then their counterpart. I would also like to say that Pakistan under 19 team which won the under 19 worldcup in bangladesh can easily beat this irish team. I have seen that particular final as well, they were energetic, positive, determined and they won it.

    I think cricket as a game is changing day by day. Teams in the sub-continent do not have any formula. Noway you could be in Australian team if you do not perform well in a series or few matches. They utilize their resources quite well. We do not have enough resources? We do not have enough players? Their game plan was way negative from the beginning. There were no player who can stay and bat till the end. I do not want to list the players name here but everything was horrible.

    Pakistan is back home. This is a result of small errors. Rana should not play even the first match, Kaneria supposed to play the second match not the first one but NO .. it's useless to make any scenarios right now as for Pak team .. it's THE END!

    They should revise the match selection. They should make players realize that if they do not perform well, they are OUT. Younis probably have this thing in mind that even if he is not performing he is going to play for 10 more years.

    Yesterday was the black day in the history of world cup, in the history of Pakistan Cricket. They should accept rather then talking about if, why and should be.

    I was just hoping that the match should go till the end rather then ended before due to DL method, because then probably we have got some excuse and this is what we do .. making EXCUSES. Admitting your mistake and working on it for the improvement is always a good habit.

    I am looking forward for some exciting matches in the super eight and hoping to see newzeland, south africa and australia in the semi final. The fourth team could be any of the five and the final between australia vs newzeland or australia vs south africa. The team who will not panic will win. Atleast we will see some quality cricket and good matches.

  • mo on March 18, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    hmmm. Kamran.. you have nailed it. 1. We need to win before we worry about what language we should speak to the world. 2. If we do win (some day), the world will listen in whatever language we speak in. Urdu is our official language that all of us speak as Pakistani. 3. Abdul Moiz, Kamran is messaging what the world thinks about bearded men. Be tolerant.

  • Jumping Bean on March 18, 2007, 8:06 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, I'm awaiting your next post on the Pakistan team's abysmal World Cup performance. It should be a good one!

  • Abid Khan on March 18, 2007, 8:05 GMT

    Its the morning of March 18th. Yesterday Pakistan lost to Ireland and were effectively bundled out of the World Cup. Surely heads will roll but whose heads ? The Captain or Coach ? These guys have always been made scapegoats and its not their fault. The fault lies entirely with the PCB. Why in the world cant we have green pitches to play our domestic cricket on ? Why must all first class matches be played on rolled mud tracks which are featherbeds and devoid of grass, thereby not allowing the ball to seam or even swing. Do we live in a desert and have no water to grow grass on all cricked pitches ? For past 30 years I have been hearing that Pakistan pitches are soft and do not support fast bowlers. WHY ? Until 5 years ago we had the best fast bowling attack in the world but the pitches were still the same ? WHY ? Why is it that Pakistani batsmen started missing or edging the ball when they play in England or Australia ? I think everyone knows the answers. Its to do with the way they play cricket or are brought up playing cricket. You cannot change habits, honed over a number of years, overnight or in a couple of weeks when touring.

    The malaise is with structure of the PCB starting with the Patron. He should gracefully resign his position as obviously he doesn't have a clue about cricket let alone the country he has taken over. Next the entire board, I mean ENTIRE, top to bottom should be sacked with IMMEDIATE effect. Pakistan Cricket will not suffer. It cannot possibly get any worse than this. The board should then be reconstituted as a profitable organisation, not as a personal fiefdom to provide jobs to boot lickers and toadies.

    Pakistn has the talent but its not being channelled properly. For that only the board is to blame and no one else.

  • Ayub khan on March 18, 2007, 7:54 GMT

    This is in reply to Mr. Abdul Moiz's Post regarding Youssaf Youhana's beard and all that bullshit. What I fail to understand is this : Why do the duplicate muslims (Reid the shoe bomber, Padila the Dirty Bomber, Jacqueline the Belgian bitch who blew herself up in Iraq) are trying to overtake the true muslims. If people could only be themselves it would be a wonderful world. Why don't you drug pushers and child killers have some good models like Shahrukh Khan (Indian Film star) Mohammed Younus (the Gramin Bank Founder) or Shirin Abidi (Nobel peace prize) or Asma Jehangir (Womens right lawyer) It's not in the size of your beard that goodness lies. It lies in your heart. Please don't discuss religion in sports blog. The west was fed up with religion thousands of years ago. When will we in the East learn Aur Hum Log Kab Goron Ke Tatte Uthana Band Karenge. A Imran Khan or Javed Miandad would have been a better coach for Pakistan than our gora Bob.

  • Sri Lankan on March 18, 2007, 6:58 GMT

    keep yousuf, inzi, yoonis khan, afridi, shoib malik, imran nazir, sami and drop all the others including coach, pcb president, selectors. bring back yasir hameed, razzak, asif, anwar ali khan, shabir ahmad plssssssssssss

  • Sri Lankan on March 18, 2007, 6:55 GMT

    Sorry pakistan. i had high regard for your team and not to qualify for even the super 8's is a shame. I'm gonna officially start supporting bangladesh

  • Sri Lankan on March 18, 2007, 6:53 GMT

    I think the complete infrastructure of this PCB (Prized Collection of Buffons) need to be changed

  • usama on March 18, 2007, 6:52 GMT

    well now pakistan is out of the world cup. pakistan lost to Ireland today, the most saddest day of cricket in pakistan history i'd say. PCB had invested so much money in this team. they brought the best coach in the world to work with the players but i think once thing always lacked in this team, LEADERSHIP. inzi is probably the worst captain pakistan ever had and today im happy he'll only be in pakistan team for one more match. well with this loss to the irish, pakistan has lost millions of its fans. i doubt i'll ever watch paskitan cricket the way i used to. im sure many others will do the same. cricket needs intelligence and a postive body language, which inzy lacks. he should've been retired a year ago. and younis khan has no place in the oneday side either. shoaib malik is an ideal # 3 batsman and yasir hameed could be @ # 5 after the experiecned yousaf. den we have afride and razaq an akmal to follow. but pakistan made a mess out of this world cup. hafeez whose srike is 58 and avaerage of less den 20 gets to be in the world cup instead of farhat who is the only left hander in the team at an average of around 30. pakistan need to get a captain who is smart and sharp in the field hu can make quick decisiosn absed on the circumstances unlike inzi hu lets things happen and stands like an ass. plus this is world cup not a tableeghi camgain. it is pathetic to see inzamam bring in religon into cricekt. i am never gona say that dont be religious but cricket is a sport not a stage to show ur religion. wen i see inzamam after a match it seems like hes gona do a recitaion. pakistan needs woolmer. hes a great coach. pasktian just needs a captain, maybe malik, or even afridi would give better results than aloo. i really want pakistan cricket to change, i love this game and i want them to win, please change this system, please.

  • Sri Lankan on March 18, 2007, 6:49 GMT

    holy crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! losing to ireland. you got to be kidding

  • ahmed moiz on March 17, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    Urdu or English does not make any diffrence, you are coming back home after playing only three games in WC. Shame on you, as players, management, and whoever you are in PCB. We need a tune-up from bottom to top. Mr Naseem should be gone along with his CHAMCHAS for this aftermath.

  • Peter Pan on March 17, 2007, 20:42 GMT

    Ireland deserves to be promoted to full membership status of ICC. On the other hand Pakistan 's performamce call for its relegation to Associate Membership of ICC status .

    I was also wondreing what spin Woolmer will use for the sad status he has brought Pakistan team to . As for the nincompoop , Chairman of PCC -- promoting touris indeed -- I hope he at least has the decency to announce his resignation by Sunday , 18th March .

  • Paul O Mahoney on March 17, 2007, 20:04 GMT

    Lads, greetings from Ireland, 132 all out, if we win this one we'll speak "as gaeilge"( in Irish) for ever, cant see the match no coverage in Ireland

  • samir from san francisco, usa on March 17, 2007, 18:37 GMT

    right on kamran..quick comment on the last note..abdul moiz is an example of the problem in our world. America is at fault with spreading fundamentalist christianity, and mr. abdul moiz is the other side. If we could just think, and educate to think sensibly, mohammed yousuf would not need to feel that he needs a beard to play well, or to be a good muslim. Then maybe Pakistan cricket would rely on a Allah a little less, and have to put more confidence in themselves, and we could really win on merit and be proud of it. Sorry to be on my soapbox, but it is the truth. sometimes the truth hurts

  • Usman Qidwai on March 17, 2007, 18:27 GMT

    It seems that Pakistan is actually an ICC associate member who are up against the strong regular ICC test playing countries...this is all I have to say about their sorry state..Absolutely shameful

  • Asif Khan on March 17, 2007, 18:12 GMT

    Definition of Bakwas = Pakistans batting performance against Ireland.

  • Jholay Lal on March 17, 2007, 18:11 GMT

    Kamran ,

    With Pakistan 's dismal batting against the Irish , I expect Woolmer and Nasim Ashraf will be focusing on what spin to use to cover up for their incompetence .

    Nasim ashraf was a sheer disaster . Woolmer should see what a changed for better team he has produced for Bangla Desh . In comparison , Woolmer has brought Pakistan to its lowest depth .

    Inzamam and Younis Khan should be sacked immediately . I hope Imran Khan is persuaded to becopme the Chairman of the PCB - with as suggested here with the rank and status of Prime Minister . We need to rebuild cricket again .

  • shiraz, Houston, USA on March 17, 2007, 18:10 GMT

    what is bakwas is the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Coach, the Captain and the whole team...they are a Disgrace!

    Pakistani people should wait at the airport with sticks and stones and shoes to Welcome their so called Heroes when they return as losers from West Indies...

  • Waleed on March 17, 2007, 16:42 GMT

    Well i don't mind if they speak in Urdu. Every nation promotes it's own language and culture so why not we? (Angrez'on say barh kay angrez bannay mein akhir humain mila he kia hae?) but to say that if Pakistani cricketer's Urdu will draw a significant change to the tourism industry in Pakistan is a hilarious statement i agree to this. As to Bearded guy's image is a negative image or it will lead to Taliban's picture by using Urdu as a language is a bullshit, it shows the primitive frame of one's own head. One should expand the dimensions of his head rather to make it a pumpkin.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah- Saudia Arabia on March 17, 2007, 16:40 GMT

    Kamran Sahab, You had mentioned a few days ago that Pakistan has the capability of beating any Team except Australia. Now I think its time for you to eat your words because the bearded brigade of Inzamam are down to 72 for 6 against guess who? ‘IRELAND an associate member of ICC and really nothing of the Cricket World’. We don’t need the Magraths, Kumbeles, Bonds, Sean Pollacks as botha of Ireland is enough and his figures 5 overs 4 maidens 3 for 2 runs shows the class of our Team. I wish and Pray to ALLAH SWT that this match goes Ireland’s way and thus Pakistan will be shunted out from the World Cup. The reason I say this is because I want the Pakistani Nation to be relieved of the stress that they have to go through due to the lowest of the low performances of the bearded brigade led by an idiot Inzamam.

    I would however like to ask this glutton as to where be his God? And why ALLAH SWT is not on his side? I know the answer. And I would like him to self analyze and find out the reasons. I would also like to have this bloody idiot sacked enough before he lands back in Pakistan.

    The Biggest Bakwas is the Team in itself!

    Regards, pakigreen

  • Changa Munda on March 17, 2007, 16:32 GMT

    Kamran ,

    Looks like it is curtais for Pakistan and the team will be exiting from the World Cup .

    I wonder whether the main architect of our defeat Musharraf - the Patron in Chief of PCB - who has the main responsibility for the humiliation for Pakistan cricket not only in West Indies but earlier in South Africa as well will resign . He had appoited one nincompoop after another as Chairman PCB . First of all Tauqir Zia , then Sheheryar and then the biggest noincompoop of all Nasim Ashraf . I hope Nasim Ashraf willhave the decency to resign . Younis Khan and Inzammam should be sacked immediately .

    As for Woolmer he should compare his results with what Whatmore has done for Bangla Desh .

  • Shahid Kinnare on March 17, 2007, 16:05 GMT

    Bakwas in Urdu is Bakwas but in Enlglish it is not because I did check Oxford English Dictionary and it does not have "Bakwas" word entry in Dictionary.

  • Shahid Kinnare on March 17, 2007, 16:00 GMT

    I think Pakistan Cricket team has decided rightly not speaking in English. We know that western media is hostile to Pakistan. It is great defence agains the hostile media of Western World. And if media does not understand Urdu they can hire some Pakistani. Job created for Pakistan. Great point. I am really happy that finally some one in Pakistan and the brain and guts to do this. I wish President of Pakistan would stop talking in English. It will greatly benefit Pakistan.

  • Arshad on March 17, 2007, 14:26 GMT

    When tourism departments in most countries are embracing English to lure tourists, PCB has decided it knows better. Is this some kind sick joke? Maybe someone at the Board has a dark sense of humor!

  • CHEIF jUSTICE on March 17, 2007, 13:41 GMT

    To Abdul Moiz, please do not get on a high horse and leave your religion out of this forum. Only your deeds count if u believe in after life and the length of your bushy beard. Inzi and co. are more interested in the religion than cricket for which they are being paid for. They should be sacked and sent to the mosque.

  • Mohammad Kamran from Karachi on March 17, 2007, 13:13 GMT

    i think theres nothing bad in speaking in Urdu, and theres nothing bad in the reason too that they're speaking it for promoting Pakistani language.

    Why create a news item out of nothing. Its a step taken by the PCB and theres nothing too wrong with it. People who have the right frame of mind (and the right frame of eyes) know what Pakistan stands for, they know that majority of Pakistanis are not what the western media potrays them to be.

    So those who get scared away from a person who speaks in urdu with a beard, he is wrong on his side of percieving things, no fault of Pakistan on that.

  • M. Nawaz Janjua on March 17, 2007, 12:44 GMT


    Thanks very much Mr. Farhan Khan (Houstan USA). I am totally agreed with you. What you have written, should be read by Mr. Kamran and all other Pakistani readers very carefully. We should be carefull while saying anything on a forum like this about our beloved Pakistan, Islam and its related values. Rather, we should be proud of being Pakistanis and an Urdu speaking nation.

    I know one thing, the nations who love & use their language properly in all the fileds especially in the education, tend to make progress in this world. You have the examples of China, Japan, Germany, France etc. We should speak English as and when nedded and must not make it a necessity. Even at the stage of United Nations, we have observed many heads of different states addressing in their own languages and never feeling ashamed. Then why we feel proud of speaking English. Why not to use a translator whenever required at different forums? Its because we are the victims of inferiority complex. Please get rid of these feelings and be straight. Love Pakistan, Islam, Urdu and your beloved values and don't be a lughing stock before others. Yes, PCB must think before announcing anything concerning national matters so that no new discussions should be started. This is the time to concentrate on winning the WORLD CUP. That should be our prime concern at the moment. ALLAH HAFIZ & WASSALAM.

  • Veeru on March 17, 2007, 12:09 GMT

    I think Mr. Abbassi has brought out a good observation. While the player should be speaking the language that he can express better, we need to understand the meaning of communication. For communication to be effective, it needs to be understood by the listener with exact meaning that the speaker intends to convey. If that can be done in Urdu, so be it. If that can't be done in Urdu, then it is no good. And I don't think speaking in Urdu would invite more tourists. In stead a better law and order situation, a better infrastructure and off course an effective marketing may be better thing to do to promote tourism. Make Pakistan a safe place for people who are not muslims or Pakistanis, and you would get much needed tourism. Create faith among foreigners that you do care for humanities, no matter what faith they pursue and you will find more and more friends taking a step forward.

    I am personally a big fan of Urdu language. But imposing it on human beings would only alienate them to this beautiful language.

  • Talat Ali, Lahore on March 17, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    We Pakistanis may be deficient in a lot of things, but are we lacking in a sense of humour too? It is said that only a secure and strong nation can poke fun at itself! Its strange how some people on this blog have totally missed Kamran’s satire. Judging from their knee-jerk reactions, people like Aurangzeb Syed seem to have the sense of humour of a wounded bloodhound! Gentlemen, kindly preserve the decencies of debate! Get off the high horse. No one is suggesting there is anything wrong in speaking Urdu. But Kamran questioned the PCB’s motive in making language an issue when no other nation has! Shouldn’t the players’ minds be on cricket totally? Or has Nasim Ashraf decided that the Pakistan team has no chance in the WC and decided to seek secondary objectives such as “promoting tourism”? And why would you want to visit a country that seems alien and rigid? Shouldnt you project a warm and welcoming image in order to entice tourists? The whole idea is ridiculous, and no amount of ultra-patriotic drivel can hide that fact!

    As for discouraging English, its no big deal. It’s none of our concern that Indians are landing the biggest contracts and the most lucrative jobs because they are better at English. Who cares!

  • ahmad shah mian on March 17, 2007, 11:21 GMT

    Well i will say its nothing but the Inferiority complex, insecurity for those who contributing to this blog . I think Inzi and co were born and breaded in Pakistan not in the UK. I understand learning other language is an extra skill and one should not be ashamed of not speaking English. And it is also true that when other native English speakers come across with subcontinent speakers, they find it very hard to pick them because of the THICK accent. And the true example for that in the business world is call centres going back from India because of the native eng speakers customers complaints, that they are not able to pick Indian accent. If you look at Germans, although they can speak better English but they wont speak, and we get impressed by their act very much. I found one comment about 1971, fork and stuff, well brown sahib I bet if you had in that player position you would have done something worse. Take the example of top class Chinese restaurant , when you go there they feel happy to show you how to eat with sticks, they don’t laugh at you. And I am sure if anybody approaches you to learn the way you eat you would be more than happy to teach him rather than tacking the piss of him. Again I will say , to learn as much as you can but don’t be so Obsessed with how to eat with knife and fork.

  • B AFRAIDI B VERY AFRAIDI on March 17, 2007, 11:08 GMT

    PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD {P.C.B}constantly provides too much entertainment to the world, i request to pakistan government to start PCB TV channel,i bet it would be more populat then al-jazeera

  • sunil from melbourne on March 17, 2007, 11:04 GMT

    you are absolutely rite kamran bhaai.this things are create a negative image about pakistan.wat a great idea from some great ppl to encourage the pakistan tourisam and bring urdu to world wide. anyway because of this issue urdu becomes popular in sports media.

  • Umar on March 17, 2007, 11:00 GMT

    Quite right. Promoting tourism requires marketing and marketing works best in the language of the audience and not when you speak an alien language !

  • YouhanaFan on March 17, 2007, 10:51 GMT

    The article is amazing, but i fear not too many peope understood it. Mr. Kamram is writing about the PCB decision to speak in Urdu for tourism promotional purposes. If it is or isnt our mother tongue, is irrelevant. And for people who think our team is full of bearded saints I strongly suggest some research into their personal lives.

  • Shehzad on March 17, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    Inzi is speaking is good english. I is dont know why P.J Mir banned is speaking english? Malik, Danish, Rana, Razzaq, Hafeez, yousuf, younis, is all is speaking good Englinsh.

  • senthil kumar on March 17, 2007, 10:02 GMT

    i am indian but loves to watch pakistan cricket often.i have been watching pakistan's matches since 1980.i always loved imran,two W's in their action.but now what happened to pakistan pace attack? they are medicore encourage them pcb should do some thing really good,instead they impose some restrictions on the players(ie to speak in urdu...)is totally rediculous.i was so amazed when saeed anwar hit 194 at madras(i was there).but now there is not a proper opener they have.they dont have any menacing hide all these they(pcb) are making all foolish things.

  • Abdul Moiz on March 17, 2007, 9:11 GMT

    Assalamoalaikum. I agree to every thing that you have written Mr Abbasi. But one comment about "bearded" men just breaks my heart. It just actually shows what kind of beliefs muslims of today follow. the people who have commented also make me disgusted. I've had the privilege of meeting Mohammad Yousuf and Masha'Allah what a muslim he has become. KINDLY DO NOT SAY ANY THING ABOUT THE BEARD CAUSE ITS A WAJIB SUNNAH OF ALLAH'S BELOVED i.e PROPHET MUHAMMAD PEACE BE UPON HIM, (incase people have forgotten)

  • CHEIF jUSTICE(Non functional) Paki on March 17, 2007, 9:04 GMT

    Come on Ireland!!! Go n'eiri an t-tadh leat!(Good Luck)

  • mirza mudassir baig on March 17, 2007, 8:55 GMT

    assalamuallakuim kamran abbasi. well it is not the way banned english in conferences. every journalist dont know URDU langauage then how can they understand

  • Haqnawaz Habib on March 17, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    Language is important as it conveys one point of view but beside language it is important that the person should be "expressive" as well. There is no use in speaking in english if you can not say what you want to and instead of it you keep on saying ...

    the players played good the team played good we all played good

    and ..

    I am happy with the performance of boys they performed well they bowled well

    so its better to speak in urdu rather then creating a short comedy (in a way its good as well :).

    and beside this the most important thing is winnign the worldcup .. who cares if you are speaking in URDU or even PASHTO!

  • Faridoon on March 17, 2007, 8:10 GMT

    Speak only Urdu...? ... and just when I thought Inzi's English was improving. Typical of PCB init'? Just when a player or a team is improving, chop and change, and voila! Chaos is restored!

  • Ramzan on March 17, 2007, 7:26 GMT

    Kamran Sahab, I have a suggestion

    Instead of creating drama behind the screen..why don't they arrange some tutions for the players and PCB board members (i.e. Spoken English course - speak English in 15 days...) it may work

    PCB is looking forward to move the vehicle fast forward with the riverse gear....Shame shame puppy shame...hey wake up

  • pervaizkhan on March 17, 2007, 7:10 GMT

    Dear Kamran, congratulations on showing th e task to our team,world cup games &winning them, play in urdu speak in english or vice versa. a crickter does not bother for these things when on the field, this not english medium school of urdu speaking country boys .This is WEST INDIES & the world cup is ON. have some respect for 160 million people who pray for you & love the game adn you all guys. please rise to the occasion the country needs you& expects you to fight like,CRNERED TIGER. good luck, be the lady luck on your side today and forever. Amin

  • sohel khan on March 17, 2007, 6:39 GMT

    It is well knwon that Inji & his most team mates can not speak english fluently.Pakistani players problem with speaking english isn't new But PCB's new rule will not increase the image of the team but also the nation. Main duty of PCB is to develope cricket in Pakistan not develope the tourism potentiality.When a cricket board failed to do better in tournament then that type of board act such insignificant & irrelevent rubbish thing

  • Sunil on March 17, 2007, 6:39 GMT

    I am from Lahore, Pakistan but I'm disgusted by the fact that Pakistan only want to speak in Urdu. What if Sri Lankans, South Africans, Kenyans, West Indians and so forth only wanted to speak in their languages? What kind of a world are we living in? I hope hey do well in the World Cup but they ned to realise they are not the only country involved!!!

  • Khurram on March 17, 2007, 6:29 GMT

    Today ICC banned on pakistan for not speaking in Urdu and I am sure after few days they will banned that if paki players will have beard then they will not play. I am sure if this will happen then PCB can't do anything just will watch like funny program.

  • kicker on March 17, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    nice work kamran ..really @ our team man ..even if they speak in urdu see how our beloved inzi potato speak even urdu "woh jooana woh jooana woh joooana woh joonana hum khel rahein hain aur haar gaye buss iss may marzi nahi thi oopper walay kee" ...embrasssing really and damn they lack professionalism so much..over all education does play important role in life but over team is sorry to say uneducated which is a fact.

  • Changa Munda on March 17, 2007, 5:43 GMT

    Kamran ,

    You are spot on as usual . Pakistan has two really tough matches ahead of it , todays match against Ireland will be a challenge as will be the match against Zimbabwe . The problem for the Pakistani team , as of now , is that the Irish have got the Pakistani team off guard .

    Maulvi Inzamam's full attention and focus is on bringing Bob Woolmer to the fold of Islam ( next target on the queue is Kanaria ) . Inzamam is being ably assisted in this nopble task by Naveed and Akmal . What the liberal Pakis do not understand is that while Sami is a better bowler than Naveed and Akmal can neither bat nor keep wickets but these things are not important ( we should be understanding they are trying to put a few souls on the right track ) . Now , Maulvi Inzamam would love to have recommendations for the new Muslim name for Woolmer .

    Maulvi Inzamam has the full support of Naseem Ashraf . Take my word , before we exit from the World Cup ( only a minor diversion ) , the Team Pakistan , its coach and all officials will be fully practicing Muslims .

    \What more can you ask for ?

  • M B Khan on March 17, 2007, 5:43 GMT

    Kamran, your posts are good n everything but could you kindly replace this clown pic of your's with a more decent one? seriously, u look like a drag queen.

  • Danish Khan on March 17, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    Isn't wearing a coloured shirt that says a big 'PAKISTAN' on it far better and effective in promoting tourism? Isn't speaking in English sending a signal to the foreigners that, yes, we will be able to converse once you're here? Are we not going to miss Inziiiiiiiiiiii's humouress blunders?

    Since the players are barred from speaking to journalists, why in the first place did Danish Kaneria get to speak and formed the basis of this lame excuse for speaking only Urdu? And if Destination Pakistan 2007 is the drum, then why didn't they push for having a logo on the team's bags, shirts, or even the willow?

    This is quite stupid and the Media Manager should drop it, he's better of with a staged Q&A with PJ Mir.

  • Maaza Mango on March 17, 2007, 5:28 GMT

    urdu is for the tourism purposes only, no? ok, everybody is to be speaking the urdu at the press conference time, why not? other country to also do the same, no problem. then no need for english.

  • Nasser on March 17, 2007, 5:24 GMT

    Just a thought to get everyone to relax before the Ireland game. If Pakistan cannot beat both Ireland and Zimbabwe, then our team does not belong in the Super 8 and therefore we should not be upset about them not making it. If they truly belong in the Super 8, they will get there. Enjoy the game.

  • Shahryar on March 17, 2007, 5:21 GMT

    You are allowing foreigners and rubbish to make fun of us, and they are already very biased against us. Maybe you should consider this when you pick on your fellow countrymen for their shortcomings. People like you will do anything to get attention, even humiliate your own country. Only Pakistanis do this, and why, I dont understand. And it allows biased Indians and White people to enjoy the situation even more. Have some shame. And please change that picture, u look constipated.

    And its really none of your business who has a beard and who doesnt. Stop poking fun at your own religion, just because you suck at following it. Beards is nothing important in Islam, its doing the right things. So stop making it an issue just because u want attention.

  • hari on March 17, 2007, 5:08 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, a great article of urs as usual. Pakistan is a great team with lot of talented players, but asking all the players to speak in urudu in a big tournament like world cup is slightly embarassing.

    It is okay with players who are not comfortable in English, but still only when they talk in English, they can improve their skills in that subject. If a a good player keeps on talking in Urudu until he retires, he wont get a chance to learn English.

    At least those who are really good in English should have allowed to speak in English only.

    Promoting tourism in the form of speaking in urudu is just stupidity. If that is the case, then let them wear kurtha pyjama instead of regular uniforms.

  • Fawad K on March 17, 2007, 4:50 GMT

    I have a better idea. Inzi should speak in Punjabi and Afridi in Pushto. That way they can all promote regional tourism i.e. to Multan and Tirah. Man! PCB is getting so smart. They should be in Marketing. Well, if we are not playing crciket very well, so what. We are promoting tourism. Wow

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 17, 2007, 4:32 GMT

    Kamran Abbassi, with your permission I would like to respond to the post of Jon "March 16, 2007 11:45 PM". He has passed a sweeping comment about Islam and Muslims and the problem of integration of Muslims. So, PLEASE allow me to answer this, I understand it is slightly irrelevant to this blog, yet it is concerning us. So, please let me answer this for once. Thanks.

    Jon said: "Islam does have an image problem in the UK, after all the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorists were understood to be Islamic, and some people do think that the Muslim authorities in the UK are not doing enough to promote integration and discourage extremism."

    Jon - this image tarnishing campaign has been launched by none other than the British Prime Minister, who talked about this subject of integration and segregation a few months ago. Apparently he is the one who is confused, paranoid and finding hard in trying to keep a balance between his highly unpopular foreign policy and in keeping his house in order. He carries this extra baggage of a deeply unpopular and immoral foreign policy with his declared war on terror, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and he is only echoing BBV (Big Brother's Voice) on BBC. On many instances he made social cohesion even harder to understand or what he actually wants. With a few months left in his tenure, he is creating more problems for himself and for the party and as the critics say, "he is done and out."

    The fact is, he does not have a good record on listening to other people or taking into account their grievances for specific problems. And, he goes on with his own preconceived, stereotype notions and biases be it on war on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction or his home policy and in dealing with issues related to minorities. When addressing on issues of segregation or integration for example, he was directly referring it to as a Muslim problem.

    Segregation, is not a Muslim or an ethnic minority problem. It is a socio-economic issue or a problem that has come about as a result of various factors that primarily include white-flight, migration patterns, cheap housing, location of industry, local council policies so on and so forth. He has constantly been insinuating that Muslims are deliberately segregating themselves from our society by living in what politicians call "ethnic ghettoes", the blame is being apportioned to these groups while ignoring other reasons. Is anyone telling the white working classes in Oldham also to do more to integrate?

    And what exactly does he mean by saying integrate or, adopt our values, or stay away or don't come here? "Stay away" in other words is go back! Those who came to Britain 50-60 years ago were professionals and by nature movers and pushers and they were needed in Britain and Britain welcome them. Whereas, for those countries from where they came from, it was a brain drain. They came to Britain by choice and the choice was not only for better prospects, or a better future, but the most important of all was the freedom of speech, the freedom of practicing their own religion and the freedom to maintain their cultural values. If it wasn't for this they could have gone to Russia, the former U.S.S.R. where foreign students in those days were very welcome and were also treated with great respect. The only problem over there was the problem of the proverbial dog, which was not allowed to bark. And people preferred to choose the land of freedom of speech rather than living in a country with a duct tape on their mouth. Besides, the language was also an advantage for them over Russia.

    Over a period of five to six decades with all the hardships they faced in settling in a new country, still they merged, assimilated and integrated up to a level to which all immigrants all over the world do, barring a few idiots which is not restricted to one particular sect. community or country. They are everywhere, in every country. In Britain, Sajid Mahmood and Monty Panesar when playing against Pakistan and India are considered as British whereas, the rest of the population is still ethnic Asians, why?

    When the British went to India or anywhere else in the world during their colonial days, did they merge with the Indians and the rest of the other nations or countries where they lived? Did they assimilate and integrate in to their culture and their way of life? When the Europeans went to America, did they merge with the native Indians and adopted their culture and their values? I don't need to go in to the details of what they did over there or what kind of damage they inflicted on those countries, culture, and in dividing the countries and in disintegrating the values and culture in a well orchestrated and in a very systematic manner.

    In the name of war on terror, you cannot change the basic fundamental rights of freedom for ALL the minorities because of the fear from an extremely insignificant, negligible portion of stupid people in the society, you are labeling and branding everyone else in the minority group with the same name and trying to drive them with the same yardstick it is simply a delusional disorder and paranoia on part of the Prime Minister. Some people envy paranoiac because they actually feel that people are paying attention towards them. And he is the Prime Minister of those unfortunate people from whom he is getting that attention.

  • Faridoon on March 17, 2007, 4:28 GMT

    I think I speak on behalf of my 140 million countrymen when I say:


    What on earth goes on between those two ears of Dr Ashraf we will never know. Our boys need to be thinking of only one thing, their cricket. It's called FOCUS. We are screwing with their minds by diverting their attention to idoitic notions like speaking english. Mind you, most of our Paki boys speak better English than Urdu, being more proficient in their ethnic language, either Punjabi or Pushto. And for tourism? my foot!! What's next? Inzi to give holiday trip for two packages for the opposing captain at the toss. Then at the end of the game distribute fliers to all opposing team mates when they shake hands!


  • Saima Kamal, USA on March 17, 2007, 3:09 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    You should have written this article in Urdu, because after all its Tourism Year! No, seriously because the point is being totally missed by a lot of people here. Guys, where is your sense of humour?

    Let me summarise the issues as I see them:

    1. The issue is not Urdu versus English. The burning question is: why did the PCB ban English? The Indians didnt, the Bangladeshis didnt, the Zimbabweans didnt! Instead of concentrating on cricket, why did the PCB make language an issue? For Gods sake, dont we have enough distractions, what with the nandrolone affair, Oval fiasco etc?

    2. We are proud of our heritage. But there has to be a sense of proportion. Heck, we love salwar kamiz too. But should Inzamam turn up on the field in kurta and face the qibla during the toss? Should the players decide to appeal in Urdu? Come on! You promote your country by making it appealing, not making it seem strange and rigid!

    3. Some are saying that its a "polite excuse" from the PCB to shield the players from embarrassment. Thats just the problem - there have been too many polite excuses from the PCB in recent times. Maybe thats why Pak cricket is in a shambles?

    4. If Inzi is Ok with speaking broken English, I for one have no problem with it. I would rather hear "boys play good" from Inzi than getting the same second hand from PJ Mir!

    5. Cricketers are our ambassadors. Thats why the image they project is important. If they want to promote Pakistan, they should win the World Cup!

    Saima Kamal New jersey

  • Euceph Ahmed on March 17, 2007, 2:53 GMT

    Jaydee bhaiyya... I hate to stoop down to your level, but this one time I couldn't resist myself. Please note that it's VENTRILOQUIST and not "ventroquilist" as you seem to believe. Now you're going to say "acha haan, wohi wohi" but you know that you do it a lot to people i. e. pick on their innocent mistakes. So this is just a little taste of your own medicine. Lagta hay angraizi aap ki bhi thori si langri hay!!!

  • Taimur Huk on March 17, 2007, 2:41 GMT

    i dont care what language the players speak in. as long as they are doing their job of PLAYING CRICKET, i am satisfied. and mr. abbasi, personally i dont think this was such a good topic to discuss as the world cup has started. i was expecting you to talk about something which will affect our team's performance in the world cup. speaking in a particular language during a press conference wont affect our team's performance.

  • ACE on March 17, 2007, 2:29 GMT

    Well PCB is a pack of non-pro idiots who only got their seats after lickin the feet of some guys on top... For the last 1 year is there anythin sensible or positive from the PCB?? Yes u got it right... nothin... zero... good job PCB n Dr... This is the latest blunder from the Dr. again.

    But remember its not our team its just the management that let us down lately so dont call Inzi or his boys bad plz...

    One last thing for Kamran... if u can only see the nagatives then u should quit writing here and by the way what good have u ever done for Pakistan?? always wrote stupid articles tryin to humiliate our team n country?? thats it??

    get a life man!!!

  • Sam Adikaree on March 17, 2007, 2:11 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous for PCB to ban Pakistani players from speaking English. PCB should realize that a language does not attract visitors to a country, natural beauty does. Pakistan has a beautiful landscape and as long as the Pak Govt. makes visiting Pakistan pleasant, people will come.

  • Nishant on March 17, 2007, 1:40 GMT

    Rajesh, what is India's cricket watching population and how many of them understand english? You are talking about less than fifty million people who understand english in a country with more than 1000 million people. And lets not forget that most people who understand english do not have any difficulty in understanding hindi. I don't understand why making more people feel comfortable and inclusive hurts anyone.

  • Raha on March 17, 2007, 1:07 GMT


    I say we all disguise ourselves as Sri Lankan fans for the time being...

    I know i will when we go to the Super Eight...I mean who knows when Mr. Naseem Ashraf might jump out of nowhere brandishing his US credentials, proclaiming progression under the guise of more idiocy as such and our poor cricketers in all their sincere confusion miserably throw another match and we Pakistani's are AGAIN made the laughing stock of the world!

    It's just not right, and i refuse to take it anymore..hehe...'ve got a new biggest fan.

  • rohit on March 17, 2007, 0:42 GMT

    What rubbish??? If speaking the mother tongue promoted tourism ,then Indian team would need 11 translators if all team members were asked to speak in their state language because almost all players speak a differnt language.

  • Aurangzeb Syed on March 17, 2007, 0:42 GMT

    I really cannot understand the colonized minds of the likes of Kamran Abbasi or those who have supported him in this blog--all those who are ashamed of speaking in their national language. And I dont get it at all how Kamran can say that speaking in Urdu "invokes a Western image of Orientalism". He clearly lacks any understanding of the genre of (bogus) knowledge called 'Orientalism'. I happen to teach in a university in the US and in one of my courses, we study Orientalism its critique. Actually, Kamran point happens to prove the assertions of Orientalism, any Orientalist would say.

    I believe that while it should be a player's choice whether he wants to respond to media questions in Urdu or English, it would be wise to encourage the use of Urdu. But to ridicule the use of Urdu is pathologically elitist and shameful. It is a manifestation of deep-seated inferiority complex among our "brown sahabs" that so many of them need a "white mask" to feel good and civilized. But while they cannot achieve equality with real whites by just speaking in English, they certainly do try to establish superiority over their own less fortunate national kin. Now, what kind of a person would feel good by establishing his/her superiority over the less fortunate masses of Pakistan? Only one who has a pathological mind for sure.

  • Rahimm Khann,UK on March 17, 2007, 0:38 GMT

    For gods sake ask PCB to allow Inzi to speak french or spanish if he wants to speak that but PCB should be more concerend to ask him to perform first and motivate the players to perform.

  • Gollumbird on March 17, 2007, 0:37 GMT

    It's the same colonial slavery mentally that has kept us poor and underdeveloped for all these years. It is a same kind of mentality which says that if a person can't speak English, he/she is somehow inferior to someone who does. This kind of insults to a national language would be unthinkable if that language was German, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Bengali, [fill your favourite national language]. Learn to be proud of your language and heritage, if not, feel free to keep your slavish mentality but don't impose yours on others. Your point of view is not shared by at least this Pakistani.

  • Tanzim Dallas on March 17, 2007, 0:36 GMT

    It is just like watching the comedy Ulta Seedha ;)

  • Jon on March 16, 2007, 23:45 GMT

    I have been interested in cricket for a long time, and it seems that the people running Pakistan cricket regularly mess things up. I respect the skill of the Pakistani players but not the administrators.

    I think the obvious solution is to let the Pakistan players use whatever language they are comfortable with in the press conferences and use interpreters if required.

    As regards to beards, this is irrelevant although as a whole Islam does have an image problem in the UK, after all the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorists were understood to be Islamic, and some people do think that the Muslim authorities in the UK are not doing enough to promote integration and discourage extremism.

  • khansahab on March 16, 2007, 23:35 GMT

    First of all thanks to Allah. Mr Javed A Khan, stop picking on people. You’re fine with writing elaborate comments about team strategy; that is what you do well and that is what is appreciated by most people. To respond to your comment about me leaving my sense of humour at Khyber Pass, well I have very remote links with the area, so remote that I won’t classify myself as a Pathan. The name “Khansahab” is due to my surname being “Khan” and nothing else. I thought it would be too boring to call myself “Khan” on this blog so I decided to add something to spice it up.

    I request you to call it a truce between yourself and Euceph Ahmed. Whereas it might be okay to have a bit of a laugh at times, I do feel that our motives are sincere in appearing on this blog and we need to be united in our general purpose so that we can, however tenuously, be of some influence to the Pakistani cricket think-tank. Is it not delightful that for once, educated and seasoned Pakistanis in the West can discuss issues like this (despite the occasional input of paindus, but then you’ll also find paindus on the moon)!? I marvel the opportunity of discussing views with wise and well-read individuals. God bless Mr Abbasi for his Pak Spin!

  • Adnan Haider on March 16, 2007, 23:34 GMT

    Mind boggling, simply mind boggling, how can some one has brain explosion like this.In verdict on nandrolene scandal it was said that Asif cant read english and so was not as severely this stupidity wont help that.

    And besides under Tauquir Zia an english course was conducted for our very talented cricketers, waste of dollars may be, if they are to speak urdu and promote our culture.

  • Aaloo Inzi on March 16, 2007, 23:08 GMT

    so true kamran, bakwas is same in both languages, cant wait till woolmer is fired and until inzi steps down.

  • pp on March 16, 2007, 22:55 GMT

    KARACHI, Mar 16: Internal bickerings and disagreement on several issues in the Pakistan team management have demotivated players taking part in the World Cup, according to sources in their camp.

    They said that already there have been a couple of incidents which highlight there is friction in the squad and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was not handling things well.

    "There is no doubt about the ability of this team to go all the way in the World Cup. The talent, experience and skills are there. What is lacking is motivation and a collective agreement on the strategy to be adopted for each match," one of the well-informed sources said.

    "As far as coach Bob Woolmer is concerned, he is more interested in his columns and diaries for a website and improving his public relations in the cricket fraternity. He apparently has lost communication channels with the captain and many of the players and is just counting his day before his contract expires in June," one source said.

    He said that since the Pakistan Cricket Board had not bothered to get Woolmer's contract vetted when it was prepared in 2004, it had a number of clauses in it which allowed the former England player to not only write in the media but also take up other assignments.

    "His influence is now negligent and the truth is that Inzamam does not bother to listen to either manager Talat Ali or media manager Pervez Mir and does what he likes," the source said.

    The source also disclosed that in a recent incident, Inzamam had behaved harshly with Mir and refused to attend a press conference when he went to fetch him.

    "Mir went and complained to the manager and he simply said welcome to the club. Mir than went to Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf and demanded action be taken against Inzamam for refusing to attend the conference and was told it would be better if he took either Woolmer or vice captain Younis Khan instead to the conference," the source revealed.

    In another incident which reflects there is a collective agreement on all matters missing in the team, many of the players felt that fast bowler Mohammad Sami should play instead of the out of form Rana Naved but after a decision on this at the team meeting, Inzamam decided to stick with Naved on the morning of the match.

    The team sources said there was also no unison on what to do after winning the toss with one group insisting on batting first and the other one backing Inzamam and Woolmer's viewpoint to field first on the relaid pitch.

    The source also disclosed that after the defeat to West Indies in the World Cup opener, Inzamam had tried to give a dressing down to the players in an emergency team meeting in the dressing room but it ended up with hot exchange of words with his deputy Younis Khan.

    "Inzamam castigated Imran Nazir for playing a loose shot and getting out recklessly despite being told by the coach not to repeat the same shot. At this time, Younis said he had said that it would be better to select Yasir Hameed instead of Nazir," the source said.

    "Inzamam rebutted him and reminded him that he (Younis) had also played a bad shot and brought pressure on the other batsmen. Younis reacted to this and said then Inzamam should instead bat at number three and he would go lower down the order," the source said.

    These sort of happenings in the Pakistan team are not new and have happened in the past. "Infact, one of the biggest enemies of the Pakistan cricket team has been their ability to shoot themselves in the feet despite the emotional attachment the people of Pakistan have with cricket and the effect it has on the nation's mood and psyche", the source added.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 16, 2007, 22:45 GMT

    This one is for Gulab Khan:

    LOL..... after listening to the whole tale of "Euceph and Zulaikha"..... Gulab Khan poochti hai, "Euceph larki hai ya Zulaikha Aadamee thii?" :-)

    Yaraa Gulabi, Woolmer Pashto may bolay gee!

    Man, if you have read the news you wouldn't have asked this question, coz it was clearly written that Woolmer will speak in English.


    don't be so hot boy, it wasn't Kamran Abbassi who said that, it was Naseem Ashraf, and Inzi refused to address in Urdu, he said, "I speak English good, and I no like to speak Urdu."

    So why are you getting so worked up at Kamran?

  • Haseeb Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 22:42 GMT

    From Chief Jester Naseem Ashraf's: We're very concerned about the extensive and inappropriate usage of the english language on this blog. Since the content concerns Pakistan cricket, we have the right to injunct. So henceforth, all further postings must be in Urdu. Samjhey?

  • Prashanth Reddy on March 16, 2007, 22:36 GMT

    So true Mr. Abbasi.

    And dear friend Tariq Masood (first response to this article), I did not know that 'dhoti' is one of the traditinal outfits of Pakistanis.

  • Abbas on March 16, 2007, 22:27 GMT

    I don’t agree with u MR KAMRAN, I think being a Pakistan we should promote our country and language. I don’t know what’s problem in speaking Urdu? I am proud to be Pakistani and I am very happy that have asked team to use Urdu rather than English. If any one can't understand or does not like it then they should get a translator.

  • Adeel on March 16, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    Well press can misinterpret anything no matter what language is used for communication, we all know this fact. Now the thing is restricting Pakistani players for speaking in english will help or not is the question. Pakistani players and the whole nation has to build or I would say rebuild their image should be the main objective. This is only possible when we have good people with good communication skills and good grip on the subject they are talking. In the said subject we are trying to avoid any misinterpretation by the media for anything said by our players. There should be a certain protocol to follow in this regard and the players should be given proper training in communication to avoid such problems.

    In our case most of the players representing Pakistan at international level are not very well educated owing to the fact that they join the national teams at very young age hence they dont get a chance to continue or finish their studies. What should we do in such case, just ban english so that they dont give wrong information to the media or put one person with each player so that they can translate on their behalf. In my view these are all non practical ways to handle the situation. Yes up to some extent an inpreter may be able to help but for long term, we should arrange workshops for the players so that they learn english and they learn manners. In this way they will be able to project themselves and the image of the country in a better way.

    Lastly I also dont see any harm in speaking in urdu at any level but in this case this may back fire because the urdu they will talk has to be translated in english to be published by the press. Therefore the problem of misinterpretation will remain a challenge.

  • Sanjay on March 16, 2007, 22:16 GMT

    Reading the post and the comments, it seems to me that while the PCB is just as stupid (if poorer) than the BCCI, Pakistani writers and readers seem to have a lot more common sense and a sense of humour than their Indian counterparts.

  • Gulab Khan on March 16, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    Question for PCB:

    what about Bob woolmer?

    Is he going to speak URDU?

  • Omer Admani on March 16, 2007, 21:59 GMT

    It seems like a triangle of death has emerged in our group. West Indies in all likelihood will qualify. Therefore, it is Pakistan, Ireland, and Zimbabwe. Now we know what happened to South Africans against Ireland. Compare Pakistan's bowling in South Africa against South Africa. People might not take it seriously, but Pak/Ireland match is a tough call. Inzamam will come forward and be the first one to declare that we are the underdogs. I know for certain that Rana will play. Inzamam will be his usual, brainless self. I think that these two liabilities bring the two teams to parity. Let's see what happens, I am looking forward for this one!!!

  • Nadia on March 16, 2007, 21:49 GMT

    Did any of you ever think that the cricket board is using "tourism" as a polite excuse to save the cricket players from the embarrasment of speaking broken english in front of millions of people? I have often thought about quitting my job, moving to pakistan, and becoming a full time english tutor for the cricket players after i hear them struggling to give an interview in english.

    where is the national pride? whats wrong with speaking in urdu if there is a translator available? why are members of the UN allowed to speak in their native language? so what if english is becoming a universal language - pakistani cricket players often come from remote villages. their job is to play cricket - not speak fluent english to make pakistan look like a westernized country. im saddened that so many of you are making this into a negative thing. why does everything become such a big deal?

    mr. kamran - i suggest you find more important topics to cover.

  • farooq on March 16, 2007, 21:26 GMT

    Well kamran your Bakwas is also a bakwas whther u write in urdu or in english, u r just a fool, if someone feel easy while speaking urdu whats bad in it?? u know pakistani cricketers can express better in urdu so if they will speak why r u to bother ?? how many star tennis players can speak english??? even maria sharapova and ana kournikova didnt know about english when they started their career, lehaza apni bakwas ko players ki performance tak rakhein iss se zyada bakwas karne ki zarorat nahin.

  • Be Original Not a Copy Cat on March 16, 2007, 21:23 GMT

    Folks : Not being a Pakistani ...really don't understand any Urdu. However , with an open mind I don't see the reason why English should be imperially imposed by us on others. It is almost like either you are good or bad , with us or against us. This binary thought process works good for copy cat cultures . Having known a few Paks myself ..they sure ain't copycats. Let them be.Let them talk in their foreign language.

  • Asad on March 16, 2007, 21:16 GMT

    The tourism idea and other nonsense reasons may be dumb, well they were downright stupid, but nothing wrong if any of the players want to speak Urdu. There could be many reasons, not knowing English may be one to start with. Surely no one thinks twice about athletes in other games such as soccer players speaking in spanish, french, german etc. Why pooh pooh speaking urdu? Kamran sahib, I dont think citizens of the world will be clamoring to book their airline reservations to visit Pakistan if the players keep speaking english for 10 years straight.

  • Humayun on March 16, 2007, 21:12 GMT

    Kamran, Point about using the Tourism excuse is valid but you have sterotyped a person with a beard or speaking Urdu to Terrorist! yes Bakwas is Bakwas, wether it comes from PCB or journalists.

  • Hassan Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 20:52 GMT

    Not speaking english and playing INTERNATIONAL cricket sounds like "Bakwas" as mentioned in the article. Speaking urdu is no problem but i think this is not the time when one should consider excuses such as "taking pride in speaking urdu" Cricket was and is an international game and right now you have an international audience. I think PCB should pay for english classes for the Pakistani team. Its NOT that great cricket comes with speaking great english, its just that our team needs to accept this game as an international event and not bring our "urdu speaking pride" in it..what good is a speach when majority of the audience can only hear what they think is bla bla bla.....communication skills MATTER in any leadership role, whether it be politics or sports.

  • Jason Bourne on March 16, 2007, 20:50 GMT

    This article cracked me up :D It's the first time I've seen "Pakistan" and "Tourism" in the same sentence. I guess the PCB is a sucker for lost causes. Really, who in their right mind would want to visit Pakistan? As someone pointed out, shady, bearded, gun-toting locals don't exactly make for a pleasant vacation. The reality isn't going to change no matter what language the pakistani cricketers express themselves in.

  • Ash Zed on March 16, 2007, 20:40 GMT

    Ref comments from Mehdi where he is asking if players from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka can speak English, why cant our players.

    Well, the answer is simple. Our education standard is just pathetic. Our 90% people only like to get Islamic education and they believe Islamic and religious education can bring everything to this country. So far it has brought only terrorists !!!

    I want to ask a simple question: are we first Pakistani or Muslim? Think twice and thrice before all of you answer.

  • hash on March 16, 2007, 20:38 GMT

    i do not no when Pakistan was as much humiliated as now. Indians don't ask for Hindi and what is the big difference between Hindi and Urdu anyway? We were never stamped as arrogant(take that back). With many talented players, our end result is very pathetic. Cricket is not to promote tourism. Now, Please do not try to promote Islam with Hippocratic,arrogant and empty knowledge. Cricket is just a game. Please bring back some one with some characteristic and not a slave.

  • Jawwad on March 16, 2007, 20:31 GMT

    Hah! It's a pathetic move, but not just for the reasons u have highlighted Mr. Abbassi. First, it's because PCB's so called *media manager* is merely using this an excuse to draw attention to himself.

    What you should have really pointed out was that 1. Mr Mir had no business sitting dead centre of the team during the initial world cup press photos.

    2. Mr. Ashraf has no business hanging out with the team during tours, giving regular interviews, hanging out in the dressing room during games. He should be concentrating on his job ... actually, I take it back, when he does concentrate on his job, he manages to mess things up pretty badly. So I don't know what the solution there is.

    I'd like to point out that my father was the project manager of the renovation of the National and Gaddafi stadium prior to the 96 world cup when Mr. A.A.K.Abbassi was in charge, so I had close knowledge of the PCB back then. All I can say is that things were very different back then. There were some very powerful personalities then, and now, all we have is people aspiring to have personalities .. that includes management as well as players.

  • Monish on March 16, 2007, 20:26 GMT

    I think this is a good idea. Although it might not pr,ote any tourism to the country but it would sure as hell save the nation from much embarassment, like when every time Inzi limbers up to the podium at the end of a match and says "First praise be to almighty allah"...

  • Nial on March 16, 2007, 20:25 GMT

    I was under the impression that a sizeable population in Pakistan speaks punjabi, amd some speak sindhi. If it is matter of expressing themselves; why not their most comfortable language ? It would be outrageous if India asked its players to just speak in Hindi :-) The canadians, French,Gujurati,English or Hindi :-)

  • bemused on March 16, 2007, 20:24 GMT

    Urdu or no Urdu, one wouldn't care less - the fact of the matter is that Pak cricketers can barely speak English - maybe PCB wants to save face by forcing players not to speak in English, so that they don't make fools of themselves. As far as tourism goes, Pak must be popular cause Botham the legend once said that Pak is the best place to send your mother-in-laws!!!

  • J&B on March 16, 2007, 20:18 GMT

    nice article kamran abbasi...couldnt agree with u more. PCB(Pakistan Comedy Board) is always in the news...this is height of stupidity......wake up u morons!!!

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 16, 2007, 20:12 GMT

    E-soup Ah.met @ Chak # Puch Win Jay, Daak Khana Chee Choon di Mulyaan, Tehsil Khotiyaan, Zilla Paidalabad, Pakistan Payeendabad.....

    Baad Khairiyat kay arzi yae hai bhai jaan, I was only joking and you took this Punjabi commentary thingi so seriously that you have started your 'paindoo-express' comments here on this thread? I know you are one, but puleeez don't be such an authentic pay & do.

    And no need to set up a Pindaal 'coz, the whole world is a stage and you are doing a good job in your Pind, just stay behind the podium with Inzi Gudda in one hand and Mushy in the other, I bet you can be a good ventroquilist with your "PunZabi ak-scent." But, remember you'll be facing very stiff competition from the likes of Abrar ul Haq and Arif Lohar. :-)

  • M Saqib on March 16, 2007, 19:50 GMT

    ;-) Finally I have to agree with Kamran on something. Even though when my five year old daughter speaks to me in English out of habit I always remind her to speak to me in Urdu. Because I like the language and my heritage and want to keep it alive, and I think its very important. BUT WHAT THAT HAS TO DO WITH CRICKET..... especially when your Prime minister and President only speak in English in all professional meetings.... so I don't get it.... and who cooked this up ?????? again ?????? !!!! I am at lost of words...

  • Sharyar Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 19:37 GMT

    I agree with you Kamraan. These folks at PCB just don't realize that Pakistan Cricket team has become a joke in the world. English, urdu, or whatever you wanna speak don't matter....For God's Sake get to the business and win some matches or get cursed from the nation in urdu or englsih.

  • Shehzad Lalwani on March 16, 2007, 19:36 GMT

    for god sake !! I believe teams are focussing on strategies, competition, their best eleven, bowling options...where as for us these all are secondary. The most important thing to decide is whether we shud be speaking in Urdu or English. Is this a world cup assignment or Tahafuz-e-Nifaz-e-Urdu Movement.

  • Ahmed Qaisar on March 16, 2007, 19:35 GMT

    What a bunch of Morons. The latest i heard was Dr. Ashraf attends each and every team meeting and insists on giving his two bits. Given the lack of back up batsmen and problem in the openers slot he might as well pad up and Open the Batting!

    Will someone please throw all these Morons out and hire some professionals!!!

  • FerozKhokhar on March 16, 2007, 19:31 GMT

    Well, seems like the problem is with Dr. Naseem Ashraf, who I think earned his doctrate in URDU from Allama Iqbal Open University(for those who don't know, its kind of online university). Being an overseer of PCB he needs to control players, their activities and their media interviews, in English, he wants to 'DISCIPLINE' them. But being a dumb in English how the heck he is going to know what Pakistani players are saying to the media and for that he needs a translator. But wouldn't that be an mbarrassment for himself if people come to know that he is blank when it comes to understanding English? So, he used is doctrate brain to find a solution, and which is... Ban players from speaking English and translate thier Urdu interviews in to English for the rest of the world... Congratulations Doctor! you have just won the Stupid of the year Award!

  • Kash on March 16, 2007, 19:14 GMT

    Visit Pakistan year 2007. No matter how much the Pakistan Team try to promote tourism in Pakistan, there patron President Musharraf has just screwed it up. I'm sure the foreigners will love the site of tear gas, smashing tv stations,lathi charges and soon. Good on you pakistan. Great effort to get the foreigners in.

  • Faizaan on March 16, 2007, 19:10 GMT

    Haha love the title We need someone to step up Mr. Abbasi, we need heroes.

  • Rajesh Singh on March 16, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    Nishant , Most of the MNC from UK/USA have their call centres in India becasue they get good english speaking employees in India. Which world do you stay in when you say most of people dont understand English in India. Dell,Micrsoft,British airways,almost all major credit card and banks have their call centre in India just for the English speaking factor.

  • Rahimm Khann,UK on March 16, 2007, 19:03 GMT

    Inzi interview after win against Ireland(I Hope): All boy play good cos all boy grow beard.Beard give energy to hit six.Urdu make us bowl fast and good. All boy play good all match always.

    Hahaha Damn it i cant be as good as Inzi eventhough i tried my best

  • Sohail Murtuza,UK on March 16, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    If Rana and Kaneria are dropped or injured,it will upset the captain. Ooops I mean the opposite teams captain.

  • Atif Jalees Khan on March 16, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    Sorry Kamran, but your comments are way off base. I think you conveniently factored out of your discussion how terrible our cricketer's attempts at English have been. On the current side esp, I wonder if any of the players could get a sentence off without murdering the English language. In fact, the idea that they should converse exclusively in Urdu is a decidedly good idea. What will undoubtedly sound like Bakwas in English may sound very reasonable in Urdu coming from our players. Ofcourse, the excuse that the Urdu-only rule is to promote tourism is a completely ridiculous attempt to save face. Just another example of a PCB bungling. If our players play well, they deserve our respect and admiration. Kamran, it is time to dust that chip off your shoulder.

  • saad on March 16, 2007, 18:30 GMT

    Speaking in Urdu is not a Crime but to say that Speaking Urdu will promote Tourism is a Crime

  • Asad Rana on March 16, 2007, 18:20 GMT

    Dear Kamran very well put i think best thing for PCB to say was our cricketers are not comfortable with english so they will reply in urdu for the questions asked in urdu and rest they will try their level best. I am still more worried about imran nazir and rana naveed in the side please write something to get them out.

  • Nishant on March 16, 2007, 18:16 GMT

    Awesome ! Whether or not this promotes tourism in Pakistan or not, ICC should pay PCB for making fun of itself and promoting cricket in general, if not through great cricket, through embarrassing humor. I think PCB wants to play its part in promoting the event but sadly they realized that they cannot do it through cricket, at least not this time around. So they decided to resort to such an innovative measure.

    On a more serious note, when India and Pakistan generate majority of audience for cricket, I wonder why we do not have people translate English answers in to Hindi or Urdu when events are held in India or Pakistan. After all, neither country boasts a large population that even understands english, forget speaking. Of course, that would be embarrassing for our aristocrat cricket boards. English tends to dominate international sports because majority audience as well as financial interests reside in english speaking countries. In this case, for events held in sub-continent, neither of this makes sense. I wonder if any of the boards have courage to resort to something like that instead of making fool of themselves like this.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 16, 2007, 18:02 GMT

    Khansahab ji:

    In the second line of my previous post, I said, no, no I am just joking and you took it to heart and find it that I am boasting? I think your sense of humour has deserted you the moment you crossed the Khyber Pass! And did I say Euceph Ahmad is Khansahab? I know he is not an "Akhroat" and I do like to see a response from him............ as much as he does from me :-)

    Guys, as I was writing this post, history has been created in the World Cup and also in any ODI as Herschelle Gibbs smashed SIX SIXES in one over against the poor Dutch Van Dykes.

    Who is going to break Saeed Anwar's record in this WC? And which team is going to cross 500??? I bet it will be Pakistan ...........

    in the year 2057

  • Yasir on March 16, 2007, 17:50 GMT

    We don't need to worry about Man of the Match speaking Urdu in front of the whole world, Way we have played the last game. I say don't worry no one be listing or watching us.

  • KS on March 16, 2007, 17:49 GMT

    Good job Kamran Sahib.... Using PJ Mir as the translator, WOW... this Musharraf administration LOVES its cronies and sycophants....(DR. Naseem Ashraf, and Co...) anyway, as in life, so in Pak cricket, the more things change, the more they stay the same.....

  • Me no speeko Eenglish!! on March 16, 2007, 17:49 GMT

    Well perhaps we didnt get it, after all!! But I wonder how much Urdu bibi saima kamal get to use when talking to goras in USA :)

  • nasir on March 16, 2007, 17:44 GMT

    Well it would also be a good idea if they made the players wear shalwar kameez whilst playing as well.

    You are right Kamran, it is an absurd idea. The reason is that PJ Mir wants to hog the limelight and so it as an oppurtunity to face the World media. A poor approach from him.

    Ashraf is also in the WI. From a news report in the Dawn I read that his prescence is taken negatively. These bozos must stop making a fool of themselves and the country.

    If Pakistan end up losing to Ireland, then perhaps thse two bozos should be left to explain what went wrong coz I am sure they are inputting into team strategies.

  • Saad Khan on March 16, 2007, 17:43 GMT

    absolutely right mr kamran.i feel that they shud go on they way they were.Dr Nasim Ashraf hadproved himself as a great resistance for PCBs Developmant

  • Faisal Saeed on March 16, 2007, 17:36 GMT

    If PCB is too certain about promoting Urdu, first thing they should do is promote Islam.

    Promoting Urdu for Tourism just won't work.

    I can't believe that PCB doesn't spend money to teach English to some of the professional athletes. Wasim learned it, Mushtaq learned it, and now Afridi knows it too. How hard is it to teach the entire team. I remember once azhar mehmood was asked by Ramiz to come up and talk to him during Man of the Match ceremony. Azhar waved at ramiz and said, "Thank you so much" and was embarrassed to come up on stage and speak in English. We are laughing stock for the rest of the world.

  • babar jaan on March 16, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    The decision to ban Pakistani cricketers from speaking english would appear totally non-sensical. However, study it in the context of pakistani politics it makes perfect sense. I mean this is one of the few countries where people are only allowed to serve one meal at a wedding, where kite festivals are banned, where its leaders dream of bringing peace to the middle east whilst it cant exercise its authority in parts of the country. Hope, I am not being too political. Urdu or english; trying to find a lame excuse why for eg,the two fast bowlers arent playing the world cup would be just as awkward!

  • Raj on March 16, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Bakwas is Bullshit in English !! Mr. Abassi, you nailed it. It is their - Inzy, Younis Khan and Yousaf - bat that should do the talking. What is the huge tragedy with Inzy speaking in English ?

  • C Verma on March 16, 2007, 17:10 GMT

    Why is PCB using URDU? How can they say it will promote Pakistan. It is of Indian origin. We have a larger number of people speaking URDU then Pakistan. 48.1 million compared to 10.7 million. DOH!

  • shahid on March 16, 2007, 17:07 GMT

    from the moment i saw this idiot ashraf giving a thumbs up to someone from the balcony at the oval during that fiasco last year, i thought to myself, what a wa---er! who the hell is he any way, probably just some hanger on! little did i realise that he would be in charge of the pcb soon. any wonder then that we find oursleves in the position we do being the laughing stock of world cricket! these pcb officials are only interested in lining their own pockets and don't give two hoots about the development of the game and it's facilities in pakistan for the people of pakistan. if by a miracle the pakistna team do well, they will take all the credit but if they fail, doubtless they will blame someone other than themselves. so kamran, i agree with you. it is not only what they say is 'bakwas' but what they do also!

  • Reehan on March 16, 2007, 17:04 GMT

    Bob,Kamran Where is the MOJO? - how are you gonna pull this one off? How do you motivate the brilliant misfits that are the Pak team and the not so brilliant PCB? Everything and anything has gone against them- the players that arent there, the form of the players that are there, the top order batsman and the middle order batsman who refuse to come to the top, how do you discipline the ill disciplined? Do you see a single world champion in that team? Where is the hunger? Can you play on their fear to get that wretched potential which we all hear about so much, but rarely ever see- Tell em its Stalingrad(or some indo-pak derivative), make(?) the PCB issue an edict - if you dont bring the cup home,then dont come back! Burn their return plane tickets! Whats their rallying call because tomorrow its St Patrick's Day, there will be no where to hide. Remind them of India when Akmal and Razzaq turned the match on its head- get them to pretend that they arent playing the Irish tomorrow, instead they will be playing India. If they treat every match like they are playing India they will win. What make the PAK team burn with the desire to win? It take the "eye of the tiger" to win- can you give it to them? Reehan

  • Aftab Amin on March 16, 2007, 16:47 GMT

    I dont think thank Pakistan cricket board cares about tourism in Pakistan. It just merely wants to cover up the fact that the Pakistan team has no such player who is able to speak proper English. How many cricket captains talk english like this... "Boyz play good will work harder but i think wickets is turning so ballz nat comin to weelllll". Its obvious spare your self humiliation infront of the world by pretending to prefer udru simple because you cant speak English. Atleast attempt to make your players international by giving them some competance in the international language.....

  • Ali Shah on March 16, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    If Angrezi is banned how about a glossary of useful words from PCB? Like: HOWZAATTT! = "KAISAYYY HAYYY!" LBW="Lam Bay Wow" ya Dandey Say Pehlay Tang (Dal Seen Pay Tay). Fielding positions: Fine Leg="Achee Taang" Square Leg="Chorus Taang"

  • Tahir Naqqash on March 16, 2007, 16:42 GMT

    Trust the PCB to create an unnecessary diversion when the focus should be on the cricket. Would the Indian board order Dravid to speak Hindi - or else! If PCB wants to promote Pakistan, they should clean up their act and help the team win the world cup!

  • Euceph Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 16:40 GMT

    This one is for Zakir Khan at March 16, 2007 2:17 PM...

    Q- Inzamam, what were the factors that contributed to your loss?

    Inzy- O ji hun main ki tuhanoo dussan? Inna haramkhoraan noo khedna ee nai aaonda. Main tay inna noo sikha sikhaa patla ho gaya waan par ay nai sikh kay dainday. Sifarshi bharti hon gay tay enj tay howay ga na fayr!!!

    Q- Inzy, what about fielding?

    Inzy- Lo, shabash... mairee luk wich peer payee hondi ay, tussi fielding di gul paye karday o. jeeb duniya ay!!!

    Q- Inzi, what about your eating habits?

    Inzy- Oye, o ki naa ay taira? kidhro aaya ay tuu? khabardaar jay mairee bayztee kitti. Kaira daak khaana ay taira? Oye Mushy oye, DIG noo foon tay layeen zara. Duk lo haraam khor noo. Tairee tay main.... aa jaanday nay pata nai kidhro? Paindoo na howay tay...

  • faqrudin on March 16, 2007, 16:24 GMT

    Zakir bhai....can you please elucidate what culture and values you are talking about...

  • ASOOD on March 16, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    I still find it hard to believe that speaking urdu has anything to do with promoting tourism. Even PCB can't be that stupid, which obviously begs the question, what is the agenda behind this hooo haaaa???

  • nizam on March 16, 2007, 16:14 GMT

    Could this be a result of players getting better cricket education in madrassas (of Pakistan) than English education? Seems like it since none of the cricketers can colloquially speak it.

  • Ashaq on March 16, 2007, 16:13 GMT

    Sorry Kamran I might be off topic.

    I am deeply saddened to hear the news off the Tragic death off Manajarul Islam. The young Bangledishi Test player May he rest in peace.

    I was as devastated as anyone at Pakistans defeat to West Indies. But this Tragic news has certainly put things in Perspective. May AllAH grant him Jannah And give his Family Saber.

  • Imran Iqbal on March 16, 2007, 16:12 GMT

    Very funny. I think PCB should only think about their cricket and not about tourism. PCB's job is promoting cricket but not tourism in Pakistan. In fact, PCB Chairman Mr. Ashraf does not know anything about cricket so he is thinking his job is promoting tourism in Pakistan. He should only do what is good for cricket, after all he is cricket chairman and he is not a tourism department's chairman in Pakistan. Or all the players and pcb officials should retire and join tourism department so they can do something better than they are doing now.

  • Jack Murphy on March 16, 2007, 16:05 GMT

    Folks ..the main idea of using Urdu was to modify some of the dumb answers to the media by our players something more diplomatic . Dhoti ...dhoti na dhoti dhoti ...

  • Naila on March 16, 2007, 16:01 GMT

    Great words Rizwan Idrees. I really appreciate those who think that this is not an issue. I think no one is forcing Pakistan team to speak in urdu because they by themselves agree to speak in their own language because they can communicate better.I cant understand why some of our comments have crossed the boundries while bringing POLITICS,BEARD,TERRORISM,RACISM,RELIGION in this article.Urdu is not related to all of them,please remember it is just a language(a way of communication). And those who are making fun of speaking urdu internationally have also made fun of Inzi's english.For those who think English is today's demand and who cant understand Urdu, PCB has arranged a translator for them.And those who think it is funny to speak Urdu at international platform are actually "Inferiority Complexed" people.Sorry but i have to say that after reading a loads of comments against Urdu. For Mr. Roger Bond : now after reading all these comments you can understand now,it is not at all concerned with toursim, it is because "Our Pakistani Team" cant speak YOUR Language very well but can speak their OWN language perfectly so thats why they will and they should speak URDU.And please dont bring BEARD in it because people from every culture have and had COMPLETE INDEPENDENCE not even in this time period but previously as well.

  • Zia on March 16, 2007, 15:55 GMT

    Dear all....mind your language...Read this article as an individual observant. It could be PCB or group of people thinking to adopt URDU and promote tourism. Don’t start censuring Pakistan or Pakistanis.

  • Talal Mansur on March 16, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    Patriotism and pride in one's culture should help a nation take its place in the world. It should not be used as a negative force that isolates a nation. Above all, we should remember that in today's global village no nation is an island unto itself. We should promote our culture and heritage - not be known as an isolationist nation out of step with the world. Players should choose which language they are comfortable in. At a global tournament, if some players are comfortable in English - why force an interpreter on them? Its stupid - and Im surprised some people cannot see that! Thankfully, most of us can!

  • syed Ali tirmazi on March 16, 2007, 15:39 GMT

    I just simply cant understand why Rana naveed is in squad playing where his performance in last 3 series is just rubbish. My club have better bowlers than him i swere. This beared culture and urdu speaking issues gosh man is pakistan cricket really a sport or some kind of cultural , radical , politics. god help the team and the country.

  • Ek Paki from USA. on March 16, 2007, 15:28 GMT

    Well Said mr. Kamran, English is a universal language, educate player if they can't speak. For pride and prejudice, you insist to speak Urdu, but people from outside world looking at ugly looking INZI with long bread on him and talking in URDU makes people feel more outsider and make them keep distance from pakistan.If they wants to promote tourism, why can't they hire better looking model to promote. Oops.... I forget .........are there any good looking people left in Pakisthan? I don't think so.Tourism is very STUPID excuse. If someone talks in CHINESE and ask me to visit china, I would not find it appealing at all. It makes me run away from them by the thoughts of that if they can't use common language, how am i doing to deal with local people when i go there? You get my point. Beside PCB why not worry about winning the worldcup or educate player to not to use steroid, rather than Tourism, .........Give me a break. Another Stupid Bullshit excuse from PCB. This tell us that people who run PCB is hired by TALIBAN and there main focus is not CRICKET WORLD CUP but religion, language and muslim culture in the name of tourism. When PCB have enough money to buying razors for pakisthani players to shave and make them atleast look discent, so people from outside world would know that there are a existance of human population too, in Pakisthan.

  • Rehan on March 16, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    The Irish on St. Patrick's Day, I'm officially worried.

  • baqar on March 16, 2007, 15:19 GMT

    Absolutely riddiclous and trivial, in line with whats going on in Pakistan where freedom of press has been curtailed, supreme court judge has been suspended etc etc. Who knows whats next -

  • kunal on March 16, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    Kamran - the last time I replied to one of your blogs was when you seemed to be high on hashish or something and thought that Pakistan could win the world cup expect for Australia (what a ridiculous idea). But moving on - in that blog I had stated - INSHA ALLAH you will get common sense soon and praise be to Allah he heard my prayers and gave you common sense. The so called rule you are refererring to just goes to vcnfirm the poor focus you people have on Life and Cricket. No wonder you can never be advanced or winners. Who ever thought up the rule really neeeds more introspection.

  • Helmi Ansari on March 16, 2007, 15:11 GMT

    You know I agree with PCB and think we should go ahead 1 step further: Cricket Must be played in Shalwar Kameez or Sherwani from now on. That will really help tourism as well. How about a helmet shaped like a 'pagree'? And the Indian men's team should play in Dhoti, and the womens team should play in Sarees.

    We need to stop following the imperial ways of speaking English and wearing pants. Infact, I will throw away my American laptop and start writing urdu telegrams instead of English emails today.

    Mr. Ashraf.. Wouldnt you agree?

    What the heck is wrong with the PCB? I cant imagine the stress they place on the players and the coaching staff with all this garbage.

  • Euceph Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    Javed A. Khan, Daak Khana Montreal, Tehsil Canada... may be we should have a little stage here where we can bestow a lifetime achievement award on you, and you accept with an emotional speech and everyone is teary-eyed!!! Then khansahab and I will lead a thumping ovation for you. How about that?

  • Ehsan Ur-Rehman khan Chattar on March 16, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    Now if you have started this non-cricketing discussion on this cricket blog I am obliged to say what I think. The decision to speak Urdu is a good one because players will not be obliged to speak in English anymore and they will not have to be embarrassed at times. I think speaking in Urdu does not harm the cause of wining the world cup in any way therefore I don’t see the need to discuss this on a cricket blog. People like me come on this blog to talk cricket not any other stuff. I suggest you (Kamran Abassi) to start another blog for non- cricketing issues and keep this blog only for discussing cricket. Let the media in Pakistan discuss such things because that is the appropriate platform. Moreover, we should be trying to analyze more than to criticize everything. I really feel that we could discuss the impact of Ireland and Zimbabwe game on Pakistan and also a bit about other groups to see how the world cup is progressing. So please bring the focus back to cricket.

  • Khuram Ahmad on March 16, 2007, 14:47 GMT

    Allah Bless Pakistan Cricket Team! I am speechless at the latest development (read: non-development) in the worldcup campaign of our beloved team. God knows where are we heading towards. The America return doctor should get back home and start typing apology letters, his own resignation letter and the termination letter of Inzamam and Woolmer because once we are out of westindies he will have to do alot of typing. I dont know why the hell we are not concentrating on our match against IRELAND and Zimbabwe..are we through to the super eight yet? we are not even sure whether we`d proceed to the next round and here we are discussing trivial issues. Great!!

  • khansahab on March 16, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    First of all thanks to Allah. Mawali, I am disappointed to see that nowadays you don’t post on every thread and write very little. Why so? I admire your fluency of enunciation and generally, sensible comments. Javed A Khan from Montreal, Canada- stop boasting; a couple of days before Mr Abbasi’s article titled “New Strategy, New Hope” I recommended to him to write an article on strategy. But I didn’t boast about it! I respect you and admire much of your thoughts, but why do you pick on Euceph Ahmed so much? The guy has sense and writes well, although at times his tone is bitter towards Mr Abbasi.

    It is a shame that so much of a hullabaloo is being created over something so trivial that it does not warrant attention. Maybe Mr Abbasi wanted to deviate from the usual articulations on players and strategies. PCB has yet again emerged as the joker in the enterprise. I wouldn’t blame the rest of the world for thinking that even an established institution in Pakistan headed by individuals with reasonable education, is devoid of intelligence and sense. PCB is as much a disaster to Pakistani cricket as Inzi’s captaincy. Everyone knows Pakistani players can’t speak English. Heck, most of them can’t speak Urdu properly either. I don’t see how this advertisement of Urdu to the greater world will benefit the promotion of Urdu or Pakistani tourism. PCB should stop this nonsense and concentrate on how to prepare the team for WC 2011. Just focus on cricket for God’s sake. I wonder what goes on in Naseem Ashraf’s mind. I will petition the BBC to make a documentary titled, “Inside the mind of the PCB Chairman.”

  • Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 14:34 GMT

    Kamran - great writeup. Check out the Dawn article today about what our brilliant chariman is supposedly up to. One can only imigine that if this kind of stuff is going on with our main sport, what the condition of other sports in the country may be!

  • asim on March 16, 2007, 14:32 GMT

    Is it only me or does any one else think that the pakistani side is slowly bearding up, is that a requirement for them to join the team ? why are they think about the press conferences so much ? its not like they can articulate anything anyway. i was pretty depressed by pakistans loss to the west indies !!!! they need a new captain ?

  • Hesh on March 16, 2007, 14:24 GMT

    A good article exposing a lot of hidden truth to the outer world i must say.

  • Zakir Khan on March 16, 2007, 14:17 GMT

    Kamran Sahib I couldn't understand what u were trying to convey thru ur blog.I am strongly of the opinion that there is no shame in speaking in Urdu or any other Pakistani language if u r not good at english. English is foreign language to us and many of us should be proud that we have exel in a foreign langauge like many English,Australian or any other English speaking players are there who can speak a second langauge other than English? I don't think there will be any. I am living here in Ireland and UK and most of the time local people really appreciate me that u have such a good command over our language. so get out of the INFERIORITY COMPLEX and be proud of ur language and culture. its not mandatory for our players to communicate in English.they should communicate through their bat and ball in the field and in their mother tongue off the field. I am a Pathan and I would like to see Shahid Afridi,Younis Khan,Omer Gul to speak in Pashto or for that matter in Urdu rather than in English. so my message to Pak players is that BE PROUD OF UR CULTURE AND VALUES AND DON'T GIVE A DAMN TO ENGLISH IF U R NOT GOOD AT IT.

  • Gautham on March 16, 2007, 14:16 GMT

    Kamran, your blog post is spot on. Presuming that Pakistan is trying to promote tourism in the Western world, this latest attempt at equating Urdu press conferences with creating greater appeal for tourists is a hoot not to mention that it will probably compromise the accuracy of the players comments (read Chinese Whispers)! On all fronts, the PCB or which ever other nitwit has devised this backwards logic does an immense dis-service to Pakistan. As regards the Pakistan team if they perform well in this world cup, it would be a credit to them that they did so in spite of their incompetent cricket administrators. Being an Indian, I hope they do well but stand second to India (what a cracker of a final that would be!!) ... Bottom line, it's time to focus on the cricket and stop paying attention to pompous, fool-hardy arm chair experts like Dr. Ashraf.

  • ballu on March 16, 2007, 14:11 GMT

    when u have no democracy in country and run by the puppets of military govt even in sports this is what happens. come on pakistan ... give a shape to your image...

  • Javid on March 16, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    All This is a big issue for Pak players. Their english is poor (like mine). When Inzi speask english .."boys is playing wery vell" the whole world laughs. They should be able to speak how ever they feel comfertable, urdu, english, mix of both.

  • Kh4l1d on March 16, 2007, 13:59 GMT

    A westerner with no clue about what Inzi is harping on about in Urdu will be encouraged to visiot Pakistan because of it?

    Who the hell thinks these things up? For heavens sake, let the cricketers play cricket and let the tourism board concentrate on tourism.

  • shabir khan,Milan,Italy on March 16, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    Pakistan Beware here comes Ireland . Inzi is scared. Woolmer is already plannning coaching strategy for some other team soon. Yonis is thinking let me help Ireland win and the Inzi will have to resign and Ill be captain. Yusuf is busy praying and others are enjoying the beaches in carribeans. The prepartion for the cruical tie against Ireland is going well.

  • Saima Kamal, USA on March 16, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    Some of you guys just dont get it. Maybe Kamran Abbasi should have written the article in urdu for you to understand it? I am proud to be a Pakistani and a Muslim and thats why I care about the image our crickters portray - on and off the field! There is absolutely nothing wrong in speaking urdu - but why ban English? And why claim it will promote tourism? As a tourist which country would you rather go to - one which is welcoming and multilingual, or one which is isolationist and hostile to the outside world? Can anyone answer that?

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 16, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    Come on guys DON'T just thank Kamran Abbassi for this thread, THANK ME as well for suggesting him to create a thread on this subject. No, no....just kidding :-) I am glad that Kamran Abbassi is open to suggestions and thats why I said, this is the best blog on cricinfo. And the numbers don't lie. Although Kamran Abbassi has covered a lot about about beards and Hawaiian T-shirts and Bermuda shorts, he prolly forgot that Pakistan's Prime Minister's entourage wasn't just full of minsters and advisers but also a few good looking female models to promote Pakistan's tourism. This is not a joke, this is a fact. So, based on the official theme, PPP (promote pyara pakistan) why didn't they send female model interpreters with the team to sit along with Inzi and Woolmer during the press conferences to translate?

    Already there are some pictures on the net of Afridi with his NWFP truck, and Younis Khan rickshaw driver and Rana Naii, now Kamran Abbassi has given some more ideas and I can't imagine how Inzi must be looking wearing Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian T-shirts ........on Karachi beach with some lassi and Rooh - Afza in a taqueila glass??

    Today's both matches have been delayed start due to rain. NZ has just won the toss and a very good game is about to begin between them and England and I am on NZ's side. What IF it rains tomorrow and the game is washed out? Ireland's total points will be 2 as opposed to Pakistan's 1. So, I am sure there must be congregational prayers in Pakistan to STOP the rain in the Caribbean! Or Mushy and Inzi must be standing on one feet for 24 hours to stop the rain?

    My two cents are on Bangladesh for tomorrow's match. Lets see how the best team in the world on paper or 'paper tigers' play tomorrow against the Bengal Tigers?

    Mr. Euceph Ahmad were you planning to be a punjabi commentator? Already the "Balle Baaz" are under "pressure ay dabao may" and you want them to perform Bhangra Cricket?

  • syed on March 16, 2007, 13:38 GMT

    Guys!Behold!Dr.Naseem Ashraf is one jerk and is jerking off issues that has never been witnessed before in any world cups.Now since they have nothingh to offer with the crapy team that they have selected, so they are drawing our attention on noncricketing issues. What is so called "Dr"Naseem Ashraf doing in WestIndies.That bafoon must be told that please don't behave like someone who never stepped outside Pakistan. I have never witnessed any Chairman from cricketing world accompanying the team on their tour.As they say too many cooks spoil the broth. I am sure he must be meddling in the all cricketing matters that he doesnt need to get involved in.I mean what a Jerk!What an upstart attitude. Then we have urdu and english issue.Leave the player alone and let them talk in whatever way they feel better.I think he is creating more problem then actually solving them. I guess PCb chairman has nothingh better to do in life.Being a Dr one should'nt wonder what led him to cricket.He screwed up one profession and he is here on another mission. Please can someone hold his ears and take this man back to Pakistan and request him to concentrate on the given "job". Guys don't get surprised that he makes punjabee pushtu sindhi and balochi as languages to be spoken by cricketers of that province.This way we can promote more tourism on the domestic level and according to him "this will help cricketers to make right statement when translated by someone in Urdu". GUESS WHAT!THIS CHAIRMAN AFTER DOCTORSHIP AND CRICKET HE IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF TOURSIM INDUSTRY.GOD have mercy on toursim industry which I guess will b his last frontier if not the least.

  • Ashaq on March 16, 2007, 13:36 GMT

    To Roger Bond you say if the Americans gave an advert in which the Ambassadors looked like the KLU KLUX KLAN would you visit the U.S.A.?

    I suppose oil driven, Fanatical Colonial Terrorists such as Blair and Bush are great adverts. Off course not forgetting the fanatically Muslim Hating Howard in Australia.

    Perhaps Mr.Bond you should put your own house in order before pointing fingers.And stop 'resembling' Bush.

    As for the Islam hating Pakistanis on this blog. Shame on you.

  • krishna on March 16, 2007, 13:35 GMT

    thank god you finally managed a readable article after i dont know how many years of much better than your usual insipid,mundane team analysis and strategies which any circket fan worth his salt would know.

  • Saima Kamal, USA on March 16, 2007, 13:35 GMT

    Dear Bloggers,

    I am amazed by some of the people who are bristling with righteous indignation and jumping to defend Urdu on this blog. Guys, Kamran's article went totally over your heads! This is not about defending Urdu. Kamran's article rightly criticises the PCB's ridiculous thought process. Muddled thinking has been the order of the day in Pakistan cricket and this is another prime example. Bangladeshis are not creating a row over Bengali, Zimbabweans are not creating an uproar about Shona, Indians arent beating their chests about Hindi - why does the PCB portray a negative image by banning English at an international event? Why make it an issue at all? If the Pakistan cricketers want to promote Pakistan, they should conduct themselves like sportsmen on and off the field, and make sure they do well in the tournament!

    To those of you who think we dont need to portray a cosmopolitan image in today's world - you have your heads well and truly in the sand!

  • saad on March 16, 2007, 13:27 GMT

    i thought it was a great idea to make them speak urdu.that is what makes us unique and if u listen to one of the team members speaking english you would wish that they rather kamran urdu is what makes us unique and i dont think its going to promote tourism but it will definitely lead to unity in the team since a lot of players in the team cant speak english and how would you feel if you were in their place.instead we should stop forcing them to speak in english because thats not their job, its to play cricket and be comfortable in their skin to perform.

  • Khan ki Jan on March 16, 2007, 13:27 GMT

    I am 100% agree with Kamran and the fool behind all this dirt is Mr. Naseem Ashraf son of bitch who don't knwo anything.

    Shame on him and Pakistan Cricket Board the Musharaaf.


  • Syed Mehdi on March 16, 2007, 13:21 GMT

    Kamran saheb: We totally agree with your article. The question is that, why cant Inzimam after about 20 years of international cricket cannot speak proper English. Muhammad Yousuf broke the 30 year old record last year, but at the time of interview with Ian Bishop, he was speachless. I guess this is the responsibility of the players themselves and also to some degree of PCB, that the players should work on improving their English. If the players from Indian, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka can speak good english, why cant the Pakistani players speak english. Although the Pakistani cricketer are paid in millions, they are made celebrities, but they do little for the pride of their country. Thanks, Syed Mehdi

  • Dr Shahzad on March 16, 2007, 13:13 GMT

    Yes, its bit strange to put sanction to use national language, and ridiculous reason given by the PCB. Only thing which we can understand is: most of players are not very educated and can not talk properly in English. PCB should have instructed them at home internally that there is no feeling of shame to use your own language at any occasion as many top officails of many country do. Kamaran, I did not like your comment to target the beard of one, it sound little bit comment based of racism. Having beard is some one's 100% personel matter, if some one does not like due to his own hate, extremism and muslimphobia that is his problem as in one comment by Roger Bond has shown.

  • Shahid on March 16, 2007, 13:10 GMT

    Kami, you hit the nail right on its head. Sometimes i do wonder, Dont we have anybody who speaks good english to be a good media manager ?. I mean i know a lot of people who have gone back home here from US (and there are a lot of young guys/girls in Pakistani schools/colleges who are very eloquent speakers) and they are able to speak very good English than the current manager, a lot better. I think PCB needs to encourage young guys/girls to apply for the post. They should post such job openings on their website. I do get to talk to a lot of young passionate cricket fans who are willing to offer their services to PCB provided they are paid somewhere close to decent amount of money.(we can cut down some expenses that we spend on our coach and other staff or Ashraf can cut down his number of visits with the team). Also there are guys i know who would do it part time (just on the foreign tours). Instead of giving these jobs to the people who are Dr Ashraf's (or for that sake Musharrafs) friends/allies, i think these jobs should be opened to the public and we will see a lot of people who would love to work for the game they love.

    Thanks Shahid.

  • Aftab Qureshi on March 16, 2007, 13:04 GMT

    Guys like you and many of your Pakistani blog contributors suffer from an inferiority complex. You are embarrassed by beards, you are embarrassed by Urdu. I hope you are not embarrassed by your parentage and heritage. Here is my point: there are plenty of bearded people, of all colors, nationalities and faiths. Many of them speak English, some really good English. It is not a punishable offence that our captain and some of his teammates are uncomfrotable communicating in English, particularly the media. If they did, they would surely be better "sports ambassadors" and would do the country better service. But if they haven't lmastered English, it doesn't disqualify them from being in our national cricket team. As for Urdu being used to promote tourism in the Carribbean, I quite share your feelings. This is a suggestion is both ludicrous and laughable. But it does not take more than commonsense that team management were too embarrassed to admit that the captain and some of the other players were more comfortable communicating in Urdu. To me, they too suffer from the same complex as you.

    Give me a break, these are the best guys available that the country could send to this competition, barring opinion differences on selection. Dont forget that this same team has secured the No.3 position in Crinfo standings. Criticize selection; criticize individual, team and team management performance all you feel like. But please dont ridicule your own language. And mind your own business as far as beard is concerned. It is an individual's choice...just as it is your and my choice to be clean-shaved.

  • Qaiser on March 16, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    I agree with Kamran bhaee`s article to the certain extent but one thing that we should not undermine that Urdu is our national lingo, look at chinese, french, spanish, japanese they all are proud nations yet dont speak english. We dont have to speak in urdu in WC but if some one fancy`s doing it then there shouldnt be a problem. I think critics should be only on PCB not on whole pakistan and language. i disagree with Roger bond on his views about pakistan and recomend him to visit the place before making any judgements.

  • Clark on March 16, 2007, 12:58 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi you have let us down by saying "the player chosen for the press conference grilling should have a shave, put on his coolest shades, an Hawaiian shirt, and a pair of shorts and flip-flops. Because let's get one thing clear: the sight of bearded men speaking in an Eastern tongue will not be a tempter for most people who don't happen to be Pakistanis".

    I disagree to this the logic that speaking in urdu would attract foreigners ... but also disagree with your view that to promote the image of Pakistan we need to be in shades, shaven and wearing fancy thing is sure you and the PCB are both wrong and I dont think that bearded person would normally create a kind of negative view point. If that would have been the case then Rastafarians would have shaved their breads and heads just to promote their contries' tourism and also Jews who are very strict followers would also be found shaved and wearing fancy clothes to promote a soft image. Images are created by the Media and I guess people like you, give impressions that beards and eastern look would deter or not project a good image are the main reason for making people feel like this. It is only your view and I do not endorse to that. By the way I am Ronald Clark and I am from Australia.

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on March 16, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    PCB keeps on making mistakes after mistakes. I agree it is responsibility of the Pakistani players to promote good image of Pakistani but not toursim, we got a seperate ministry for that. Why dont PCB has the guts and accept that fact are players are not capable of expressing themselves in English. There is no harm in speaking in our national language but we should be proud of doing so. But as Cricket requires on and off the field, PCB needs to take necessary steps to teach these guys not only Enlish but also some manners and social skills. As a player, you need to speak to your coach, express your point of view to umpires in the field and than tackle media. As far as media is concerned, you can have translators but what about when you are in the middle and having a conversation with the umpire. What about when ur coach is discussing playing strategies etc. My advise to PCB is to grow up and make best use of the avaiable cricket acadamies to teach current and future players English and other social skills. Our players should stick to playing cricket not promoting tourism.

  • Fiz Haq on March 16, 2007, 12:51 GMT

    Kamran Bhai! Please count your words before you speak. Consider the impliations of your article which has a text to strike rudely to Pakistani Language and Culture. And also you have gave a good handful chance to 'others' to laugh on nothing important. Critisim is probably the easiest work in the world. Writer dont mean that you forget your responsiblity to your society.I think that has every right to take a decision whatever is favorable they think for their country. By speaking Urdu which is their mother toungue, who say it is racism. You are saying they should focus on winning WC, I agree, but Kamran Bhai I think you are also defocused yourself from the real discussion of the WC.

  • zahir on March 16, 2007, 12:48 GMT

    Great idea. Our players should also "appeal" in urdu only and if rejected, express their anger in Punjabi Lollywood style! That would promote our richly talented film industry. No wonder there is no method in the madness of PCB in cricket matters because they are focused on non-issues. We are so creative at making fools of ourselves internationally, then complain that we are not respected!

  • Mister Jaitly on March 16, 2007, 12:45 GMT

    I'm surprised that no one here is bothered by Inzi's religious speech each time he is given the microphone* if that isnt the talibanization of pak cricekt i dont know what is* imagine ponting or graeme smith going off on a jesus rant at the drop of a hat* how tasteful would you find that to be?

  • khalid durrani on March 16, 2007, 12:39 GMT

    Kamran ! I wonder what is in your mind ? Why you are there to always raise contraversial issues against Pakistans cricket team? Please stop these demagiing discussions. Speaking Urdu or English is not a cricketing issue. Please remain focussed on the game of cricket for which I think you do not have much knowledge or desire ? One last thing please change your photo from your bloc. Replace it with some decent one instead of this giving a gay look ? Got disturbed ? I also when you start commenting on beard and relating it to Talban.

  • osman on March 16, 2007, 12:28 GMT

    guys we have to accept that things will never change. we will be humiliated in the world cup and still the same old crap players will play and act as if they are better then they really are.

  • Mustafa Moiz on March 16, 2007, 12:24 GMT

    I agree with Asad. In his words, "Kamran sahib,

    You're so right. For example, if you wrote this article in Urdu it would still be complete bakwas. You should try to have a point before you start writing. The people at PCB are probably related to you anyway."

  • Atif - United States on March 16, 2007, 12:20 GMT

    Lets dont concentrate on "Languages", hope team members are not reading this negative rush of blood...we need to play and act like a team. The whole nation is worried about playing with Ireland and Zimb, what a low point ...We have one of the best batting power, lets for once show the world that do not underestimate the experience and courage of being "Pakistani" . Lets encourage our players .....I dont think any of them read all these blogs and hope they dont....and think about tactical part to win the game rather making fool of yourself in front of the whole world. Lets dont experiment prior or during the biggest challenges of the world cup, it is so crazy that our coaches and PCB are still deciding the combinations .....dont make last minute changes...You have already done enough damage to the game... Again its just cricket..the best team will win......

  • Imad Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 12:19 GMT

    If what you report is true, there is obviously a jump in logic between speaking at press conferences in Urdu and promoting tourism.

    But there is an issue brought to light here that needs to be discussed. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan. We should be proud of speaking in our national language.

    If we can't express 'cover drive' in Urdu, we have a serious problem with lack of creativity. Till the time we can't express ourselves fully in a language other than our colonizers, we'll remain colonial deadheads.

  • Rizwan Idrees on March 16, 2007, 12:10 GMT

    I think the article is a total bakwaas, Mr. Kamran is simply trying to attract attention here by just creating an issue over nothing. I believe all Pakistanis are proud of the Urdu Language. Urdu is our identity, our culture and our heritage. Our national cricket team are the ambassadors of Pakistan, and I believe by conducting press conferences in Urdu, they are just respecting their culture. If Mr. Kamran you don't find Urdu aesthetic, then kindly refrain from it. Every being in this world is a free soul. And I think it is a great moment for Pakistanis to promote Urdu.

    And for those who think Pakistan is not a great place for tourism, I beg them please don't even think of coming there, becuase neither you are invited nor we want you there. Please if you think there are better places you are free to visit them. You are not worth the love of the Pakistani people.

    "Unless you won't respect your own culture, the world will have no respect for you."

    Yours Sincerely, A Proud Pakistani.

  • Mahmood Syed on March 16, 2007, 12:07 GMT

    Some of you guys are missing the point here! As Zainab pointed out, its not about Urdu or English. Its about the PCB's weird thinking in making Urdu mandatory - and then claiming it would not only allow the players to avoid being misquoted but also promote Pakistan during Tourism Year! Lets face it - will this endear pakistan to the rest of the world? No. Players should be allowed to speak in whichever language they prefer. I would much rather hear Inzamam's broken English than PJ Mir's warbling. Should Pakistan embassies around the world brace for an influx of tourists as a result of this bold move by the PCB? Dont hold your breath! Its a silly idea- and no amount of ultra-patriotic righteousness can cover that up!

    Mahmood Syed Bangladesh

  • wrapchik on March 16, 2007, 12:07 GMT

    Leave alone PCB, the whole Pakistan is a joke.

  • Deep, United Kingdom on March 16, 2007, 12:05 GMT

    What a refreshing and wonderful article accompanied by an almost unanimous support for Mr Abassi view. I am delighted to read that where stupidity stands out like the proverbial sore thumb, criticism should be doled out to all those responsible. Only factual point that ought to be drawn to the attention of all those zealots who consider the wonderful language, that is Urdu, to be 'theirs', is that Urdu as medium ought to transcend boundaries and not isolate the people of a nation. Its just not cricket, old chap!

  • Roger bond on March 16, 2007, 12:04 GMT

    For those of you calling me racist, Please understand the comment properly. I said CLOSE RESEMBLANCE . Ok tell me one thnigs guys, If the Americans gave an advt for tourism in which the ambassadors looks like KLu KLUX KLAN, would you visit USA. Would it be a good image. I was speaking in your favour sarcastically not against you. But then you guys never apprecaite help cos u live in ur dream world.

  • khan afridi on March 16, 2007, 12:03 GMT


  • Zubair on March 16, 2007, 11:54 GMT

    Speak in english,urdu or chinese...but make sure that you win the next game against Ireland ..if pak loose the next match then I think they should not be allowed to play international cricket... Also woolmer is saying he will open with kamran akmal...or afridi....tell him to open with younis khan and imran nazir...and stop giving stupid comments....he is sticking with shuffling the order every he is ensuring that there is no stability anywhere in our team...sack woolmer pleaseeeeeeeeee

  • Ray Shawn on March 16, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    Some people just don't get it. Yes, there is nothing wrong in speaking Urdu.

    But the point that is being made here is that forcing players to speak Urdu (when some of them are fairly comfortable in English) is not the best way to promote tourism! Your cricket board forces your own players to speak in a certain language so that I will want to visit your country? Come on.

    Language is as much about communication as heritage. You give, you take, you do whatever it takes to get your thoughts across.

  • Jia on March 16, 2007, 11:45 GMT

    1. Speak only in Urdu to promote tourism. 2. Grow long beards to improve economy. 3. Wear dhotis to allow more Foreign investment. 4. Occasionally play some cricket if time permits.

    The players will be prosecuted if they don't follow 1-3 above. Point 4 is just optional. The may or may not do it and we don't take is seriously.

    -PCB (Pathetic Clowns Board)

  • arsalan khan on March 16, 2007, 11:44 GMT

    i think tht sme pakishve gone a paki n m proud to b...y r chinese becoming the best in de world just coz of thy dnt speak eng n speak chinese.....there is no need of speakng english if u cnt.....n our players y..pcb has done the rite thing n i think tht our politicians to adopt the same.....the worst language is english...hum paki hain aur khush hain apni zubaan ke saath.n kamran i thnk u should leave riting these articles as u thnk most of negative partof it

  • Fawad on March 16, 2007, 11:42 GMT

    Speaking urdu??? DUH. No one cares what language they speak as long they are wining and performing well. Any way I think present Chief Justice trial in Pakistan has made public a bit less interested in Cricket and they are not talking a lot about Pakistan poor performance against West Indies in an opening match.

  • Salman Shakeel on March 16, 2007, 11:34 GMT

    well I think PCB after an opening match dismal performance of Pakistan has realised it might just be an early exit for Pakistan ...So why not have the attention of paki cricket followers diverted to an other issue?Speaking urdu to promote tourism is a fantasy or what!!

    I think,It's enuf for Dr.Naseem Ashraf ,he has made mess of pakistan cricket board(PCB)...this was the last policy that made Pakistani cricketers a laughing stock!!!....Simply ridiculous!!!!!!

  • Adeel Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 11:32 GMT

    I have never heared or read FIFA forcing, Italians, Spanish, South Americans, French or any other nation to speak English. Every man has the liberty to speak the langauge he is good at. Then why the heck ICC is making an issue of this? You won't hear Canavaro, Ronaldihnho, Ronaldo, Zidan, Pele, etc. speaking English, so if the players like these with bigger fan club than another player rely on their own language then why can not Pakistanis. And I must remind ICC that there are more viewers in sub continent who understand and speak URDU than the ones who are fluent in English.

    So if Pakistani team are compelled to speak English because 4 Million NZ, 20 Million Aussies, 60 Million English etc then they must respect the over 160 Million of Pakistan, 1 Billion people of India(Hindi speaker can easily understand URDU and vice versa) who understand URDU better than English.

  • HAIL MARY on March 16, 2007, 11:31 GMT


  • Salman Sher on March 16, 2007, 11:28 GMT

    Indeed we had made this wonderful country of 200 Million a banana republic. Its like buffoons are running the show in every aspect of life there. If we can’t speak English so what a big deal, be proud to speak Urdu but don’t give stupid justification.

  • afzal on March 16, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    why is every1 makin such a BIG DEAL outta urdu!

    the problem is not the language but the PERFORMANCE & RESULTS for the cricket team.

    ps. Rana shud only b allowed on the pitch to serve drinks (his econ rate is 8 runs p/over)

  • Salman on March 16, 2007, 11:24 GMT

    Wow!!!!!!...very good...u r perfectly right.."bakawas english mein ho ya Urdu mein, bakwaas he hoti hai".........jaisay abhi main nay aik bakwas English mein dekhi hai, Issi tarah agar Pakistani players Urdu mein bakwas ker lain tau kiya harj hai

  • khan on March 16, 2007, 11:24 GMT

    The real topic is: Should the Mr. Wolmer be fired for him support of SA in this world cup while representing PAK in the same tournament?

  • Saleem on March 16, 2007, 11:19 GMT

    Yeah! Dr Ashraf has hit the jackpot. What next? Can't our board officials think of something that focuses on their job rather than some idiotic ideas. We all enjoy burly Inzi's english. Let them play and let them play for a win and this will do a lot of good to our cricketing tourism.

    Ask Inzi to lead from and front and he will bring the goods rather than trying to tell him that cover drive will be "ghilaf ki pitai". Let them be themselves and they will excel.

  • Hunzai on March 16, 2007, 11:10 GMT

    Indeed a very good article. it creates frustration when someone look at the policty level rediculous decisions. Of course we as Pakistanis dont feel shy in speaking urdu but how come this will attract tourists to visit Pakistan. if this is the only purpose of visit pakistan 2007 than we can do a lot more the way our neighbouring countris are doing. The bearded team with an alien language is enough to project scare image rather a soft image of pakistan.

  • Aadil on March 16, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    Let the BALL AND BAT do the talking rest all doesnt matter....

  • yash on March 16, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    What a joke...!! As Indians, we are used to heaping scorn on the bunch of jokers who run cricket in our country. But the "administrators" across the border are even worse. Urdu is a sweet and lyrical language.. but how speaking in Urdu is going to help pakistans cause beats me. The managers should just leave the players alone and let then do both the playing and the talking. Inzy is a wonderful ambassador for both the game of cricket, as well as his country. He might not be the most elequent amongst cricketers, but then he is a wonderful batsman and knows his job well. It is always a great pleasure to watch him play. Just leave Inzy alone and allow him to do what he is best at.... beating the daylights out of the bowlers..!

  • Zainab on March 16, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    To all the people defending the use of Urdu, and getting all righteous about it…..It's not about Urdu or English. There was NO need to make such a big deal about it. Any player can go out and speak in Urdu if he wants. What's the need to make it mandatory, publicize it, and give such a bogus reason for it. What, I wonder, will be the penalty for using any English words……

  • Hamid Raza Wattoo on March 16, 2007, 10:51 GMT

    Knowing English for a cricket player is as important as learning how to wield the bat or the ball. I remember a British cricket commentator made a comment on Imran Khan's retirement by saying 'Pakistan would need four players to replace Imran - a good bowler, a good batsman, a good captain and a good media man'. While the first three of Imran's qualities could clearly be attributed to his professional acumen, his last quality certainly grew out of his oratory best displayed at post-match presentations and in media talks. Part of the problem with English language skills of current Pakistani players lies in their being less educated in formal sense of education. I wonder if any of them has ever been to a college? There was a time when Pakistan's cricket team boasted of the most highly-educated lot - with players like Imran Khan, Majid Khan, Javed Burki, Salahuddin, all educated in top British universities. When Wasim Akram toured Australia for the first time to play the America Cup in 1984-85, he knew nothing about English and Mudassar Nazar often had to act as his interpreter for media interviews. The yesterday's ignorant is now a world-class commentator in English language. If he could polish his language skills alongside polishing the ball, what stops our current players from learning a few routine sentences they are required to utter at media talks. A friend of mine believes it was Wasim Akram's British-born wife who helped him master the finer points of English, but has no answer when told the wife of the our current skipper Inzamamul Haq also happens to be a master-degree holder in English Language and Literature. It is only a question of interest and initiative.

  • Imran on March 16, 2007, 10:48 GMT

    I have gone through a very few of the comments. Like to add that although Pakistani players do not speak right english, but it is not the time to announce ban on english. Were PCB officials sleeping right after the last WC. Likeways, our team player must learn how to speak english. Have u ever heard Inzi speaking english. Isn't like this; ... The boyz iz playing iz well. The boyz is tried hard, but iz we not win............ Shameful for a captain of team. Inzi undoubtedly was a very good player, but really lacks the qualities of a captain. I know I have diverted from the main point, but these facts are pinching one. Let pray to God Almighty, whatever, their english or urdu is, they may win forthcoming matches.

  • m nawid on March 16, 2007, 10:48 GMT

    I agree with caption as long as it does not differenciate between the two bakwases. To me it is simply a matter of freedom of choice. Surely the author knows what it means and would not like it if someone tried to deny him his right. I am sure PCB was right to offer the players a choice between a language that they feel comfortable with and the language which they don't know the ABC of and as we have seen often enough have made a fool of themselves trying to speak. And iif someone does not understand it, that is their problem. The players won't be using Ghalib or Meer's Urdu anyway for their bakwas just as the contents of English tabloids have little semblance to queen's English.

  • romil on March 16, 2007, 10:45 GMT

    I feel there are a bunch of irresponsibles in the PCB as in the pakistan team.Wrather then trying to find a way out of the mess in which the team is in at this moment,they are coming up with these senseless ideas which can irk up a controversy.Ofcouse, one can speak in his own language if he is not comfortable with the foriegn language but then u need to accept the truth wrather then deviating from it..

  • Maj on March 16, 2007, 10:45 GMT

    The cricket team will not be successful until they stop looking at indian actors as their role models and start focusing on cricket.

    Look at the determination, hunger, desire and commitment shown by Aussies, SAF, Eng etc. We can’t even reduce our extras and diving to save a boundary….that’s not even possible in their dreams!

    We have some talent but equally we have a lot of heroes and jahil’s in the side.

    Too many chiefs and not enuff Indians!

  • Bakhtiar Wain on March 16, 2007, 10:36 GMT

    The whole issue is outrageously ridiculous and does not make any sense. Leave it to the individual to pick a language that he is comfortable with. ICC, team management, Naseem Ashraf or Kamran Abbassi have no business discussing or even commenting on the choice of language to be used by a player. For me the clarification of ICC is nauseating; they actually think it is their right to propose what language to use in the playing field. Can anybody ask Rinaldo to talk in English (if he does not want to)during a soccer world cup.

  • Kamran Abbasi on March 16, 2007, 10:34 GMT

    Osair and Usman, I never use a thesaurus. Perhaps that's where I'm going wrong?

  • Daniyal on March 16, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    "Ata bowl well Ata very happy" any one here old enough to remember that interview? 'nuff said.

  • Anwar Shahzad on March 16, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    WI loss was because of poor batting show . We were worried about our bowling abilities with out Asif and Shohaib but the bowlers done their job. Whut the batsman are doing if they canot get 240 odd runs then they should think and correct thier mistakes. Look at Srilanka the opposition was not strong but they played a very cool minded game. Sangakara do not posses the class of Yousaf and Inzi but he displayed his skills. Our Bats should learn from their mistakes. If you get out to a good delivery then its ok but the way our bats get out is awsome. Poor deliveries but poorest shots played by our senior bats. We should improve our feilding as well. And please please please give Rana a long rest what he is doing since last year. try Azhar or Yasir Arafat. Give them a chance. Wish you good luck Pakis in the rest of the WC.

  • Saddique Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 10:31 GMT

    I remember a quote from Geof Boycott regarding Inzi's not speaking in English and he said that Inzi's doesn't need to talk is English his bat does all the talking. Dear Pakistan cricket board, we are not interested in knowing whether you speak in Urdo, English, Pushto or Punjabi. We are only interested in what Pakistani team does on the field, why is it that every time Pakistan team goes on the world stage to show off how good we are we fall down at the first hurdle, the first match against the West Indies was shameful not because Windies out played us but how stupid game plan we had, and we looked tired and just because Imran Nazir played one good knock against South Africa he seemed to have become our best opener, has anyone forgotten all the 4 bad games he played, he was rubbish in the past and rubbish now. Our openers lack basic techniques, on the PJ Mir front his performance for the 1975 world cup says it all about how good he is. Sorry Pakistan team you will let us down again this time so I might as well retire my self to supporting Ireland who showed us how gutsy the were yesterday

  • Usman on March 16, 2007, 10:30 GMT

    I agree with everyone’s judgment that PCB is a joke but Mr Kamran, ur an amusing character, u write a lot of bakwas too. Osair Anwar is correct; please try to write an article without using a thesaurus.

    Ur selection of words is sometimes ridiculous; it indicates ur foremost concern is to sound intellectual.

  • Haziq on March 16, 2007, 10:29 GMT

    Yeh sabb iss liyae ho raha hai keh jo kuch woh kahain, usay Kuch na samjhay khuda karay koyee...

    They always create some drama...

  • M Akram Khan, Lahore Pakistan on March 16, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    Lets focus the World Cup instead of making/cheering the foolish stuff! These stuff'll loose the concentration from the game of our players, as they are already under pressure by loosing the first game and watching the Ireland's performance!

    Thank You.

  • Urbaz on March 16, 2007, 10:24 GMT


    If that was Quaids thinkin, we'd be supporting India at this worldcup.

    I agree one should be proud of speaking their own language but the sheer fact that you and me are writing on this blog in english demonstrates how vital the language is these days, so there is no harm in speaking it or learning it - unless self development is not one's priority.

    I also agree with you when I see today's youth with an accent but no substance - its a whole other non-cricket related issue. Speaking English does make you educated, somehow we still seem to be stuck in the colonial era with every other person saying 'Sir' 'Sir' 'Sir'.

  • Alistair Hay on March 16, 2007, 10:22 GMT

    Brilliant logic. Can just see it now; the New Zealand team speaking only in Maori, the South Africans in Xhosa, England in cockney, Ireland in Gallic, the Australians in Sledge. Imagine the press conferences! Only a genius could think that one up.

  • rups on March 16, 2007, 10:16 GMT

    If you are in International market, playing internationally, a global player...You have to use a common language, which is English for Cricket. PCB is hiding Inzi's incapabilities of understanding and speaking english, Some people will say whats wrong in using own language?, nothing wrong but behaviour of these players shows that they avoid english and looking for foolish excuses to coverup incapabilities. classic example of MSDhoni of india, that guy is from Small town of Bihar, studied in hindi medium school, never come across english, but now u see he speaks normally.

  • Kunal on March 16, 2007, 10:13 GMT

    Well i m die heart Indian supporter. but i like to watch Pakistan's match as well. But what the hell this time mite. U r promoting your tourism by speaking in Urdu. How the other person can understand what u r talking about (i.e. Gora angrez)

    If you can't speak English it's not acrime and nothing feeling shame on it. But making issue on such a ridiculous topic is shame. You should rather back your team after dismal performance, you r creating hell for them. wake up mite

    Kunal, Sydney

  • urbaz on March 16, 2007, 10:09 GMT

    I agree completely, how crazy is this. It does not matter what language you speak at post match interviews, on the contrary I dont think the english of most of our players is THAT bad. What I notice is, I enjoy it all after a Pakistan 'win'...and usually switch it never even bother to see it after a disgusting loss such as the other day. It matters not if you speak in broken english, urdu, punjabi, pushto or hawaian as long as its after a good performance.

    PCB as a board is run by 'Jahils' - The Drugs Fiasco of Shoiab and Asif is just the tip of the iceberg....lets leave that for another day.

    For now i hope we can gain some momentum after (dare i say hopefully) beating the Irish and Zim.

    However I cant help but mention how dissapointed I was against WI, the lack of spirit, planning and disciple is what gets to me than the loss. I want hold up my head high, no matter what our destiny in the next month.

  • Muhammad Akbar on March 16, 2007, 10:05 GMT

    I think they should have done it along time ago. After any type of performance it is very difficult situation for these people to explain in english. they have to play good cricket after all... and not to get worry about that english thing... Good Step.

  • DHA ALLSTARS on March 16, 2007, 10:04 GMT


    You All seem to find it amusing that Inzi/ Rana/ and Yousuf have beards and that some of our players want to speak in Urdu.

    If a westerner wants to visit our country- I dont think it is for the NIGHTLIFE ETC,it is for the culture of the nation.

    Therefore the reasoning for speaking in Urdu is valid.

    In world politics- you may note, many foreign leaders- will speak in their national languages e.g the French, Japenses, and Chinese and its not becuase they cant speak English!

    Many of our youth think wearing jeans and baseball caps and speaking english in a American style accent- displays coolness and position in society- How shallow the youth of today is!

  • Anwar Shahzad on March 16, 2007, 9:58 GMT

    Brothers! Whuts up Kamran's Article is good but please dont be ashamed on speaking Urdu. Ok lets make it that when we are in English Speaking Country we will speak in English can English speaking players talk in Urdu when they will tour any Urdu speaking country. English is not a standard and is not neccessary for Development. Chinese dont speak English but they are a developed country. Think over it. Dont stop laughing on them who chose to speak in Urdu. The only problem with this whole issue is the explanation given by the PCB for speaking in Urdu. They actually can not market the things properly. We all laugh on Inzi's English we will laugh more if we ask Ponting to speak in Urdu...................

  • mohidin gundroo on March 16, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    Let us be honest.Inzi and quite a few other Pakistani player have difficulty in expressing themselves in English as we seen over the years.It is far better for them to speak in urdu with as Pj Mir translater.It happens in other sports.why not be proud of your culture and lanuage.let us discuss cricket than this bakwas.

  • Kiran Farooq on March 16, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    Javed Khan from Toronto summed it up very well in his post above. The religious fever in the team is unhealthy for professional cricketers. The 'Jamaat' group must be removed from the team after the World Cup, someone who can speak good english, like Salman Butt for instance, should be made Captain. And all the other players must be given English lessons, and also told to fall into line in terms of appearing like cricketers and not Maulvis, otherwise they should face the axe, even if their name is Inzamam Ul Haq and Mohammad Yousef. In the long run, these steps will go a long way into making the team a sporting team like it was in the 80s and 90s instead of the Walking Jamaat Group that it has become since 2002.

  • waseem on March 16, 2007, 9:56 GMT

    Let the ball/bat do the talking! That is the best language any cricket team can speak. Mr. Nasim Ashraf (read the biggest idiot in pakistan)has got it all wrong. I would like to tell him to just shutup.

  • Syed Syed on March 16, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    PCB is making fool of itself. As a Pakistani I feel ashamed. Why the hell PCB wants this issue now, First concentrate on the WC

  • Rizwan Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    I dont agree at all with the writer here if the issue isnt important then why bring it up.Just to get more attention.Anyhow more importantly they dont need to shave,or wear hawai T shirts so ppl make a joke out of them.Alhamdulillaah Rana has started to grow his beard which is good at promoting the right brand of pakistani we need.And Dr Kamran should also consider following the Sunnah then to be exclusively taking a dig at the PCB.

  • popatlal on March 16, 2007, 9:47 GMT

    Liguistic cousins of Shakespeare they surely are not.

  • Rohail Ali on March 16, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    @ Roger Bond (above post) bro we are here to give comments on Pakistani team language not there political issue & for your kind info all political problems are created here just coz of u westerners polocy of devide n rule.

  • deepak on March 16, 2007, 9:40 GMT

    guys wake up..its a canny trick by the PCB!!! if pak plyrs spk in uedu...most ppl wont understand so less chances of controversies and bob and inzi wud love to rattle of their answers to uncomfortable questions after matches and make a quick escape bfore even others figure out what they said..nice eh?

  • xx23 on March 16, 2007, 9:38 GMT

    well..ya..i cant be forced to speak a language which you are'nt that good at.They are feeling more comfortable on speaking their own language and and jsut let them do it..And having beards doesnt mean they resemble taliban its their own wish..Theyl do what they and not what others are looking for..Cricket is a game and what you speak and how you look is not gonna count..All you you have to do is you gotta go there and play your game..

  • Naveed on March 16, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    Kamran, i think they should focus on beating ireland now, rather than focusing on the language speaking ability. We are less bothered with Inzi's language and more with his batting. Ireland has got 80% chance of winning against Pakistan. They played 100 times better than us against Zimbabwe and i will be happy with pakistan faces a shambolising defeat againt them. Hail Ireland.

  • Mubashir Hanif on March 16, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! kaun log o tusy? dhobi ka kutta na ghar ka naa ghaat ka! kawwa chala hans kee chaal upnee bhee bhool gaya! what about the official langauge of Pakistan? what about medium of instruction in Pakistan? what about the language of our forces? what about language of our "leaders" who feel pride in saying what ever they know in pigeon english?

    I think its a question of inferiority complex, which you can not get rid of until you find yourself. You know the word "LOST". You simply just dont know where you are heading to. As Allama Iqbal says find yourself (KHUDY). Once you define yourself, its easy to organize yourself at any level. I dont understand the "wise guys" behind these smart "moves".

  • Mark Gardiner on March 16, 2007, 9:32 GMT

    It seems like Pakistan is playing a very good role in bringing new controversies to cricket. I don’t have to count them capitulate to drugs issues PCB has shown their unprofessional approach. I personally have no problems with anybody’s religion or beard and language for this sake. If some body can’t speak English doesn’t make him a lesser player, why can’t they afford to have a translator? I don’t see any harm in this. By saying that I will also mention that English or Urdu will not play any part in tourism, probably it would be better if PCB will improve their cricket stadiums, yellowish and dusty grounds offer no attraction to people like me. Once my Pakistani friend told me that Pakistanis agree on anything and after reading all the comments, I realised that he was very right.

  • Imran on March 16, 2007, 9:32 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    The time has arrived that the entire PCB including all employees & associates should be fired.


  • Ramesh Bala on March 16, 2007, 9:31 GMT

    Speaking in urdu to promote tourism sounds like a far-fetched idea. However ICC cannot impose the language that a player uses while interviewed whether on the field or off it. This is typically the kind of attitude that the stinks of white-man's arrogance. Cricket is an universal game and people of vried cultures and languages play the game and should have to freedom to express themselves in the language they feel comfortable be it English, Urdu, Bengali or any other! If some do not understand let them have an interpreter. Likewise interpreters should also be provided to translate English interviews into Urdu or any other language.

  • Zishan Iqbal on March 16, 2007, 9:31 GMT

    Kamran, totally agree with yow. Brilliant article. Players should just speak in whatever language they feel comfortable - even a mix of Urdu and English! Nobody is saying we are not proud of Urdu. But we must realise the world we live in, in which English is the common language Im afraid. The excuse the PCB has given for "promoting tourism" is the worst excuse I have ever heard...even more so than "the dog ate my homework!" I guess what they were trying to say in a dimwitted way was that they felt it was embarassing having the players speak broken English. Well in that case they should just have provided a traslator. But it just shows how downhill the PCB has gone since Sharyar and Ramiz Raja left and Naseem Ashraf and his goons came in. They have made us a laughing stock. They should be concentrating on why the Pakistan coach (as rated as he is) is backing other teams (ie SA) to win the world cup other than Pakistan. And judging by his blog yesterday, he just seems to be taking it easy and putting in minimal effort. I hate to say this, but he should have gone after the Oval rubbish, as his heart doesnt seem to be in it anymore. Final point - I guess the PCB does 1 thing - with its stupidity, it unites ALL Pakistanis against them!!!

  • khaan on March 16, 2007, 9:24 GMT

    There is nothing wrong to speak in the language one feels comfortable with. They (PCB) should have just informed players that if anyone wants to speak in urdo then translator will there to help them. This has happened in the past; Wasim once helped Saqlain (I thin) and only last month one of the Sri Lankan players spoke in his native language. But as many friends mentioned above, PCB is looking for issues which has nothing to do with cricket and this w. cup. Kamran bhahi, it seems you also ran out of ideas as to how attrack many to your blog. Relating tourisms in pakistan to urdo interviews of Pak cricketers and urdo interviews of crickters to their beards (something very personal) is plain stupidity.

  • Mustafa on March 16, 2007, 9:23 GMT

    why to use english every where.. another stupid argument given to undermine our national language and keep english as a status symbol.. Everyone knows that Pakistan and india are the golden mines of cricket.. they should use their own language and the rest of the world will be forced to give it a room as ... the world is forced to use english if it wants to do buisness in and uk. I am a student in germany and a lot of germans are learning Chineese now because china is the next economic power... Pakistn and india are the only countries in the world who are embarassed of their beautiful language... may Allah give us a bit of understanding...

  • RMMJK on March 16, 2007, 9:16 GMT

    To Dear PCB:

    Can we please get back to cricket? The team of 1992 was lead by an aristrocrat leader who made a greater impression with his British-accented english and his team managed to change the fortunes of Pakistand cricket. Lets try and emmulate them instead. It will serve our cause better.

  • RSP on March 16, 2007, 9:12 GMT

    Kamran , Your views are correct when viewing in your view. But, think of the bakwas's pak cricketers are making, and other's are making on them with english .

    Now, PCB should have done it differently. Which ever cricketer wants a translater(is not comfortable with english) let them use one. Those who doesnt need one, let them use which ever language they are comfortable with .

    Why Iam saying this, because, there are some guys in Pak team , who speaks very good english- Afridi for Eg. So, why ban english on these buddies ?

  • maan on March 16, 2007, 9:06 GMT

    i totaly disagree with mr. kamran and i think that we should feel proud to speak in our national language and not ba ashamed of it people who think english is must are sick minded people i think it is great step by pcb. one thing it should not only be applied on our cricketer but also on our politions when ever they speak it should be in urdu no matter where they speak. thnx.

  • Chris on March 16, 2007, 9:05 GMT

    Pakistani cricket is increasingly bizarre. I'd like also to note that Said's 'Orientalism' theory hasn't discredited anything largely because the shoddy scholarship and factual inaccuracies emphatically discredited the work itself. It is, to perhaps abuse Mr. Abbasi's Urdu, a load of old bakwas, however comforting it might be as a concept to certain minds.

  • haroon on March 16, 2007, 9:03 GMT

    if PCB is worried that players shall be embrassed in presentation ceremony after match, they should be more happy that if a players gets MOM award it surely means pakistan vitory. All the player has to say, i tried my best.,thanks etc.. that's all.No body is watching grammer or the details .

  • srivathsan on March 16, 2007, 9:01 GMT

    I am really surprised why PCB is going out of the way to create problems for themselves.This urdu direction was totally uncalledfor.Allow the players to speak what ever language he is comfortable with.Translaters are there to assist.English is an international language & cannot be wihedaway.To say that speaking in urdu promotes tourism is hight of stupidity.If language helps tourism then no language is better than english to promote.Shahyaar khan was indeed amuch better administrator & he never lowered the dignity of PCB.promoting Tourism is the responsibility of the tourism ministry & PCB should worry about improving cricket in pakistan.At present the team needs suppoort & guidence & not direction to speak a particular language.Kamran, ur article should help PCB to realise their folly.

  • Anirudh on March 16, 2007, 8:59 GMT


    Good article... My sentiment is the same as most of the people in this blog... There is no logical way that speaking in Urdu will promote tourism! Playing some good cricket might promote the country... Having a decent translator might promote respect... But looking like bumbling idiots after a pathetic display will only make them look like jesters in court!

  • Ehtesham-ul-Haq on March 16, 2007, 8:58 GMT

    I would only like to say that the players should be given right to speak whatever language they choose or they feel comfortable with.

    Imposing anything on players will not produce any results.

  • Salman Sharif on March 16, 2007, 8:54 GMT

    Completely agree with you Kamran. What I can't understand is the fact that Naseem Ashraf originally said that he doesn't want Pakistan to show any public displays of religion. In my mind this would suppress Pakistan's culture because being a Muslim is part of the majority's way of life. However Naseem Ashraf wants to promote Pakistan's culture by making them speak Urdu - how does this add up? This just makes Pakistan look more backward than anything else and doesn't at all promote the country's many plus points.

  • Naila on March 16, 2007, 8:54 GMT

    I think it is not shameful. The main reason is that they cannot speak well and if one cannot speak one language very well then why not leave it there and speak your own language. Consider chinese president speaking chinese in white house, is this shameful? or is it just that he doesnt know english but is conveying his message perfectly well to the audience. another incident which took place when a reporter asked kaneria about the fire that took place in hotel and he replied "it happens". and the next day west indian newspaper mentioned "it happens at home as well".I think it is a good decision about speaking urdu(when u cant speak in english) but the main thing is, it should not be considered as promoting it.infact it should be considered as the "avoidance of misquoting players english in media".We all should take this positively not like shameful incident.if we all pakistanis will make fun of our team with no reason then the rest of the world will also do it.

  • Nabeel Iqbal on March 16, 2007, 8:53 GMT

    I agree that speaking English for Pakistani players is bit difficult but I dont think that it should be a matter of shame or embarrassment for them. I guess the PCB is making issues and creating a mess of everything without any reason. By linking usage of Urdu for the sake of promoting tourism is simply rubbish. Yes but the players should be free to speak in Urdu if they wish for better conveying their message to the media and can use a translator. This should not be a problem rather we should be using Urdu because it is our national language. Look at Chinese and Saudis, they never feel ashamed in talking in their language alongwith translators even their politicians do the same. And they are quite happy in that. Please PCB dont make foolish issues and let Inzi and his team focus on their work instead of demoralizing them by restricting to talk in Urdu. Everybody knows that it is a step taken to avoid humilation and not for promoting tourism, rubbish! Come on PCB wake up, you already have brought a bad name to Pakistan cricket and the team so far in your tenure, dont do anything more now, for Gods sake!

  • Aadil on March 16, 2007, 8:52 GMT

    Well Pakis its time for some introspection,PCB is in disarry and they come up with some crazy ideas only Almighty knows from where...but cant the players speak out and stand up against and stop this non-sense...if the fact is ..they(players) cant speak english then its just fine..dont are there to play cricket and do that best,only we asians feel down if we dont know to speak english...look at football or chinese,japs..they dont bother..,you can speak whatever language you are good at,its not a must to speak english but not some reason as stupid as promoting tourism..come on guys...Conclusion no one should be forced to speak a particular language...ITS THAT SIMPLE

  • Jack - India on March 16, 2007, 8:46 GMT

    There is no need to bring attention on this issue. Everyone knows that players need to play better than to worry about language. Who cares if they speak good english or urdu. Let them speak what ever language they prefers. Or else bring english teacher in Pak to play cricket. But please dont relate it to tourism.

  • santhosh on March 16, 2007, 8:45 GMT

    2 good . .. fantasctically articulated

  • Zahid Khan on March 16, 2007, 8:39 GMT

    As far as the article goes mind you Kamran you are just venting and a lot of sarcasm. Now about the issue at hand you do have a right to state your opinion but when you talk about bearded men you are actually criticizing personalities that nobody has a right to do. Be proud of your country mate!

  • Gumnam on March 16, 2007, 8:27 GMT

    Nice comments frmo every one, one thing that we all should accept it to encourage the talent instead of speaking english. It is true that by speaking damaged english, its a laugh for the other people (Even for the people in Pakistan) but this is the responsibility of PCB to give the players confidence how to face the media, and arrange some special english classes along with the cricket training!

    You all knows very well when the 2 W'z and along with lot of PK players came in the PK cricket team how they spoke english, it'll get better like those... but honestly speaking can't understand specially Inzi :o) but i m sure he wouldn't be with the team after the W C 2007, you'll sea him after 5 or 6 months with the beard till his belly Inshallah! he has choosen a true track for his life!

  • yasar arafat on March 16, 2007, 8:25 GMT

    Come on guys be professinal.Concentrate on world cup.I think PCB is trying to get reputation by working on such silly issues.

  • Javed Khan - Toronto on March 16, 2007, 8:24 GMT

    It is indeed stupid on the part of Nasim Ashraf to introduce this new rule. I have always believed that the tableegis are ruining this team. First of all, there is NO harm in praying and practicing your religion. But no one made Pakistan cricket team the Islam spreaders of the world for crying out loud. Do you see the Bengalis practicing tableegh jamaat wherever they go? Thanks to Inzamam - we know have Inzamam, Yousef, Afridi, Rana, Shabbir, Asim Kamal and co all with full grown beards looking more like Maulvis and Professors rather than professional athletes and cricket players. This must stop immediately. Similarly, the no-english rule is a failing on the part of the PCB. In the 90's we had guys like Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Ramiz Raja, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Moin Khan and co who were no english masters but knew how to talk in english properly. All these silly die-hard so called "Proud Pakistanis" who think there is no harm in talking in Urdu need to look out of their glass houses and see where the world is today. Without English, you cannot communicate with anyone. It is an International language and any professional sportsman who goes abroad to represent his country MUST speak the language in a manner where he can at the very least be understood. The PCB MUST introduce English language lessons for the junior players - anyone who is under 30 should be made to learn the English language through the TOEFL program, and within 2 seasons or so - they would at least be able to communicate properly. This would also help them in their every day life after cricket as well. They can speak Urdu all they want, but when they are representing Pakistan internationally they must speak English, and understand that they are to promote a modern and well spoken appearance on the international stage. This is extremely important - we dont need the likes of PJ Mir and Nasim Ashraff making fools of us with this "Translation crap" - we need PCB to make these players understand this is not Multan or Sialkot...they are not tableegis or Maulvis...rather they are professional cricketers who must talk, play, and appear like international athletes. Inzamam;s time is finally up after the world cup, but the likes Yousef and Co must also make a decision on where their future lies..if they are more interested in practicing religion and having their jamaat, they they should respectfully step aside like Saeed Anwar did and concentrate on their religion. Cricket is a game of professional athletes not a tableegi jamaat, and its about time the PCB gets its act together and cracks the whip on these people who are using the cricket team as a religious tool.

  • Gohar LHR on March 16, 2007, 8:01 GMT

    well Mr. Kamran... first up, you are sounding like racist... "he sight of bearded men speaking in an Eastern tongue"... why can't it be? what's wrong with it? never thought before this article that you had such a pessimist approach.

    One thing... we should be proud of our language... in other sports... if Dans can speak Denish and Finns can speak Finnish and French can speak French... what's wrong with Pakistanis speaking Urdu.

    Its a separate thing that PCB is indulging in non-issues and forcing players into it... but don't just disgrace our national language.

    I really appreciate and second Mr. Aamir's post here.

    """Posted by: aamir at March 15, 2007 11:37 PM

    I don't understand why media is making such a big deal out of this. "What is wrong in speaking Urdu?" I am a Pathan, I am proud to speak in Urdu. Eventhough, my accent is butt of jocks among friends."""

    Please have some self-respect as a Pakistani to earn respect from rest of the world. Thanks.

  • Harish on March 16, 2007, 8:00 GMT

    I am from India,I am not sure if language problem is the main reason for some your top performers to be such a low profile. On the top of list is Umar GUL, I always admire him since he rocked India in 2003-04 match winning test in Lahore. But, you see he rarely speaks(humility ?) he only lets his bowling do the talk.He has been consistent in one day performance. compare this with our big mouth Sreeshant, yet to make a mark in ODI (very expensive), but still boasting about his ability in WC.

  • khawaja Umair on March 16, 2007, 7:56 GMT

    It this moment in time language does not matter, what we have to do is to get our act together. secondly each player should be allowed to speak in whatever language they want. If pcb has asked them to speak in urdu I don't see anything wrong with that, we should not be ashamed of our language, however the reason given for it is simply a joke. Another thing I wanted to ppoint out was the fact that listening to a bearded person in a press conference talking in urdu is not the right image. That simply is a very irresponsible comment made by you. You have to grow up now. Firstly Pakistan is an islamic country which was supposed to be running according to Islam. And islam says that you have to have a beard which is seen from a distance. So If the players have beards it does not make them stupid or something bad. That was simply out of order. Indeed let me tell you one thing that Mohamad Yousuf Broke Sir viv Richards record with a beard and you have written a great article in his praise. Inzi made the best hundred he never got with a beard. Mushtaq ahmad lead his club to victories with a beard. So when they are performing with a beard they are heroes, as soon as they start to hold press conferences they become pandos. I don't see your logic.

  • asim on March 16, 2007, 7:50 GMT

    Why the team management make such an issue over press conferences is beyond me. You can get misquoted no matter what language you speak. They should concentrate on banning bad shots, useless bowling and dropped catches, then we might listen to what they have to say!

  • kumar on March 16, 2007, 7:44 GMT

    Soon urdu will be must for paki coach too.... woolmer ji... act now and learn urdu to save your job......

  • Opening Bat on March 16, 2007, 7:42 GMT

    Hoot,hoot Kamran.This is the funniest piece...I remeber reading something Imran Wrote about his 1971 tour.How the then Manager apprently went on and on at a reception in England about how great it was for his boys to be able to mix with the English and learn how to use a fork and knife to eat!!! I can imagine the young ,aristocratic Imran wanting to disappear into a hole.

    If Urdu speaking is going to promote tourism in PAkistan,

    ..then Bangladesh is going to win the world cup!!!

    Its time PAk cut the Crap and focussed on the cricket.And Inzy's English will certainly attract more tourists!!!

  • Sajid Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 7:41 GMT

    Nasim Ashraf is an idiot.

  • Usman Ahmad UK on March 16, 2007, 7:41 GMT

    Well done mate you nailed it this time :) very very amusing ..... One question any body in PCB or Pakistan Team listening to all of us passing comments and suggestions or i think not ..... shame .....

  • S Shaikh on March 16, 2007, 7:41 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    Interesting article from you mate. I agree with you upto a certain extent. PCB has made a joke of themselves on numerous occassion and this Urdu language issue is one. Promoting native language is wonderful but one should promote language properly not on the cricket field. Imagine Izni replying to a question "Inzi-Surprisingly your team really played well. What was the strategy?" Inzi Replying:" Assalam-Alayaikum, Sab se Pehle Mai Allah ka shukar ada karta hun (Which is true)Haan Ji larkon ney ji buhat acha khela ji aur buhat mehnat ki ji. Hamari soch bilkul saaf thi key hum maidan mai jai aur khel jeetey. Bas janab mehnat rung le aayi baki larko ney khela aur hum jeet gaye. Shabaash larkon tussi great ho."

    Now can a team like this promote your culture and on top of it Is the worldcup a place to promote such things. I guess they should only be thinking of winning the worldcup rather than attracting tourism.

    LONG LIVE Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket not the Cricket Board.


    S Shaikh

  • Afzaal Khan on March 16, 2007, 7:21 GMT

    The only thing u got right in the article was the quote " bakwas is bakwas..". As u forget to mention the bakwas in this case is ur article. But then again how would u know? lolz

  • Sankar on March 16, 2007, 7:17 GMT

    Kamran ! One of your best articles accompanied by a very good title !! Well, one of the passionate Paki has asked whats wrong in speaking in Urdu and why you posted this for a gobal audience.

    My dear friend, When Inzi speaks on a post match conference it is for the global audience and not for Pakis. If it is for Pakis, let him go to Karachi and speak all "Insha allahs" !

  • Ateeq Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 7:17 GMT

    Spot on kamran sahab..the world is enjoying and perhaps laughing at it.... PCB is acting like a fool... we all know that inzamam is not goood in english but he is alwayz able to explain wat he speaks and understands watever is asked from him... thats all bakwas from pcb... he is a man with few words but strong meaning...

  • Sunny B on March 16, 2007, 7:16 GMT

    Kamram Bhai .... where is your Translator to Translate this Article for Our Pakistani Team ??? LOL

  • BOB on March 16, 2007, 7:16 GMT

    lets look at the funny side... jus 4 fun... can V translate some cricket terms into URDU? aasharya (POINT), peeche ka aasharya (BACKWARD POINT), lambi taang (LONG LEG), theesra aadmai (THIRD MAN), dakkan (COVER), gehri dakkan (DEEP COVER)....

  • Jawed Ali, Karachi on March 16, 2007, 7:13 GMT

    First thing why this issue of speaking URDU come at this time that surely PJ Mir wants some attention but good job. Why it wasn't raised 20 or 30 years ago. I would be delighted if players rather speak in URDU. But this should be started at the highest level i.e. President, Prime minister and other Foreign Minister and officials should start this trend. For Pakistani team they should concentrate on winning the world cup and proudly speak URDU rather than English.

    P.S. Please don't abbreviate Pakistan or Pakistani to Paki.

  • Jay on March 16, 2007, 7:12 GMT

    Well I have nothing big to say other than the fact that many of Pakistan's cricketers have problems speaking proper English. Many of you would have noticed how Inzi has tough time using proper English vocabulary. Its mostly 'thas is.. we is good players, we wants to put them unda pressures'. Sorry but thats how he speaks English. So I guess the PCB has conveyed the message to the world in a more respectful way that most of Pakistan's cricketers have poor command over the English language so they are better off talking in Urdu.

  • Rohan on March 16, 2007, 7:10 GMT

    Well the way things are going, if Pakistan dont do well in the world cup they would remove Bob Woolmer saying that he cant speak urdu and he has not been able to communicate with the players.

  • Atif on March 16, 2007, 7:00 GMT

    Well, Kamran is right about doing the job in the right direction. Human Development has always been the best tool to improve eveyr sector of the society of a particular nation.

    As far as Cricket is concerned, I believe players should be given formal training about how to be as they are the representatives of a nation overseas. rather "DISGUISED REPRESENTATIVES"!

  • usman hayee on March 16, 2007, 6:56 GMT

    I tell you bakwas is bakwas in punjabi too!!

  • munna on March 16, 2007, 6:47 GMT

    oh sorry i forgot , HI MUM !!

  • munna on March 16, 2007, 6:46 GMT

    everybody needs to get behind the team for once , and the players need to show some fight and play for pride and their country , i dont mind them losing , but sometimes its the manner in which they do it . we all know they are capable . inshallah jeet hamari hoo gee

  • Aftab Ahmed...Lahore on March 16, 2007, 6:43 GMT

    I Fear that soon everyone in our cricket team would be sprouting facial hair ala Inzi, Yousuf, Rana, Afridi, Shabbir, Malik etc and that more than anything will surely keep the tourists away. This syndrome started with the likes of Saeed Anwer, Mushi and Saqlain and is now becoming the trade mark of our cricketers. I would have preferred exciting cricket to be our hallmark rather than the Planet of the Apes look...There are beards and then there are beards. Even as a religious statement why cant we have neat trimmed facial hair rather than the ill kempt wild style. I am sure it is disconcerting in some way and hampers one while batting, bowling or fielding. And it surely doesnot represent the moderate enlightenment we are trying to portray...

  • Imran Shirvanee on March 16, 2007, 6:42 GMT

    And I thought, Kamran, you were a journalist! You would check your facts before you write anything. I was wrong. Because, the reason given by the Pakistan team coach, Bob Woolmer, for Urdu press conferences was, "The Pakistani players feel comfortable in their national language." This is what he had said last Friday. AFP, the French news agency, had further quoted him as having said, "They can express themselves freely in Urdu and they are proud of their language and their country. Our media manager Pervez Mir will act as interpreter during the press conferences." Now where did this notion of this being a tourism promotion idea come from? Funny, a lot of people have jumpted to support your assertions without checking their facts. But well, they are not journalists, you, perhaps, are. And by the way, all media activity inside the grounds (i.e. the interviews after the toss and at the end-of-the-match presentation ceremony) would be in English since the ICC does not understand any other language. Bloody racists!

  • titojose on March 16, 2007, 6:42 GMT

    blame it on english,just because most pakistani players cant speak english,pcb came with an excuse...sillyjoke.

  • Anand on March 16, 2007, 6:35 GMT

    So what? If Pakistan's players can articulate themselves better in Urdu (with phrases like "short fine leg" thrown in for good measure) then, so be it. I know I am in the minority here, but this is a good decision. If the ICC or non-Pakistani journalists can't handle it, well life is tough. The Pakistan Cricket board has absolutely no reason to feel apologetic about this. Of course, they have to concentrate on winning the world cup but this is one of the steps on that path. Good for you Pakistan!

  • Amit Prabhu on March 16, 2007, 6:34 GMT

    Great article. Nothing wrong in the players speaking Urdu, but I wonder how that will promote tourism in Pakistan. The next we hear that players from different provinces will speak their languages, those from Punajab will speak in Punjabi. Thank God, nobody in India has yet thought of it, else we will have more translators than palyers, given that there are so many languages in India.

  • Ash Zed on March 16, 2007, 6:34 GMT

    This is shocking!!!

    Banning English means we further isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. We are already most disliked team all over the world due to display of team/administrator personal, religious and social beliefs during official international matches and now we want to use WC to promote Urdu.

    My question to Dr. Naseem what is your job portfolio? To promote cricket or promote Urdu all over the world? If he is so interested to promote Urdu, he should leave PCB and make an international forum to promote his national language.

    I will not be surprised if Dr. Naseem and all mulvi of Pak team will ask ICC to have break for all prayers and instead of having water break, we will have prayer break where Inzi will lead the prayer right in front of the pavilion while Mushy will do tabligh work to umpires and opposite team. In the commentary box, you might find another mulvi beside Rameez and Tony Cozier highlighting the importance of various aspects of the religion.

    The equation is simple; ICC world cup is not the platform to promote personal preference or religious beliefs. It is all about sports and we must stick to what it meant for.

    Pak is lagging behind in EVERY field just because of lack of quality education and inability to speak English. There are definitely good Paki people around with high IQ and full of intelligence but unable to express themselves due to lack in language skills. Look at the Middle East job market where majority of the jobs from top to bottom are filled by Indians who are much better equipped in terms of education and language skills. If we do not change our mentality to speak Urdu and wear shalwar kamiz, I am sorry, we have a DARK FUTURE ahead of us.

    Working outside Pakistan in a cross-culture environment, I am really ashamed of facing my colleagues and friends who are from all around the globe. They only laugh at such joking actions of PCB.

    To tell you the truth, these days it is a source of embarrassment to tell someone that you are a Pakistani. I know most of the people in this blog will react very angrily but this is a fact that we have to accept and do something more constructive rather than banning English to promote and enhance the image of the country.

  • Talal Hasan Cambridge on March 16, 2007, 6:32 GMT


    You should read one of your fellow colleagues article on this subject. His view is much more sympathetic.

    It may actually be possible that the players prefer to speak in urdu. Don't you think the players are very uncomfortable when they speak in broken English.

    Oh wait a minute I forgot that you are dillusional. As you still think Pakistan can win the world cup.


  • Jawad Tahir on March 16, 2007, 6:32 GMT

    I am not surprised by this move as mr nasim ashraf, the media hungry guy, must be having many other tricks up his sleeve to show the world that how goofy PCB guys are. He is spending more time in travelling and making such stupid policies rather than expediting the approval phases of that cricket bill he promised long time ago. The thing that is not common these days is common sense and mr nasim ashraf is unfortunately not blessed with that at all.

    And by the way pray to god that we do not lose to ireland or zimbabwe cos that would mean end of pakistan cricket.

  • Ajai Banerji on March 16, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    There are many weird things which have happened in Indian cricket, but Pakistan has clearly won in this respect. One can understand that some of the players may not be that fluent in English, so let them have a translator. This doesn't seem to be a big problem for India and Sri Lanka's teams. In fact a few Indian players used to speak in Hindi in the past, but most have picked up reasonable English by now. But the idea that Urdu will promote tourism is really weird. There are many other things that Pakistan needs to do to improve tourism. To begin with, why is it so difficult for prospective tourists from neighbouring countries to get visas?

  • Shan on March 16, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    Players should be allowed in whatever language they want to use and there shouldn't be a ban on speaking any language other than Urdu. Due respect for you Mr. Kamran Abbassi, but you have made yourself hell of a CLOWN with this style of yours. Although points made by Mr. Abbasi are valid but the style seems derogatory in the ending lines. Mind your language please Mr. Abbassi, you aren't that big an authority on Pakistani cricket. I wonder if Cricinfo which otherwise is a great site dedicated to cricket, can find some better person and articles to represent Pakistan here.

  • Khalid on March 16, 2007, 6:30 GMT

    I know things are awry in the cricket camp, I think we at this moment in time everyone should be supporting the team, remember such comments were being made after a defeat to WI in 1992. So why dont we pray that our team does well. To the extent I think its very good that our team is going towards religion and beard is one of the key part of it. Remember these people are best at what they do,if we were any better we would have been in there place. So think rationally!!!

  • Nusrat Hussain on March 16, 2007, 6:27 GMT

    I don't find any problem for speakin in Urdu, and there is nothing wrong in it. After all, none of the other teams apart from the subcontinent can speak Urdu. But For God sake 'Allah Kay Wastay' give us the truth that our players cannot speak English. Do not take refuge of 'Tourism.' I don't know when are we going to learn speaking the Truth. Keeping a Darhi doesn't give us the liscence to tell a lie.

  • Haroon on March 16, 2007, 6:27 GMT

    Thanks almighty the ordeal is over otherwise they would have become a laughing stock. Now ICC has enforced guidelines that all press conferences shall be in English only. This saves time. Translation and retranslation was getting on nerve and originality was lost. Inzy is 15 years old in cricket and good in handling conversation in english at least in context of cricket. Even he and the world was enjoying the interaction and the attention while briefings. The sole aim of team should be enjoying cricket and getting cup for country. All other things are superficial.

  • Imran on March 16, 2007, 6:16 GMT

    Right Kamran. Actually whoever wants to tour the world becomes the Chairman of the PCB. I don't know why Naseem Ashraf was selected. None other board speaks that much as Pakistan board chairmen. They always want to be in news. Same is for Inzamam he just wants to be in news and perform nothing. What was the need to raise this Urdu issue when we are the most underrated test playing country after Bangladesh to win this worldcup and the first match proves it. Looking at the performance of Ireland I can smell an upset can you?

  • Anwaar ul haq on March 16, 2007, 6:15 GMT

    its a great news hearing, that pakistani players will speak in urdu now.

  • ali on March 16, 2007, 6:11 GMT

    I'd like to comment on what Mr. Ozair Anwar had to say on the matter and about the article itself. Sir, you missed the point of the entire article . It wasn't debating whether urdu or english should be spoken at press conferences. It was discussing the ludicrous reasons that the PCB cites for banning english and using urdu as the language of choice . Hence , yes choosing urdu over english is stupidity since it doesnt achieve the intended purpose. Tourism ??? what an absurd argument to use for justifying the action. You promote tourism by making the country and its people more appealing , not by vieling them behind the native language and PJ Mir. This is a sure way of alienating our national cricketing community from the world. So what if their use of the english language was dreadful! The constructive thing to do would be to make sure that our future crop of players are taught or given atleast working knowledge of english , if need be, under duress. After all they are representing their country at a global stage and are effectively ambassadors for pakistan. Its quite frightening that instead of making progress, Pakistan is deteriorating in the world community's eyes and actually reverting to pre-historic ideals, when all around them , the world is looking forward. Mr. Nasim Ashraf, in the short span of time that he's been chairman , has proven that he is more than incompetent/inept at managing the PCB . Things have gone from bad to appalling. Mr. Ozair anwar I would also request you not to make deprecating comments of a personal nature about the columnist or anyone else . I feel it is outside the domain of this forum to make offensive remarks about anyone .

    On a more positive note , its always taken a miracle for us to do well . and why should we stop hoping now ? Even if we dont do supremely well in the tournament i think all of us should support our team to the full and be the die-hard patriots that we pakistanis are capable of being. Pakistan zindabad !

  • Rashid. on March 16, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    I do not no when Pakistan was as much humiliated as now. Indians don't ask for Hindi and what is the big difference between Hindi and Urdu anyway? We were never stamped as arrogant(take that back). With many talented players, our end result is very pathetic. Cricket is not to promote tourism. Now, Please do not try to promote Islam with Hippocratic,arrogant and empty knowledge. Cricket is just a game. Please bring back some one with some characteristic and not a slave.

  • Daniyal on March 16, 2007, 6:07 GMT

    I take offence to your article Kamran. While I agree with the view that the PCB was idiotic to say the least in announcing that all press conferences would be held in English one has to question why our players should speak English to begin with? Is it our national tongue? No. Does a majority of Pakistan speak English? No. Do a majority of Pakistanis, in the public school system, have access to English tutors and course materials? No.

    So Kamran why should the players speak English? Possibly because it would give an educated outlook of Pakistan or Pakistanis? Lets not kid ourselves a handful of people in Pakistan speak English, I don't need to speak English to get by in this country so why should I not be proud to speak my tongue rather than being made to feel like a terrorist or jahil or gawaar because I speak what I was born speaking Urdu?

  • Ahmed, Toronto on March 16, 2007, 6:07 GMT

    While I agree that Pakistani cricketers are better off speaking in Urdu during press conferences, as their English sucks. However PCB should not have to make any excuses (such as tourism) but I guess thats just the extension of the Pakistani society. Never face the truth and always lie. This is more damaging than Inzy babbling in a post game ceremony. Something we really do not need at this time.

  • Shivank Arya on March 16, 2007, 6:06 GMT

    PCB has got this one totally wrong! How can speaking in Urdu promote tourism is out of my mind. And above that, they chose a wrong place to try this out. Pakistan is not playing very good cricket. Many of it's really good players are either injured or doped. And above that PCB is sending a message of "Please come and visit Pakistan.". Where is CRICKET? Everything is so funny. Pakistan's government has to do a lot more to promote tourism.

    Another irony is, I think, PCB has maximum restrictions on it's players when compared to other cricket boards. Do this...Don't do this...go there....don't go this....don't eat this.... And after all this Pak team always ends up in one controversy or the other.

    I hope after this defeat, they just concentrate on cricket.

  • M-Alavi on March 16, 2007, 6:04 GMT

    Very good article, you have hit the bull's eye. Couldnt agree more. I am surprised that our team and PCB are actually worrying about which language to speak in rather than paying attention to the world cup. It seems as if our team is stll unaware of the importance and seriousness of this tournament-is this the WORLD CUP!?

  • Sanjiv on March 16, 2007, 6:02 GMT

    Dear Kamran. Well said. It is funny isnt it, how these Administrators make a fool of themselves and a laughing stock of the players (for no fault of theirs)and an entire nation. Both your country and mine (India) is full of Cricket administrators who have had nothing to do with Cricket all their lives. It is actually their own path to glory. Have you heard of a guy called Raj Singh Dungarpur. The only difference is that he speaks chaste English. But then as you said, Bakwas is bakwas whether in Urdu or in English. Keep it up.

  • Pissing against the wind on March 16, 2007, 6:01 GMT

    Kamran Old Chap ,

    While I agree with you , the problem I see is that the majority of Team Pakistan members will have poblems in communicating in Urdu as well . Whatever move PCB makes they tend to blunder . What they should have announced is that all team , other than Sami and Kanneria , will give interviews in Punjabi , while Sami and Kanneria will be allowed to speak in Urdu . However , I find this idea of promoting tourism through use of Urdu hilarious . If we really want to promote tourism we should appoint Ian Botham Director of Pakistan Tourism Board in London . He will , I am sure , be happy to arrange holidays with one way tickets , all expenses paid for mother-in-laws from Western Europe , North Africa , Australia and New Zealand .

    My last comment , is Naseem Ashraf for real ? He will succeed in bringing Pakistan cricket to its lowest depth .

  • Usman on March 16, 2007, 5:59 GMT

    Mr. Kamran beard has nothing to do with any of this rubbish stuff. We give a shit if any one don’t wants to come to Pakistan by seeing bearded ambassadors resembling Taliban because bearded men resembles our Holy Prophet PBUH more than they resemble Taliban so mind your words before you say anything about beard.

  • zain on March 16, 2007, 5:53 GMT

    well they are cricketers thier duties are to perform on ground, play cricket thats it!!!?? i dont thing there is any need of creating issue (like one said close to taliban etc ) they can speak panjabi if they like aswell just like french speak thier own lang.

  • Dawar on March 16, 2007, 5:49 GMT

    Our players can not speak good english. Some of them can not speak english at all. Nothing wrong on it. This is not our national language. But we should speak good URDU, this is important.

    I think PCB tried to help players to avoid english interviews.

    This is a reason PCB brought PROMOTION of URDU strategy as scapegoat.

    On other hand PCB is keeping Bob Woolmer to promote western culture in the dressing room.

    How our players communicate with Bob?

    it’s a huge communication gap btw coach & players. Now PCB is also accepting by this URDU promotion strategy.


  • Nohman Abbasi on March 16, 2007, 5:48 GMT

    well. i think the only purpose of this particular forum is to D grade Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket Team. It seems 90% of writers are those who cant bare Pakistan. It is really disappointing that how Roger Bond have merged Urdu, beard, Pakistan and terrorism. This shows how much he and other writers who have criticized Namaz and Tahajad hate Islam and Pakistan. I m proud to hear that Pakistani team will speak in Urdu. If u don’t understand Urdu and are still interested to know what Pakistani players are saying in Urdu, please join classes of Urdu and try 2 improve Urdu instead of writing all bl…. Things over here….

  • Anjan Panday, Washington DC on March 16, 2007, 5:48 GMT

    Yes, you are very right. After all, bakwas is bakwas and this is no more than bakwas. By the way, Inzzi speaks pretty good these days.

  • syed aziz ahmed on March 16, 2007, 5:47 GMT

    Time is running out for Pakistan cricket. Dr. Ashraf should be instructed to return home and watch the match on TV. P. J. Mir and the injured Mushtaq should be replaced by Kamran Abbasi and Either by Wasim Akram or Jawaid Miandad. If Bob Woolmer was a coach in even a local college basket ball team and he predicted another team victory- he would be bundled out bedfore he could even pack his bags. He is predicting a SA win. Dr.Nasim Ashraf wants to keep him beyond June of 2007.

  • RAO ARSLAN on March 16, 2007, 5:47 GMT

    amazing article!!!indeed but jo marzi ker lo...but the pursuit of tentativeness of inzi can not b reduced...;) especially specific sentences... I MEAN...ALL BOYZ REALLY PLAY VERY WELL!!....;)lolz

  • Robert on March 16, 2007, 5:45 GMT

    Who the hell comes up with these things? By all means if a player's english is not good enough, or if they are not comfortable enough to converse in it, then by all means have a translator. No problems with that.

    But hey, if the people in power would prefer their players to spend twice as long in press conferences than on the training ground. Think the rest of the cricket playing world would say bring it on.

    And we all know the Pakistan side needs some fielding practice!

    What exactly is the priority?

  • safdar calgary on March 16, 2007, 5:41 GMT

    khudh ka khoof khoo pcb ko itna na sataoo bhoot majboor hay yee ghummu say choor hay yee inzamam hazar hay capteeny kee saza panaa koo koi zoor say short na maray meray boys ko

  • Aarish Riaz on March 16, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    WOWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've read tons of articles from U but this one is just simply amazing !!!! but I DONT AGREE WIth your last sentence ."...focusing on what really matters--like winning the World Cup." well winning the worldcup is far away... i think they should concentrate on losing the worldcup with respect ! right now... i cant see that !

  • Zeeshan Shukr on March 16, 2007, 5:37 GMT

    PCB, as always is at its best when it comes to 'making fun' of themselves and the players. This issue once again highlights the fact that unprofessional people like Dr. Nasim Ashraf are running PCB. The way PCB has handled the Doping Scandal earlier clearly reflects the limitations in their abilities. I agree to the points highlighted by you. They should avoid wasting their energies on such petty issues and concentrate on doing well in the World Cup.

  • Salman on March 16, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Kamram, you have raised some good point but bloggers like you have made this a big deal. To Roger, try planning a vacation in east LA. You will love the hospitality of people there.

  • Shahzad on March 16, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    Urdu has nothing to do with tourism. If you cannot convey your messege to foreigners then how come people would be motivated to visit your country. PCB forget about tourism, we have PTDC to take of it.

    For God sake, PCB forget whether players speak in English or Urdu. Pakistan cricket team is playing in world cup and concentrate on team work. Instead of motivating foreigners to visit Pakistan, first motivate players to perform in world cup. Again to remind you, Urdu has nothing to do with cricket.

  • Aasim from NY on March 16, 2007, 5:28 GMT

    I think Pakistani players should speak English at press conferences, or if they don't know English or can't speak it fluently, they should have translators, who can translate what the player is saying in English. Speaking fluent Urdu will not increase tourism to Pakistan. What can increase tourism to Pakistan is magazines,ads, and brochures that have pictures and articles of Pakistani attractions. Politics should be removed from the game of Cricket in Pakistan.

  • Gohar hasan on March 16, 2007, 5:27 GMT

    Ohh God!! What an Embarsment..?? Are these guys Nuts?? Yea promoting URDU language through Crickets is a good Idea as they are the true Embasador of Country but i can't get the Logic to initiate this process from the World Cup. The Right time to bring this thing in consideration is A HOME SERIES. We can start this process in our home first then will follow it with High Pace. Although its quite dificult for the players to go agianst the ODDS.

  • ali qazi on March 16, 2007, 5:25 GMT

    i think they should speak in punjabi rather than urdu.... it will boost thier confidence on and of the field... he he he he he.....

  • A.S.Adam on March 16, 2007, 5:22 GMT

    What sarcastic comments from some mad people. One can speak in his mother tongue anywhere in the world. Why English. Imperial age? Let's forget that English was/is the only civilised language. this was in the Empire age. That's long gone (with the wind) I hope.

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on March 16, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    This Ozair Anwar...I reckon he is a relative of musharraf's favorite "sifarshi tuttoo" pj mir or that good for nothing so-called pcb chief: nasim ashraf..regardless of his affiliation to these "bhangees", reading his post was reminiscent of a dr. sher afghan (NWFP) babbling away on a talk show !

  • Rahul on March 16, 2007, 5:15 GMT

    Mr Kamran, i dont think there is anything wrong in speaking in a language in which you are more comfortable.However using this as a Tourism promtion campaign is a HARD SELL. I agree with you that cricket should be left alone with the simple aim of winning and not promoting tourism.

    So for a great fan of pakistan cricket team i could not agree more with the unwanted Urdu language usage theory.

  • Apna Bala on March 16, 2007, 5:12 GMT

    Kamran, I would like to ask a big favor from you. If you are in Windies and you happen to see/meet Mr. Nasim Ashraf PLEASE ask him not to be present in the dressing room during the match time. There is already too much pressure on players, and his stupid presence in the dressing room makes it utter difficult for boys to go out and perform as they know that this stupid PCB chariman is watching their each and every move. Please convey this message as loud as possible.

    Mr. Nasim Ashraf get your butt face out of the way as our players can't see things better in your unwanted presence. Don't come out and stay in your hotel or get back home. Why did you come here at the first place?

  • nasr on March 16, 2007, 5:10 GMT

    Show some positivity dude.They have a ''children of a lesser god syndrome''. We shall rise soon.

    As far as the Irish are concerned,whens St. Patricks Day.Thats one thing they are famous for isnt it?

  • Shan on March 16, 2007, 5:09 GMT

    @Aamir: " accent is butt of jocks among friends"

    :)) And we all know how jockstraps expose their butts!!! Hahahaha

  • Munir on March 16, 2007, 5:07 GMT

    PCB and our team are full of controversies like this from past half a year. What they require to do is to take a long one year break after 1st round matches from Cricket, get their mind set, refuse to participate in any competition and series. This would definitely help them to reorganise and restructure the things in PCB and team and the cause of Pakistani nation who is fed up of watching every losing match by not even trying out in the middle.

    At the end I just want to pray for Pakistan to lose the remaining matches with Ireland and Zimbabwe because I don't wan't to disturbe my sleep in Super 8 by seeing Pakistan losing every match.

    So all of you pray for Pakistani team. PLEASE LOSE AGAINST MINNOWS. PLEASE, PLEASE AND PLEASE.

  • Dr.Qamar Saeed on March 16, 2007, 5:07 GMT

    Totally agreed as non issues are always main issues in pakistan especially cricket.If we need to promote tourism best way is to seriously focus ongame and win the world cup. as most peoples know the country in context with cricket.

  • Sheraz on March 16, 2007, 5:05 GMT

    We are pakistan and should not have to speak in English in order to feel superior and significant.

    Our own language should be our thought , and expressive medium.

    I could care less about English -

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blog) on March 16, 2007, 4:59 GMT

    Kamran....a big thank you for writing this. To me you are the defacto voice of Pakistani cricket fans

  • qaisar sheikh- pakistan on March 16, 2007, 4:58 GMT

    totally irrelevant rticle. sorry kamran, this is not relevant to this wonderful cricket plateform for those who are not actually players. ur article sound like some sort of politics. anyways my objection on this issue is that pcb should have made statment that players who dont want to speak english can speak in urdu, they should have not forced them to do so. and my opinion is, request ANDREW SYMONDS get fit and throw MR. NASEEM ASHRAF out of the windows and throw should end out of PARK.

  • Aisha on March 16, 2007, 4:54 GMT

    well at least the pcb knows how to distract us with pertinent non-issues, what with ireland telling us that we're out of the cup on saturday. way to go.


    honestly, what exactly is pcb's issue? who the hell are they to ban a sports team from speaking the language they wish to? whatever happened to the universal language that cricket speaks?

    and yea, the tourism might just have a few other problems to tackle before it can worry about aesthetics. im sure tourists prefer the cultural shock of listening to godforsaken urdu over getting bombed out of the world. love my country and all, but wake up guys, urdu isnt the damaging bit.

  • Mahmood Butt- Toronto on March 16, 2007, 4:51 GMT

    The only language Pakistani players should be proficient in is the language of Bat & Ball. I couldn't care less if they perfrom well in their press conferences or in their confrontation with Darel Heir in communicating their bias. They should not forget that they are a cricket team, not a debating team, and they should be bent on speaking the language which will win the heart and minds of Pakistani that are watching and supporting their team from all over the world.

    Once they do well in the field, I won't give a dayum in what language they want to talk to me or the public.

    Come on Shero !

  • SYED MUHAMMAD ALI on March 16, 2007, 4:47 GMT

    I think idea is right that "Bakwas is bakwas in Urdu or English" but it is not necessary for every one to speak english.Pakistan Cricket Board should allow answering the questions and interviews in Urdu As Well As English. but I think the column is only the insult of Pakistan players.

  • Mahmood Syed on March 16, 2007, 4:46 GMT

    A ban on English to promote tourism? It truly defies logic! Wouldnt it have been simpler and wiser to just say that players who prefer to speak urdu would be provided with an interpreter? There is no problem with speaking your own tongue, but why assign weird reasons for it? The idea that tourists would flock to a country where English is discouraged is stupid in the extreme!

    Mahmood Syed Bangladesh

  • Sanjay Sunder on March 16, 2007, 4:46 GMT

    Kamran - You rock ! Dead straight on target. Fodder for humor and entertainment.

  • Sagar on March 16, 2007, 4:45 GMT

    I absolutely agree with you Kamran on this occasion. My ultimate optimist dig at you notwithstanding you have hit the nail on the head this time around. Besides the problem of explaining cricketing shots in Urdu and having PJ Mir as interpreter I think this undermines Pakistani cricketers. It implies Pakistanis cannot converse in English which is not true. Wasim Akram , Waqar Younis, Imran and Shoaib Akhtar come to mind. Their English is much more than passable. I agree that Inzi is sometimes restricted by his vocabulary but that does not necessarily mean the other guys are the same. Some things might be lost in translation and this comes at a time when ICC is trying to globalise the game, people are just beginning to form an opinion about their new heroes. I would rather hear Younis or Inzi talk some nonsense than wait for PJ Mir to drop some pearls.

  • spin gul on March 16, 2007, 4:40 GMT

    my my my... cant agree with u morr my friend.. i mean tourism by speaking urdu hahahahahahah

  • Gh0st on March 16, 2007, 4:36 GMT

    PCB "wana see ppl laugh" plz dont laugh so much bcoz more things have to come to laugh at. lolz

  • Aqil Sidddiqi on March 16, 2007, 4:35 GMT

    I couldn't agree with you more Kamran.The way we have prepaired for this world cup, nothing will surprise me.When Inzi was chosen to lead us to the promised land, I knew, no way in the hell, we have any chance of winning anything, not alone "World Cup".When a person, who has destroyed all the norms of justice and fairness(Musharaf), is fully responsible for our cricket affairs, what do you think will happen to our beloved game???I won't be surprised, if we even won't make the Super Eight.

  • Rehan Qureshi on March 16, 2007, 4:34 GMT

    Now thats the kind of writing we all love :) (It also goes with the current mood of the pakistani people ... attack the higher ups). Nasim Ashraf has brought nothing to pakistan cricket than confusion. One day mushy is not needed next day he is suitable for coaching fast bowlers as well. Younis khan is captain ... no he is not ... yes he is. Asif and shoaib are going to WI ... no they are going to England then WI ... no they are goin to Pakistan. And now the language issue. There are soooo many things going on off the field that even I as a spectator can not concentrate on whats going on the field, I wonder what it would be like for the players.

  • BobbyWoolmer on March 16, 2007, 4:32 GMT

    Read and weep...from

    PCB chief’s presence in dressing room irks players

    By Our Correspondent

    KINGSTON, March 15: Pakistan’s impressive victory against the formidable South Africans in Cup warm-up game last week which raised the hopes of a revival of sorts in team camp, have been thwarted by the ungainly presence of PCB chief Nasim Ashraf here.

    According to sources close to the team in Jamaica, things had begun to gradually fall in place last week with skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Woolmer both looking confident about their team’s chances in the mega event.

    Even on the day of the opening ceremony, things looked quite hunky dory and the players appeared composed and quietly confident of staging a comeback after a largely forgettable South African safari.

    But with the unforeseen arrival of the over enthusiastic board chairman at the Montego Bay bash, Pakistan has clearly lost track. The pressure is suddenly telling on the players since Dr Ashraf insists on storming the team's dressing room besides forcing his way into the the team meetings.

    The worst hit by this changing scenario is none other than captain Inzamam who has not had things going to plan because of uncalled for interference of the PCB chief who has a knack of throwing ‘overbearing’ suggestions at wrong times.

    Pakistan seemed to have some sane planning when they successfully chased the 200-run target against South Africa in the warm-up match last week. From 31 in 17 overs, with just one wicket down, Pakistan managed to beat the Proteas by seven wickets. But all that planning seems to be going haywire now and there is clearly some panic setting in among the team players and the team management.

    Al this has made the rather innocuous game against Ireland seeming like a challenge with thoughts of asking Kamran Akmal opening the innings instead of Imran Nazir and dropping Younis Khan down the order coming from the big chief himself.

    On March 12, Pakistan team was made a laughing stock in the world media after they announced that all the players will address the press conferences in Urdu and not in English. It was like a step backward as not only Inzamam but some of the other players also expressed their reservations at media manager P.J.Mir’s absurd announcement. On Tuesday when the ICC came down hard on him, Mir realized the severity of the matter and started saying that he was misquoted.

    The real story was that the ICC had in principle agreed with the Pakistan Cricket Board that all the post match celebrations held at the ground will be in English as it is broadcast around the globe and anything in the media center will be in Urdu.

    While other teams are allowing two to three players to the media every day, to give them the best of exposures in terms of speaking and get some exposure, Pakistan has placed an unnecessary restriction on their players.

    Amid all this chaos, the last thing Pakistan can afford is to lose to minnows Ireland in this World Cup but with Dr Ashraf shooting from his mouth, just anything can happen.

  • Taha Noor on March 16, 2007, 4:30 GMT

    Fantastic article !! You could not have addressed the ludicrous decision taken by the PCB Chairman in a more appropriate manner. All I can say is Dr. Nasim Ashraf is a seriously confused man who needs to work out exactly what the job description of a PCB chief is. His job entails administrative duties and not promotion of tourism in Pakistan !!!!

    Next thing you know, we shall have Shahid Afridi addressing the press conferences in Pushto to improve the image of the NWFP province and promote goodwil !! Or why not allow everyone to speak in their language of choice and carry a team of interpreters with us around on tours !! Maybve that's one way our PCB adnministrators can find additional job descriptions as an excuse for travelling around with the team !!

    Naseem Ashraf !! You have ruined Pakistan cricket !! Alas, but its too late now ! Got to wait 4 more years for sucess !!!

  • reginald andrews on March 16, 2007, 4:30 GMT

    Well the truth is out. Why do you think the Pakistani players were asked to speak in Urdu and not in English?? Because it will be known how good the Pakistani cricketers communicate in English. It would have caused tremendous embarrassment. Why even when they were interviewed in India they were asked questions only in Hindi/Urdu. Even Rameez prefers to put questions to Inzamam in Urdu. Another thing is that the tie means Pakistan to qualify to the next stage has to win both the games or else ???????

  • Azam Farooqui on March 16, 2007, 4:27 GMT

    This latest series of controversies seem to be taking focus away from the issue, finding a combination that does well in the world cup. Dr. Ashraf seems to poke his nose into every possible scenario, according to dawn and the news, more than inspiration, he has been a source of panic and frustration for the team. There is absolutely no reason for the chairman to mingle with the team and be involved in team meetings and things like that. As far as the lang. issue/non-issue is concerned, even suggesting that players only speak urdu and is one of the most absurd things i've heard in a long time, let the player decide what he feels comfortable in. Inzy may struggle with english, but he certainly gets the message across, which is what counts in the end.

  • Aditya on March 16, 2007, 4:25 GMT

    First of all, Roger "Bond", the Taliban don't speak Urdu, they speak Pashto. Although I think the whole idea is silly...and why are Pakistan worried about what language they're speaking? The language of cricket is universal, and Pakistan should maybe communicate better among themselves, they can sometimes look uninspired as a team.

  • Waqas Raza on March 16, 2007, 4:22 GMT

    Well Kamran I like your articles, but this one is horrible. Crickters are supposed to play,not to master english or some other language. And many famous players of different sporst speak there native language. So whats wrong if pakistani players speak in Urdu. I guess you should focus on their game rather than language. I agree with you that promoting Tourism in pakistan has nothing to do with Urdu.

  • greg on March 16, 2007, 4:12 GMT

    ha hahahahahahaha. what a pity. Best was the reason given by PCB was an excellent excuse. Pakistan being a house for terriost only insane person will go for tourism.

  • wasim saqib on March 16, 2007, 4:10 GMT

    Roger Bond: I dont know what kind of road kill you eat before you write on this Blog, but dude everybody know you are a lowly racist completely representaive of your country and culture, This is a civilized forum for cricket lovers.This forum does not need your Idiotic comments.

  • Fazal on March 16, 2007, 4:10 GMT

    Good post Kamran.

    I dont understand why the insistence on Urdu technically the PCB should have forced the team to speak in Punjabi, since that is a bit more shall we say native to the players,,, smile.

  • Shah Javeed, Rayong, Thailand. on March 16, 2007, 4:04 GMT

    Speak whatever language you want to but please get us the "World Cup", that is more important than the language you speak ??? These non related issues will add nothing at this crucial juncture when the team needs to be fully focused on their major task !! When you win the World Cup that will automatically bring the tourism to your country not the language you speak. So lets bring the real tourisum to our country by winning the "World Cup" ??? Looks like in this situation this is the only way to explain & motivate....

  • adeel on March 16, 2007, 4:04 GMT

    PCB is typical of a desi mentality, this is holding our country back, and it obviously isnt doing wonders for the cricket team!! When will these fools realize that??

  • fahad on March 16, 2007, 3:59 GMT

    i can speak in english i guess/ bismmilah ir rehman ir rahim\ first thank to allah nahi ye k... this boy is kamran is good boy. inshallah he did post more article and I not is speak in urdu. I is can is speak english very good. thank to allah for me is speak english very well. the whole team is good boy

  • Sizzling Chap on March 16, 2007, 3:47 GMT

    Well, we all know that this is a big excuse PCB has gifted to Pakistani Players as they are, Masha Allah, very good when it comes to speaking in ENGLISH. Someone should show this article to General Perwez Musharraf, as I remember him saying that Pakistanis speak very good english.

  • Rashid Khan on March 16, 2007, 3:46 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi ICC is drug testing two top bowlers of Pakistan and are calling it random selection. It is of course fine to test players or even target the players for testing but then they should not call it random selection. I find it difficult to comprehend that the top two fast bowlers of pakistan team were randomly selected for drug tests. It is too much of a coincidence to believe it. Regards, Rashid Khan New York

  • rehan traiq on March 16, 2007, 3:46 GMT

    pakistan is a good team.but at the moment thay are not playing well.thay will come back soon in thay are game.thay need 1 good match and thay will be back.that what i beleive.anyway i love pakistan how ever thay play.good or bad. i love tham.

  • DK, Sydney, Australia on March 16, 2007, 3:45 GMT

    PCB made people laugh on them selves

  • Aman Khan from U.S.A on March 16, 2007, 3:44 GMT

    Kamran, I have no idea where you got this info that PCB is requiring its players to speak in Urdu to promote tourism in Pakistan. I thought it was for the benefit of our players who can't speak proper English to convey more easily in Urdu without screwing up the answer. ICC just announced that players can speak in English on the playing field and can speak in Urdu outside of the playing field, such as in conferences. So its not a big deal as you have sounded with your bakwas!

  • Nauman on March 16, 2007, 3:41 GMT

    This is PCB's attempt to shift focus off the real issues in hand. So far we had confusions over how to bat, how to bowl & how to the issue is how to talk, soon will we be debating over merits of wearing shalwar kameez & slippers on the field, then will come the debate of captain facing Qibla while the coin is flipped during toss, I wonder why are they not working on coercing Danish Kaneria to convert to Islam as well. Its a shame I have to mock upon my dear culture and religion, but I dont see slightest of reason to praise our cricket. How very ridiculous it is when PCB thinks that speaking Urdu would encourage tourism. How in the world would someone who doesn't know the language feel welcome to visit a country who's sportsman (who are like ambassadors), at such a global event would speak in the language that only the 15 blessed Pakistani players can comprehend. Anyways, I think this was a successful attempt to shift media's concentration away from Pakistan's dismal performance. I would strongly recommend players like Rana, Hafeez, Sami & Imran Nazir to soon start thinking about getting a full-time job with department of tourism, there they won't have to compete with their more professional Australian & South African counterparts. Last but not the least, a player like Inzamam who's stardome started from World Cup 92, would eclipse in utter darkness in World Cup 07.

  • Jawaad on March 16, 2007, 3:41 GMT

    Again Pakistan cricket and as a whole Pakistan Nation has been made laughing stock. From Oval to Shoab Asif saga really nation has been let down by the PCB managemant. Before getting the cricket on track we have to put the Mangement on track.

  • Moez Juma on March 16, 2007, 3:28 GMT

    I am shocked that Pakistan coach says that South Africa team can win the WCC2007. He should be fired. How demolorizing for the fans and players.

  • shahzad sultan on March 16, 2007, 3:28 GMT

    Excuse me Mr. Kamran have u gone mad? I mean common u guys it’s really an embarrassing for the whole nation pls grow up now. aaaaaaaaah! Oh God Pls helps Pakistan. If some of our players cant speaks Eng it doesn’t mean that you start promoting tourism in this way its hilarious damn you man….

  • nasir arafat on March 16, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    Assalamoalaikum kamran, I have just seen five pakistani cricketers who could speak english well and those were Imran khan, wasim akram ,waqar younis,ramiz raja and saeed anwar, and their era has gone.I think pakistani cricketers learn cricket entering the national team and they could also take english classes because they are the representatives of pakistan and also they shouldn't see it as a language of FARANGIS but there are some positive ways to use this lanuage as well. As far as Dr naseem asraf's theory of urdu as a promoter of pakistan's tourism is concerned, this comes from no where. First he should understand cricket and leave tourism for tourism experts."" Don't ruin pakistan cricket Doctor""

  • Saad on March 16, 2007, 3:21 GMT

    What Pakistan team management decided is right. Why should we only have english as the language. There are far more people who understand urdu than english in pakistan (& other sub-continent countries). The players have to reach there fans rather than impressing there western friends.

    by the way Roger bond comments are racists and insulting. does he mean, one having beard represents taliban?? wakeup man, improve your knowledge before commenting.

    English is only a language, don't give more importance than it deserves.

    what if few handfull western journalist don't understand urdu? its there problem, they either have to learn it or leave with it? What about so many die-hard fans of subcontinent who can't understand english?

  • Shanvi on March 16, 2007, 3:14 GMT

    Well kamran, PCB is becoming jokers paradise, you wouldnt wonder if PCB orders Rameez, Amir, Imran, and so many pakistani commentators to switch on to urdu from english, that will attract tourism. PCB is Cricket Board not the tourism Board, beg them to look at improving the pakistan standard of play and become more competative rather than concentrating on the tourism, Inshah alaah World cup is in hands of pakistan.

  • Zain Qureshi on March 16, 2007, 3:13 GMT

    MR. Abbasi sir I have great regard for you and think your doing a fantastic job with this blog of your. I must admit in not a big one for commenting on blogs but this last piece of yours ahs compelled me into lending support to your cause. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with all the points u have raised. This speak Urdu campaign is absurd and the PCB need not worry about tourism in Pakistan they should stick to there job and let the PTDC take care of the tourism. As for Dr. Ashraf well frankly I have no idea what he’s doing there in the first place. It’s pretty apparent he knows as much about cricket as a ordinary man on the street (it’s a different matter every Pakistani thinks he knows his cricket even thought they have no clue), anyway coming back to the topic at hand. I think the Pakistanis need to concentrate on there cricket. As for PJ Mir and the rest of the red tape in the PCB it’s not required. All it does is add to the expenditure and what’s worse the politics’ in the board. I say pull up your socks and get to the job at hand. It is absolutely disgraceful how much controversy our board has been involved in over the recent past and most of it has been self inflicted. Starting from the Oval test to the Waqar Younis issue then the doping and now this.

  • Sajjad on March 16, 2007, 3:13 GMT

    I think players should be allowed to speak in any language they are comfortable with, even if it's not english. The linking of speaking Urdu to promoting tourism is hillarious though. No short of geniuses at the PCB!

  • Euceph Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 3:12 GMT

    In my worthless opinion the language of choice should really have been Punjabi rather than Urdu. The Q & A would really have been so much more fun.

  • Asif on March 16, 2007, 3:07 GMT

    I don't know where this whole tourism thing came from. Actually I have been saying for some time now that the Pakistan team should speak in Urdu only.

    The reason is simple. They do not speak English well, and therefore they are often unable to express themselves clearly. They sometimes come across as naive or even rude.

    There is absolutely no shame in not being able to speak English. I hope one day we overcome our colonial hangover. I have to say though that promoting tourism is a rather silly reason to speak Urdu.

  • Khurram Sheikh on March 16, 2007, 3:07 GMT

    you may deny the comments cause it comming out too nice but the point is that naseem asharaf and the fools making a damn fools out of us. Pakistanis speak english and they speak better eng than 1/2 of the eng speaking people cause i have lived in USA for the last 22 years of my 31 yrs of my life. so tell naseem or whoever that is to teach his american kids to speak and undersatand Iqbal's poetry before he goes to Danish or any one else to talk in Hinggggglish. Let him talk to the me and I will teach him some ENGLISH words from the streets. STUPID is he or shall i call him even a ....................

  • Mayurdeep Baruah on March 16, 2007, 3:04 GMT

    Its at a time like this, that Pakistanis need to stand up and deliver. They have a strong past of coming back from nowhere. That is the way they have played in the past and I am expecting them to come back hard.

    Being a true Indian Cricket Fan, I extend my support and suggest the Pakistani team to regroup and focus on things with need immediate attention rather than paying any heed to what language they speak on or off the field. I have fond memories of Waqar and Wasim doing the "Howwwwwwwwzat ?" Which is pretty much the cricket language they need to know

  • Goal Mall on March 16, 2007, 3:02 GMT

    We can't play Cricket well. Let's try speaking Urdu. May be, people of the world will like to visit our country to listen to our Urdu. Which province will they go? The Urdu province - oops! that is a geographic question, we are cricketers not Geography experts!

  • Nasser on March 16, 2007, 2:55 GMT

    This current board is stunningly incompetent. Just when you thought they were out of the picture for a few weeks, they came up with this stupid regulation. Players should be allowed to speak to the press in a language of their choice - period. However, the PCB has once again created an issue out of this which has got to be distracting the team. Our board is completely unprofessional. How many other cricket boards have been in the news lately? This board has to go after the World Cup. We need to overhaul the team, the selection committee, the coaching staff and the ad hoc committee. And we need professionals both in the team and the board. Our current team and board do deserve each other.

    The really tragedy is that the Pakistani fans will have to wait at least 4 more years to see a more competitive team. Our current team may make it to the second round but is clearly not in the right frame of mind to be competitive in this tournament.

  • Go Blue!, Dallas, tx on March 16, 2007, 2:54 GMT

    its funny than Asian countries can bicker about stuff like these which appear very "non-inclusive" and then go complain about racism with the rest of the world.. come on guys work on your self esteem!! Only tourism the bear clad pak cricketers can promote is to a bunch of pilgrims.. you need to accept to be accepted

  • irfan safdar shah ,CT USA on March 16, 2007, 2:52 GMT

    Im telling you Pervaiz Musharraf is the root of all problems. Dr Nasim Ashraf is his chamcha. Why cant we have a board like other countries? why does the chairman of the PCB has to be a political figure? why are ther no elections for the post? why has it to be picked by a dictator? The whole system is screwed up and no doubt who is responsible for it, yes Musharraf

  • Muhammad Zubair on March 16, 2007, 2:50 GMT

    I don't know what is the exact problem with PCB and team officials that why they do not come with real reasons and why they put forward wrong reasons for public. It is evident from the english speaking abilty of Inzy that he can't feel comfortable with it and that's why he's speaking in urdu than from where promoting tourism comes in the scene. Another wrong reason was put forward by Bob Woolmer in his recent article that 13 was unlucky...i mean Bob can come with far better reasons to explain defeat.Same is the case with the reason for the removal of Shoiab and Asif. I don't think that anybody body doubt that they withdraw becasue of drug issue and fitness was only a wrong plea by PCB.

  • Noman khan Neazi on March 16, 2007, 2:47 GMT

    Hi,as far as my opinion is concern the best solution for all these arguments to learn English and establish Pakistan reputation in front of the world not to say them in-directly that we are un-educated nation or what? Please do not let our nation down with this kind of stupid ideas.....Thanks

  • Waqas Ahmad on March 16, 2007, 2:42 GMT

    This is absolutely disgusting. Mr. KAMRAN, listen and listen carefully: your following comment "the sight of bearded men" is absolutely unnecessary. You make it sound as if something is wrong with bearded men. Obviously you are referring to Inzi and Yousuf. As far as I know they are not only part of elite players in this cricket but as well some of the most respected players from Pakistan and from around the world of cricket. So all this controversy about racism and all: its people like you FROM PAKISTAN who make comments like which allows others to open their moment.

    I always enjoyed your "pak spin" on cricinfo but after this I wont waste my reading what you have to say. This is more like "hatred spin"

  • Don Joshua on March 16, 2007, 2:39 GMT

    Cheers Mr. Abbasi. Only you could be so perceptive to point out PCB's amazing ability to provide a "solution to a problem that really did'nt exist" Well put. This could only happen in Pakistan.

  • Lesley C on March 16, 2007, 2:36 GMT

    As an Australian I feel you should have the right to speak in any language you wish. I really do not think that speaking your native tongue is being negative.

  • Azim Quadir on March 16, 2007, 2:33 GMT

    By trying to promote Urdu on Ad Hoc basis Nasim Ashraf & Co are trying to under carpet their own cricketing blunders such as not being able to find reliable openers, what to do with nandrolone ETC. There is an old saying i.e. jub kawa hunns ke chaal chulta hay to upnee chaal bhool jata hay. Can someone tell Nasim Ashraf please don't do kayan kayan; hunns in the west don’t like it either.

  • Ghammas on March 16, 2007, 2:31 GMT

    I think the most important thing is your performance not the language you speak so if Pakistan team plays well then that can also be a boost for the tourism but if your performance is not upto the mark then speaking URDU can't help you out. But I must add speaking Urdu is not as bad as Kamran thinks so.

  • Sam on March 16, 2007, 2:24 GMT

    Excellent comment.

    I am an Indian and proudly follow the Indian team. But I always watch Pakistan play as well, not just only against India.

    Everyone in the world knows PCB's histrionics. It was a shame that Shoiab and Asif couldn't play. I do not know whether any drugs were still present in their system or not, but the love and respect they had from admirers is specially done n dusted.

    The only player who stands out is Shoaib Malik. He is absolutely awesome and my favorite Pakistani player for the last 3-4 years.

    All the best to you guys. May the best team win.

  • Nadeem Shahzad on March 16, 2007, 2:22 GMT

    I dont agree with you on this regards, simply becuase you are looking at it in two terms , from a pur cricketing term this should have nothing to do with how and what language the playres speak or if they have beards or not. Nick heidfield is the german formula 1 super star, he does have a beard as well. Half of the italian world cup winning team spoke in italian at their press conferences. English is not pakistan's first language and there is nothing wrong with your players speaking it at an international event, its not embarrassing, if thats what it is for the nation then you should not conisder yourselves pakistanis at all. World cup is an event where you represent pakistan, lets stop connecting everything to a spineless board's doing.

  • bryan on March 16, 2007, 2:08 GMT

    Kamran, I am of Indian origin and follow Indian cricket team. But i also follow Pakistan cricket team. I am so glad that you have the guts to stand up against this nonsense. I wish the people of pakistan would unite togather and remove these uneducated fools who use politics to ruin cricket in Pakistan. I agree, decree's like these show pakistan in poor light throughout the cricketing world. In any case we asians are looked down upon and treated shabbily by the foreign ICC officials and non-asian teams. We have to make sure that we make all the right choices and show these Whitey's that we are intelligent people along with being immensely talented.

    Another subject that i would like to address is the captaincy of Pakistan Team. I understand that being a non pakistani, my remarks would be severely criticized. But for all it is worth here it is. I believe that Inzimam is your best batsmen followed by Yousuf and Younis. But also believe that he is not your best choice for captain. Accept it or deal with it. In Younis you have a wonderful leader, and I mean it. He motivates the team by encouraging all player and uses his verbal communication skills at all times. In turn Inzimam does not possess those skills. At least that is my observation. Inzi should be in the team as a pure batsmen, but does not deserve the captaincy. Good luck Kamran and all the people of Pakistan for a good show at the World Cup.

    with utmost respect bryan

  • julian highfield on March 16, 2007, 2:07 GMT

    All I will say is " The BCCP adimistrators or whoever thought up this idea is a $*@#*@ Idiot " The ICC WOrld Cup is being beamed to millions if not billions of viewers across the world ( and not only to Pakistan ) English is the only International language understood - Urdu is NOT

  • Sameer Shahid Manzar on March 16, 2007, 2:06 GMT

    With the World Cup goin' on, there's so much to talk about it... And you take out time to write about the use of Urdu language in press-conferences?

  • Jay on March 16, 2007, 2:03 GMT

    Very Good Article !!! Very well written. As suggested its not a biased article towards harming PCB, but just informing them the reality. Really, who in the world thinks by speaking mother tongue more visitor will come. Also, there is nothing wrong in speaking whichever language you are comfortable with. But the mere fact that someone orders to speak in a particular language is dictatorship and nothing else. Anyways, I would rather want my team to concentrate on Cricket and not anything else surrounding it. Pakistan has a bigger task in their hand. Good job for atleast informing the world that not all live in pakistan are dictators...hahahaha

  • Owais on March 16, 2007, 2:02 GMT

    So now talking in urdu in front of the media is embarrising? Players are there to play good cricket and represent their country, not to learn or teach english!

  • jumroo on March 16, 2007, 2:02 GMT

    All this is fun.... Anyway, Pakistan 4 points, West Indies - 6 Ireland 1 and Zimbabwe - 1 thats how it is going to end. All you can do is have fun with all this stuff now....

  • solaar on March 16, 2007, 2:00 GMT

    im a die hard pak fan, and i was completeley rooting for ireland today, against ZIM. They've got fire, and will have a very jolly, drunk, loud crowd to support them. Keep in mind its ST PATRICKS DAY (big holiday for the Irish) on saturday. I do hope Pak bat's first so they can be free, and just post a killer score. If they try the 1st game strategy, it wont be a fun match, and very stressful. Imran nazir needs to be how Bray was today, and he is the only one who should have reckless license, everyone else needs to play smart. It would be heartbreaking to see Pak lose because the Irish are all charged up, with little talent, and end up winning. GO DARK GREEN!!!

  • aamirakhund on March 16, 2007, 1:59 GMT

    i used to like PJ Mir. i thought he was an intelligent person. i guess was not only wrong about the team but also the intellectuals running around it.

  • Ali Hasan - Boston, MA on March 16, 2007, 1:58 GMT

    You've hit the nail on the head Dr. Sahab. I hope all you guys are as tired of Nasim's gymnastics as I am. This guy doesn't seem to make any sense what so ever. I don't even know how he's the head of our cricket board when he has no credentials what so ever. These generals are going a long way in imposing their illogical ideologies upon us. I don't know how getting your beloved relatives like PJ Mir and Ashraf in top posts will help any of our causes , from tourism to cricket. Is this also a part of our enlightened moderation?

  • Babar Shameem on March 16, 2007, 1:57 GMT

    Knowing Dr. Ashraf as a neighbor in Silver Spring (just outside DC) prior to his joining forces with the Aziz/Musharaff regime, I would have been astonished to know that there was a likelihood that he would be PCB head. What qualifications? Ability to conduct dope testing? Close proximity to the Patron of the PCB, our little general? Expertise from nowhere that qualified him to be heading HR development in Pakistan? For Allah's sake, even his newly grown beard doesn't qualify him! Bring on a professional. That's what we need: Professionals to run cricket and the country, not pretenders and panderers.

    - Babar

  • Naunidh on March 16, 2007, 1:56 GMT

    How the hell does a language spoken at a press conference, which includes audience only from 16 countries can be counted as encouraging tourism.. This is the most insane thing ever to come out of PCB/s mouth ..... Its a sad thing that such a talented side is backed with ignorant monkeys.... no offence to the monkeys....

  • Rocky on March 16, 2007, 1:56 GMT

    Pakistan is worldwide famous as a tourist (terrorist) atttraction since 9/11. All tourist/suicide bombers, aspiring tourist do visit pakistan as it is GHQ. I don't understand, Kamran why u making all these fuss about. By the way, how many Pak cricketers can speak english?? Look at Inzamam,Yousuf,Malik nahh it's better they speak in urdu, hopefully, they'll make some sense while speaking. Finally you guys should force Woolmer to speak in Urdu, the problem is he is planning in urdu and Inzy( & the team) are executing it in urdu, that's where the problem is....

  • Imran on March 16, 2007, 1:51 GMT


    Normally, I tend to agree with much of what you say. But on this occasion, I must agree to disagree.

    I don't see this as a "controversy" or "bakwas". Oftentimes, Pakistani cricketers do not come across all that in interviews - just managing bumbling and inarticulate answers to most questions.

    Thats not a reflection on them personally - they're just not able to express themselves in English. So what. Let them express themselves in Urdu, and have the translator do the necessary.

    This happens all the time in other sports without anyone batting an eyelid - why should you be so upset about it here? Take football for instance. Non-English-speaking players who play IN England, respond to interviews in their native tongues all the time - noone seems to mind.

    Why are you so upset that Pakistani's are communicating in Urdu?

    PS: granted, the "promoting tourism" angle is a little far-fetched. So what. Ignore it.

  • anser azim on March 16, 2007, 1:51 GMT

    I do not think that there is something wrong in giving press conferences in the language that the nation speaks and so do the team. The dominance of English language is obvious in the twenty first century at the cost of many languages that have evolved in the subcontinent since ages but are gradually vanishing in the era of TV,radio and now internet. This is happening around the globe. And sooner or later we will see languages of the subcontinent spoken in "language Zoos" where Sindhi,Urdu, Punjabi,Hindi,Malyali, Telugu, Bengali, Kashmiri etc speaking rare individulas will be preserved. People, please rise up and discover Iqbal's Khudi in ourselves. In my opinion every language and their dialect should be given the due respect and there is no harm in communicating in ones mother tongue. I think the nation should be also proud of its national language.

    Anser Azim, Chicago

  • Amin Daftare on March 16, 2007, 1:46 GMT

    I think Kamran writes very well and this was the great article by him.PCB has always created more problems than solved it,but the use of URDU is the topper and hilarious.I have my own doubt how many of our pakistani players can speak proper Urdu!! We are going to miss all fun listneing to Inzamam speaking in English with deadpan face and in monotone.I simply love Inzamam when he speaks at press conferences,he adds colour to the cricket.

  • Tehseen Wahab on March 16, 2007, 1:43 GMT


    I think your critical thoughts and opinion about the pakistan team speaking in urdu shows why journalists should be more educated & conduct in-depth research on specific issues before they speak their mind on a public forum.

    Firstly, the only reason why the pakistani team are being influenced to speak in urdu, is because many pakistani either with excellent english or broken english, struggle to send their message accross, their emotion accross, and as you should know Mr. abassi many media outlet's pounce on these opportunities, and pakistani's are gaining negative feedback from not only cricket, but from reperesentative of the countries whom struggle to present to their real views/values/intent in english.

    As for the comments relating to crickets facing up to interviews with beards. I'm not sure what indirect message you are trying to portary, but i am a proud muslim, and cricketers showing their faith at anytime is their right (especially when all muslims realise it is compulsory to have beards).

  • Imran Iqbal on March 16, 2007, 1:41 GMT

    In uncertain Pakistani cricket one thing is certain, that is " PCB is full of shit". They decide everything all of the sudden and just implement it. If idea really was to promote tourism then they should have started their campaign at least right after South African series.... PCB screwed Pakistani image by scandals like Oval fiasco and dope testing and now think they can improve Pakistani image by use of Urdu which is going to provide more laugh stock to world. By the way how many cricketers can express themselves well even in Urdu???

  • Eric M on March 16, 2007, 1:37 GMT

    Kamran, I am glad you wrote about this. Since I read this article, I was bothered that Pakistan adminstration took such a step. You are right on when you say that bearded men speaking in Urdu will not promote Pakistan positively. It is pathetic that the administration is trying to gain attention in ways it does not need to. They should focus on playing cricket and give players a peaceful, stressfree environment.

  • kay on March 16, 2007, 1:36 GMT

    Hay Kamran first of all there should not be any problem to any one if we speak.Gora person cant speak a single word of Urdu but our player speak loads of english word.There is no shame if you have some problem then go to doctor and ask him you are a confused person.

  • Ravi on March 16, 2007, 1:30 GMT

    I don't remember where I read this but I hear that after the gas leak which brought the Pakistani players out, some newspaper reported Danish Kaneria as saying "this always happens in our country" in English, even though he didn't actually mean to say the last three words...I'm not sure about the veracity of this though...

  • AJ on March 16, 2007, 1:29 GMT

    Kamran, First decent post from you in a long time. Your common sense is still functioning...although I can't say the same about cricketing sense...especially from your last few blogs.

  • SimonC on March 16, 2007, 1:28 GMT

    Well, given that the PCB sees fit to exculpate drugs cheats on the grounds that they are too thick to understand what a steroid is, it seems only consistent that they should consider the whole team too thick to answer questions in the international language of cricket. Heaven forfend they might actually a) hold players accountable for their actions, and b) give them the credit for knowing what they say. My goodness, what a concept!

    Note for anyone planning to have a go at me: I do not think the Pakistan players are thick. Only the PCB.

  • Masaood Yunus on March 16, 2007, 1:28 GMT

    Great point Kamran.

    I am scratching my head thinking ... after 60 years of independence all of a sudden someone decided, a day before the first game to BAN english and promote urdu because its our tourism promotion year !

    Good timing for the announcement.

    Pakistani players problem with speaking english isn't new and I have always wondered why PCB never spent any money on a few english classes for our players when thousands are spent on sending people back and forth for only medical treatment overseas ? This would indeed be a very productive investment .. anyone listening ? It is not rocket science to realise that almost all the press conferences, post match, pre match comments etc are very similar in content .. why can't PCB at least train the players on a script when all comments are usually similar ?

    Dr. Nasim Ashraf, the way he is handling the HR department of PCB including the players .. the road ahead for Pakistan Human Development is REALLY dim !

  • Rashid on March 16, 2007, 1:27 GMT

    In the past 9 months PCB has put itself through one scandal after another. And because of that they have become a joke for the rest of world. Like many Pakistani organizations, this organization is also run by bunch of incompetent people. I think many Pakistanis are sick and tired of such incomptent people. As always Kamran's article is to the point.

  • Harris on March 16, 2007, 1:26 GMT

    Great article. If PCB is trying to use the team as promoters of tourism then they need to use "models" who don't look like someone straight out of "Best of Taliban" annual calendar. The message any foreigner may get is that Pakistanis are so backwards that they have not yet discovered a marvelous invention called a razor blade.

  • Kamer Jameel on March 16, 2007, 1:26 GMT


    I dont know why you are making such a big deal out of this Kamran bhai. The reason we were told they're speaking Urdu is because they were often misinterpreted by foreign press, as you have the fire incident when Kaneria said "it happens", but the reporters thought he said "it happens all the time back home". Therefore I understand that, because not many of the players speak fluent english, both the captain and vice captain have trouble expressing themselves in post match interviews at times. So as I see it, it was just a move from the PCB's side to ease the pressure off some of the less educated players so they have one less thing to worry about, since the world cup is such a big event.

  • Ricky on March 16, 2007, 1:25 GMT

    What a stupidity, even though English of Pakistani players is not something to rave about (except for some players who have played in county cricket) but this is the worst way to promote tourism. I think this will put-off tourists because image of Pakistan is no better than Iraq since the war began, in the Western media.

  • Afzal on March 16, 2007, 1:22 GMT

    Its not cricket or tourism , its just TALIBANISATION OF Cricket and Pakistani cricketers are overwhelmingly becoming or made cricket terrorists.

  • Farhan Khan from Houston, USA on March 16, 2007, 1:14 GMT

    Dear Kamran: I like your blog but sometimes you go a little off guard. This is supposed to be a Pakistan's blog. This blog is visited by several foreign visitors and I don't appreciate the fact that my dear homeland is humiliated in any way. If you have to say something to the board write an article in the daily Newspapers of Pakistan or write the board directly and point out their mistakes. If you discuss any of your 'personal judgements' that are not so in favor of a real Pakistan's image, in your blog then how can I blame a few of the foreigners around the world who read and comment in your bog? Did you notice what your statements about the "bearded players talking in some Eastern tongue" prompted Mr.Pathetic Roger Bond to further worsen the image of Pakistan by Pathetically commenting.." Urdu speaking and bearded ( close resemblance to Taliban) ambassadors of tourism for Pakistan. Impressed by these ambassadors, all Western nation tourists would love to go to Pakistan as tourists especially British,Americans and Australians would love the idea of a vacation in Pakistan especially in Wazirastan,NWFP,Karachi etc etc.It would surely be a pleasure to visit such peaceful areas with so many friendly gun-toting welcoming courteous hosts".... These stupid ignorants don't know Pakistan has taken a load of burden and paying the price in terms of internal disturbance, bloodshed, suicide bombaings and terrorist activities just to let prevail peace and safety in the rest of the world. Its a huge topic and I don't want to go in details or else I would have made anyone lip tight who would spit Lava from his mouth against Pakistan. Kamran! The only thing that I have noticed about PCB since Dr. Naseem Ashraf took over as the chairman that he brings out the details of totally irrevalent topics to the media that doen't make any sense and cause a huge embarassement to himself as well as the PCB and over all Pakistan. Do you remember what did he say soon he took over as chairman, about the Players devoted towards religion? " The Players should not be offering prayers on the ground after their practice" such an absurd statemet!! Even if he was so against the players praying on the ground then he should have lightly informed them in private. Why a public denouncement through media? To my understanding the reason of PCB's non-sense decisions and announcements plus their novice approach towards the senstive cricketing matters is nothing but Mr Chairman himself. Take my words for it sooner or later he will have to resign or terminated by the President. Good Luck Pakistan WC Would be ours InshaAllah.

  • pakistani and proud to be one,, on March 16, 2007, 1:13 GMT

    Seriously I can not understand you guys, all of you especially you Pakistanis. What is wrong with speaking in Urdu? If you are so embarrassed by your own language than that’s your problem, I agree that there could have been a better solution to this problem of misinterpretation but there is nothing wrong in promoting your own culture. Sitting in the comfort of your houses and pointing fingers at others is the easiest thing to do, tell me how many of you have done something to promote or improve Pakistan? I am proud of our language and national heroes and will stand behind them even more so during these hard times.

  • Babar on March 16, 2007, 1:06 GMT

    We should promote Urdu because Pakistani players speak urdu. Its not neccesary to speak english. We should proud ourselve that we are urdu speaking.

  • RSN on March 16, 2007, 0:54 GMT

    My belly aches as I am having a laughing fit!... do the authorities really mean it.?????

    you hit the nail on the head about a bearded spokesman of Urdu at any press conference. For the world(read American and British), anybody with a turban/beard/speaking Urdu is a terrorist.

  • Siddiq Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 0:54 GMT

    Kamran, the Pakistani teams performance was unacceptable and pathetic. Why in the world Yousuf and Inzi slowed it down so much, why were they trying to take singles when there was a chance to run twos, what is going on with Akmal, how about the eratic Naved, What the _ _ _ _ ! Why is Younis not opening the game, he is there anyways in the first over.. what do we do now, more disgrace, Even the Irish are threating us now, there were times when teams will piss in their pants to play against Pakistan.. Why are we falling and falling fast, doping charges, wife beatings.. Shahryar was crook but was politically correct most times, I think this guy Nasim Ashraf is smoking something.. Shoaib Asif, were art thou! LOL

  • Adnan Saleem, London, England on March 16, 2007, 0:54 GMT

    This is so ludicrous, yet again the PCB manages to convince the whole world that it is a shoddy organisation. Concentrate on whats important chaps i.e. winning the world cup rather than trying to keep people in jobs by getting them to translate!! What a complete shambles. I hope Pakistan take the game against Ireland seriously and do the job professionally and prove to their fans that they can still be a force in this world cup.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on March 16, 2007, 0:53 GMT

    The Pakistan team has long been the laughing stock of international cricket. But something altogether different has taken hold of late: these eleven clowns led by the Chief Jester, Naeem Ashraf, and abandoned bohemian, Shoaib Akhter, have engaged in comic behavior, hitherto unmathched in sheer depth. Now try saying that in Urdu.

  • Humza on March 16, 2007, 0:53 GMT

    well i must agree with kamran on this one but this is a known fact that our players are a media of attention not because of their game but because of the acts they do .....please somebody go an tell them that dude let the game do the talkin not u r mouth

  • Ahmed Khan on March 16, 2007, 0:49 GMT

    Mann, since this stupid Naseem Ashraf have taken the charge, he has done things stupidier than any PCB head before. They way he dealt with our dope duo and instead of feeling embrassed he was like hostile at Speed's comments, what a shame. The way the team has been selected, look at Imran Nazir, was never given a chance in past four years, and is in the World Cup Team. And now this Urdu speaking crap, Cricket is an English game, and all the countries which play the game, have people who can speak and/or understand english. So speak English, whatever way you can. That can promote the tourism, like tourists will feel comfortable that the language they speak is not allien over there and they can communicate with the shoppers and people in English. Speak English to promote tourism.

  • Mehul on March 16, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    ha ha ha ha Only PCB can come up with these kinda funny (or stupid) excuses.. If any of the pak player can not speak in English, he should be given transletor.. whats to big deal ?? I feel bad for Inzamam and company..

  • wasim saqib on March 16, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    PCB officials have a habit of picking small issues and blow them up in the media, In other words "LOOK BUSY DO NOTHING CREATE CONFUSION AND LEAVE"

    Right now whether the players speak Urdu, Punjabi or English who cares,the only language which matters right now is the language of Cricket.

    Can any body tell Mr Ashraf dont try to deviate the attention of people from cricket and the performance of our team,as it is not going to happen.He has created another issue which will embarass our team,let them say what ever they want and in which ever language they want,the chinese, japanese,germans, italians,french their etheletes also speak broken english its not a big deal. one thing is for sure that people of Pakistan would like to talk to PCB Officials In PUNJABI after the world cup (YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I MEAN).

  • D Golbey on March 16, 2007, 0:47 GMT

    Kamran, nice to see that you can write a better article than you could ever play cricket. Only joking, but I do agree with you, well almost, when you say to 'concentrate on what really matters and that is to win the world cup.' Come on Pakistan aren't going to win are they.

  • Imran Tahir - Toronto on March 16, 2007, 0:45 GMT

    Kamran let me add to your gem of a comment…….

    “player chosen for the press conference grilling should have a shave, put on his coolest shades, an Hawaiian shirt, and a pair of shorts and flip-flops”………………………………….

    only if that can be accompanied by one of those Cheer Leaders from Jamaica with the Pom Poms in her hands, standing along with Inzi with the above mentioned outfit.

    Now that would be a true service to the Pakistan Tourism Development Corportation.


  • Owais on March 16, 2007, 0:44 GMT

    I don’t know wat the heck Pakistani cricket board is thinking, they are going to promote tourism via speaking Urdu. Come on now even a child in democratic societies understands English, Urdu is just a language of Pakistanis, people from America wouldn't understand it, now a day’s wat people don’t get it, they don’t bother with it. And some idiots in board think they can promote tourism first by humiliating people who don’t understand Urdu and then be rude to ask them come to Pakistan, that’s the worse plan ever to promote tourism. Tourism can’t be promoted by speaking in your own language, now a day’s even all nations tourism industry works in English because it’s an international language. The main points PCB should be focusing on are the performance of the team, their unity and their game as a team. They should promote the idea of team effort not individual and self-centered characterless players to win a match for them and screw the team in the world cup. They should be focus on major issues and should not be concern with the language barriers and they should keep in mind respect is an ultimate currency to promote tourism. The respect can only be gained by promoting things or debating in the language which is understood by most on the globe. Pakistanis are much open people and this statement of cricket board is totally self-centered, discriminating, and harsh to destroy their reputation though out the world. Its more likely seems to me they want to suppress the fact the team is in bad shape rather to oppress the world in opposite directions. There are limits man, first Shoaib and Asif drugs case put the team down and now PCB is coming with new changes on daily bases. Why don’t they let the team be as a team who can represent Pakistan globally in respective manners to global communities? They don’t represent Pakistan here only, they represent Muslims too. IN Fact BAwas Is Bawas whatever language it is been dilivered in.

  • Asad on March 16, 2007, 0:42 GMT

    Kamran sahib,

    You're so right. For example, if you wrote this article in Urdu it would still be complete bakwas. You should try to have a point before you start writing. The people at PCB are probably related to you anyway.

  • mat on March 16, 2007, 0:42 GMT

    well said, its so true

  • Haider on March 16, 2007, 0:38 GMT

    Good one Kamran. First one of your articles that i truly support and agree with. PCB is dumb shit, bunch of nobodies, some losers trying to be in the touring party when they as players were not capable of even playing first class cricket. Why is PJ MIR in the squad. What selection criteria is given for all these LOSERS who end up with the team. Who end up staying at places like the Ritz Carlton which is WAYYYYYY out of their league.

    PCB is making an issue of a totally random thing. We dont care what they speak. We dont care if they speak at all. All we care is for our team to perform and show some courage and determination on the field.

    I am sure Nasim Ashraf is with the squad again. Doing basically nothing and enjoying the white beaches.

    Our cricket is in dire straits. And apparently no one really cares.

  • Faisal Qutub-u-ddin on March 16, 2007, 0:37 GMT

    everybody knows this is a stupid dissicion from PCB , not to speak english , player should allow to speak any languagge he wants , and if he cant speak english its not a big deal , urdu is our language and we are proud of that . look in other way real madrid is a popular football club in the world and one time in the team only david bekham was the only player who could speak english and rest of the players give interview in there own language . dont make a big deal out of it , the point is performance not who speak wat language.

  • Hamza Shinwari on March 16, 2007, 0:35 GMT


    PLEASE GOD save us from Musharraf and his sycophants !!

  • Sashrin Deen on March 16, 2007, 0:34 GMT

    Remember also that international and even more so inter-racial contests sells. Cricketers from Pakistan playing cricketers from Australia is all well and good, but make it white versus Asian, Christian versus Muslim, and the blood boils with emotion, but it is the pocket which spills over in the fervour to get tickets. Being a West Indian i can't help but point out these subtleties.

  • Shaan on March 16, 2007, 0:32 GMT

    I totally agree with you. The termoil the crciket teams already in cannot be solved by bringing up random issues which are not even significant. The Pakistani board has made this tour a freak show, first with the various and supposed injury pullouts, then with the doping scandal lurking the team, and now this stupid stupid issue about what language to use. Its freedom of speach guys, a concept most people fail to understand in out part of the world. They can speak in whatever language they feel comfortable in !

  • Zed Fazel, Leicester, England on March 16, 2007, 0:28 GMT

    I N C R E D I B L E.!!!

    So many bizzare things have happened in Pakistan cricket over the last one year, that one can now expect anything.Nothing surprises anymore. CRICKET is run by an Ad-Hoc Committee (answerable to no one) and it seems they are going overboard to make a fool of themselves. The world is laughing and perhaps even enjoying it.

    What N E X T? Only heaven knows.!!!

  • tariq from stockport on March 16, 2007, 0:24 GMT

    pcb - go jump in the river u clowns. heres a question: is the ire/zim draw good or bad for pakistan? i mean theyve both got 1 point now and pak is on 0. if ire/zim had won then one of those teams would be on zero points with us as well. you know, part of me wants us to be knocked out on saturday once and for all...

  • SMAZ on March 16, 2007, 0:19 GMT

    Kia Bukwas chul rahi hai ya... Looks like we have gone to West Indies to play a Muhulla Tournament. No planning at all. I guess Inzi's Shirt logo right predicts the situation; EAT SLEEP GYM

  • Hassam on March 16, 2007, 0:16 GMT

    Rightly said, I believe that it is racist to tell a team to not speak in their language.

  • Mawali on March 16, 2007, 0:15 GMT

    Kamran Sahib; you go! I would have to rate this one with some of your best. Very well written. I agree with your analysis. I would not have a problem with the Pakistan team allowing its players their comfort zone of speaking in Urdu. However, the pretext used by the PCB (prized collection of bufoons) is indicative of the stupidity of the folks at the helm. AMF!

  • Sarem Hassan on March 16, 2007, 0:01 GMT

    hahahaha! this is so true. i was wondering the same thing, how is inzamam speaking urdu going to attract them to visit pakistan? it truly is mind boggling. PCB is a trash, why cant our management just focus on winning?

  • Amir Faizi on March 16, 2007, 0:00 GMT

    LOL!! I love the title - "Bakwas is bakwas in Urdu or English"... and unfortunately PCB is full of it

  • Omar Ansari on March 16, 2007, 0:00 GMT

    Haha crazy stuff... that's all I have to say lol

  • A. Abbasi on March 15, 2007, 23:59 GMT

    Kamran I can't agree with you more, bakwas is bakwas may that be in Urdu or English. Dr. Ashraf has caused more damage to the PCB in his tenure than any other supremo before. Since he has taken over from the diplomat, he has further weaken the organization. Not one decision he has taken speaks of sensibility. When I think of Dr. Ashraf only one thing comes to my mind in both English and Urdu "Moron"......please someone help Dr. Ashraf look it up in English to Urdu dictionary....

  • Ozair Anwar on March 15, 2007, 23:57 GMT

    First of all, Mr Kamran should get his cartoony picture replaced from the site. And, Secondly, Instead of being a typical critic about everything and supporting the Western Lobby he should realize that players might be able to express themselves better in Urdu rather than English.

    Sometimes an individual who has been brought up speaking his or her natural mother tongue tends to translate that language into another. Same being the case for Pakistani players.. they think in Urdu and then translate it into English.. and as far as we are aware it is hard work doing so. I gave my GCSE Urdu in Pakistan and I could not figure out how to translate a few Urdu words into English.

    Kamran should realize a few facts before writing something. And he should refrain from using weird terminologies like 'bakwas'. To think of it, since the day cricinfo has been made the only thing that seems 'bakwas' to me and my friends is what Kamran writes. One illetrate meaningless person who gets his words out of a dictionary and a thesaurus.

    As far as I am concerned what he is saying is totally and completely 'bakwas' :)

  • Farhan Aziz on March 15, 2007, 23:53 GMT

    It seems the PCB and the Pak team have a big target on them. Pakistani journalists, television commentators, and the not so politically correct Australian media always seem to find a way to have a dig at the Pakistanis. Kamran and company - I am sick of it! I don't think my comments will have any affect on the non-Pakistani scribes, but to those like Kamran Abbassi, I urge you to focus on the positives rather than the negatives - it really is getting old. We fans want to feel better about our team and the sport we love so much. There is too much negativity around, and you certainly don't need to promote it through this vehicle. Right now, it is people like you that look silly in your arm chairs waiting for the Monday papers.

    Farhan Aziz California, USA.

  • shahmeer on March 15, 2007, 23:51 GMT

    What can i say, PCB is just hilarious!! My dog understands better that speaking in Urdu wouldn't promote tourism. Like when I first read this thing about speaking Urdu to promote tourism, I laughed my butt off... and every time I read it again and again, I still laugh my butt off... come on PCB, are u serious???

  • Rajan on March 15, 2007, 23:49 GMT

    Wonderful article, Kamran, Sahib. Thank you! Rajan

  • Ram Ramkumar on March 15, 2007, 23:49 GMT

    This is one of the few articles from a Pakistani which was not biased.

  • waqas on March 15, 2007, 23:47 GMT

    hahaha great article well done kamran .

  • VZ on March 15, 2007, 23:45 GMT

    So true. You are absolutely spot on when you say "Stop these trivial pursuits and start focusing on what really matters--like winning the World Cup"

  • Sohail Shad on March 15, 2007, 23:44 GMT

    well Kamran ..... the only thing this restriction tells us is that PCB as ever is more focused on non issues.... if one can not speak English fluently is not guilty of murder or anything... shouldnt be embarrased at the first place and on top of that you lose the game ... it was slow and painful death for supporters.. but it was good i can go out in the street and from day1 of world cup can meet supporter of any country and say no Pakistan has no chance.. i like most others have lost any hope... the matter is not about loosing a game its about wanting to win and except shoaib malik no other player looked like wanting.. thats sad.. now PCB should forget this worldcup... no non sense on non issues.. when guys land in Pakistan ... give malik captaicny for the team and build a team of professionals who want to go out there and win and we dont want any stars in the team but players Sohail UK

  • Ali on March 15, 2007, 23:43 GMT

    hehehehe......wait a sec... they are on to somehting....after the press conference in urdu i drove by the pakistani embassy in D.C...there is a long line of feyrungee's waiting to get visas to Pakistan. Brilliant!

  • Shahz on March 15, 2007, 23:40 GMT

    Couldn't agree with you more Kamran.... These people at PCB have proven to be the worst managers ever .... they simply can't do anything right!!

  • aamir on March 15, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    I don't understand why media is making such a big deal out of this. "What is wrong in speaking Urdu?" I am a Pathan, I am proud to speak in Urdu. Eventhough, my accent is butt of jocks among friends.

  • SYED AHMED on March 15, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    We live in 2oth Century, we should be opening ourself to other not isolating us. It's is an insult to Pak player and a Joke..I guess it's all done so PJ Mir can have some spotlight...

  • Imran Tahir - Toronto on March 15, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    Sorry Kamran this is little out of context and current discussion, but I must sound the warning bells.........

    Alright guys ! Ireland captain , David Trent Johnston , has just declared after their nail biting tie against Zimbabwe that they are looking forward to give Pakistan a “hell” of a day on Saturday.

    My plea to our paper tigers is to get their act together, pull up their socks and offer even Tahajad on Saturday morning for some divine intervention. This Irish team is smelling blood and seems to hell bent upon (after listening to their post match comments) to hunt our tigers down, and send them on a return trip back to hell (pleaase read Pakistan) , before the tigers can even roar.

    Alright that was a jest !

    On a more serious note, Pakistan should simply put themselves into Bat first, given they win the toss and let the batsmen rebuild some confidence after the last game.

    Cheers !!!!!!

  • SarmadR on March 15, 2007, 23:15 GMT

    YAAAR! Kamran Sahab...u nailed it! Bilkul Sahih! i mean..these guys r goin crazy..its very clear that the PCB is crazy, they're just ruining pakistans image and makin them a further laughing stock! as for urdu being used...well, there's no shame in using Urdu if u cant speak english, better than warbling in english...i mean, ronaldo or ronaldinho dont speak english do they? SO WHAT!! just use a translator...the prob with the PCB is they cant convey the TRUTH! the TRUTH dammit! by makin stupid excuses they put further shame on themselves... hows bout : 'players who cant speak english will be provided with a translator, for clarity' how bout : 'Shoaib and Asif, at the risk of being convicted for the same crime twice, have not been tested and any players not tested CANNOT go to the World Cup'

    how bout the BL**DY TRUTH! ohh...these guys really pi** me off...all this petty crap just adds to the teams worries and takes there mind off!! THANK you so much for this post...i seriously feel like venting my frustration!

  • Roger bond on March 15, 2007, 23:13 GMT

    WOW. Urdu speaking and bearded ( close resemblance to Taliban) ambassadors of tourism for Pakistan. Impressed by these ambassadors, all Western nation tourists would love to go to Pakistan as tourists especially British,Americans and Australians would love the idea of a vacation in Pakistan especially in Wazirastan,NWFP,Karachi etc etc.It would surely be a pleasure to visit such peaceful areas with so many friendly gun-toting welcoming courteous hosts;).Its a brilliant advertising move from the tourism board which seems to compliment the samrtness of PCB.

  • Bilal on March 15, 2007, 23:05 GMT

    Very good article, valid points raised throughout. Couldnt agree more my friend. I originally laughed when I read that Pakistan team will only be speaking in Urdu.

  • Tariq Masood on March 15, 2007, 23:03 GMT

    Right on Kamran. No one knows it better than Pakistani cricketers on how to invite unnecessary and usually embarassing attention. Linking speaking Urdu during WC to promoting tourism in Pakistan is an idea known only to a few brilliant minds. I hope the next attempt would be playing in dhoti to further promote the freedom and nature of rural Pakistan. I just wish there was a mute button in real life.

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  • Tariq Masood on March 15, 2007, 23:03 GMT

    Right on Kamran. No one knows it better than Pakistani cricketers on how to invite unnecessary and usually embarassing attention. Linking speaking Urdu during WC to promoting tourism in Pakistan is an idea known only to a few brilliant minds. I hope the next attempt would be playing in dhoti to further promote the freedom and nature of rural Pakistan. I just wish there was a mute button in real life.

  • Bilal on March 15, 2007, 23:05 GMT

    Very good article, valid points raised throughout. Couldnt agree more my friend. I originally laughed when I read that Pakistan team will only be speaking in Urdu.

  • Roger bond on March 15, 2007, 23:13 GMT

    WOW. Urdu speaking and bearded ( close resemblance to Taliban) ambassadors of tourism for Pakistan. Impressed by these ambassadors, all Western nation tourists would love to go to Pakistan as tourists especially British,Americans and Australians would love the idea of a vacation in Pakistan especially in Wazirastan,NWFP,Karachi etc etc.It would surely be a pleasure to visit such peaceful areas with so many friendly gun-toting welcoming courteous hosts;).Its a brilliant advertising move from the tourism board which seems to compliment the samrtness of PCB.

  • SarmadR on March 15, 2007, 23:15 GMT

    YAAAR! Kamran Sahab...u nailed it! Bilkul Sahih! i mean..these guys r goin crazy..its very clear that the PCB is crazy, they're just ruining pakistans image and makin them a further laughing stock! as for urdu being used...well, there's no shame in using Urdu if u cant speak english, better than warbling in english...i mean, ronaldo or ronaldinho dont speak english do they? SO WHAT!! just use a translator...the prob with the PCB is they cant convey the TRUTH! the TRUTH dammit! by makin stupid excuses they put further shame on themselves... hows bout : 'players who cant speak english will be provided with a translator, for clarity' how bout : 'Shoaib and Asif, at the risk of being convicted for the same crime twice, have not been tested and any players not tested CANNOT go to the World Cup'

    how bout the BL**DY TRUTH! ohh...these guys really pi** me off...all this petty crap just adds to the teams worries and takes there mind off!! THANK you so much for this post...i seriously feel like venting my frustration!

  • Imran Tahir - Toronto on March 15, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    Sorry Kamran this is little out of context and current discussion, but I must sound the warning bells.........

    Alright guys ! Ireland captain , David Trent Johnston , has just declared after their nail biting tie against Zimbabwe that they are looking forward to give Pakistan a “hell” of a day on Saturday.

    My plea to our paper tigers is to get their act together, pull up their socks and offer even Tahajad on Saturday morning for some divine intervention. This Irish team is smelling blood and seems to hell bent upon (after listening to their post match comments) to hunt our tigers down, and send them on a return trip back to hell (pleaase read Pakistan) , before the tigers can even roar.

    Alright that was a jest !

    On a more serious note, Pakistan should simply put themselves into Bat first, given they win the toss and let the batsmen rebuild some confidence after the last game.

    Cheers !!!!!!

  • SYED AHMED on March 15, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    We live in 2oth Century, we should be opening ourself to other not isolating us. It's is an insult to Pak player and a Joke..I guess it's all done so PJ Mir can have some spotlight...

  • aamir on March 15, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    I don't understand why media is making such a big deal out of this. "What is wrong in speaking Urdu?" I am a Pathan, I am proud to speak in Urdu. Eventhough, my accent is butt of jocks among friends.

  • Shahz on March 15, 2007, 23:40 GMT

    Couldn't agree with you more Kamran.... These people at PCB have proven to be the worst managers ever .... they simply can't do anything right!!

  • Ali on March 15, 2007, 23:43 GMT

    hehehehe......wait a sec... they are on to somehting....after the press conference in urdu i drove by the pakistani embassy in D.C...there is a long line of feyrungee's waiting to get visas to Pakistan. Brilliant!

  • Sohail Shad on March 15, 2007, 23:44 GMT

    well Kamran ..... the only thing this restriction tells us is that PCB as ever is more focused on non issues.... if one can not speak English fluently is not guilty of murder or anything... shouldnt be embarrased at the first place and on top of that you lose the game ... it was slow and painful death for supporters.. but it was good i can go out in the street and from day1 of world cup can meet supporter of any country and say no Pakistan has no chance.. i like most others have lost any hope... the matter is not about loosing a game its about wanting to win and except shoaib malik no other player looked like wanting.. thats sad.. now PCB should forget this worldcup... no non sense on non issues.. when guys land in Pakistan ... give malik captaicny for the team and build a team of professionals who want to go out there and win and we dont want any stars in the team but players Sohail UK