Ijaz Butt October 21, 2010

Being Jonty

Or what Pakistan are imagining themselves as these days

Saturday, 16th October PCB head honcho Ijaz “Asbestos” Butt today held an emergency press conference to respond to the ultimatum issued by the ICC. The Long Handle was in the front row holding a recording device.

“First of all, men of the press, you are wrong to call it an ultimatum. There was more than one ultimatum, so you will see, according to the Latin we should be talking about ultimata, not ultimatum,” he announced triumphantly. “This, in my opinion, is typical of the way the media misrepresent the facts.

“Secondly, as you can see, the paper upon which the ICC has printed these ultimata is from a non-sustainable source. Again, this is typical of the way these shadowy bodies go about their business. How many mahogany trees were felled to produce this paper? Do you know? Do I know? Rest assured, I have launched an investigation and will be handing the file over to Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth, I haven’t decided which.

“Finally, if anyone here doubts that I am doing a good job, they should read what it says on this handwritten note I received from my good friend, Mr President Zardari. ‘Dear Butty. Congratulations on being the most unpopular man in Pakistan. I would be personally delighted if you could continue to fill this position for many months to come or until the next election, whichever comes first. Yours with gratitude, Big Al.’”

Sunday, 17th October Fast-medium ball-flinger Stuart Broad today interrupted his weekly session with the ECB’s anger management therapist to explain his approach to fast bowling:

“I’m a passionate kind of person. Passion is my middle name. And aggression. Aggression and passion are my middle names. I want to be passionate enough to make the batsman scared, but not so aggressive that I split my trousers; yet at the same time aggressive enough to put myself on the line, but not so passionate that I step over the line; which would be a no ball.”

Monday, 18th October Excellent news for long-suffering Pakistan cricket fans, but not for those of us who appreciate slapstick comedy. It appears that Misbah’s chaps will be “concentrating on fielding” ahead of their jaunt to the UAE. However, their intensive schedule will not involve cricket balls, running around outdoors or risking nasty little bruises on the knuckles, as coach Waqar explained:

“Practising is so last year. When I say my boys will be concentrating on fielding, I mean they will be doing literally that - sitting cross-legged on comfy cushions with their eyes closed, imagining what it feels like to be Jonty Rhodes.”

“Good fielding comes from within,” said chairman of selectors Mohsin Khan. “Plus, it’s a lot cheaper to imagine being Jonty Rhodes than to actually hire him.”

Tuesday, 19th October As we all know, the ICC never sleeps in its efforts to root out corruption and they have come up with yet another jolly clever wheeze to catch out naughty cricketers. A dozen of their finest clerks will be seconded from filing duty, equipped with false moustaches and parachuted into hotel bars in key locations on the cricket circuit, where they will sidle up to unwary professionals and offer them cash to fix matches.

Obviously there are certain legal considerations in a sting operation of this sort. For a start, the ICC can’t be seen to be offering cash to players, so the pretend bookmakers will be issued with wads of $500 currency notes from Haroon Lorgat’s personal Monopoly set. And to avoid allegations of entrapment, when striking up a conversation with a player, the undercover ICC agent will be obliged to wear a badge that says “Undercover ICC Agent”.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • testli5504537 on September 6, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    I was really confused, and this answeerd all my questions.

  • testli5504537 on September 5, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Your answer was just what I neeedd. It's made my day!

  • testli5504537 on October 25, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Funny stuff Andrew, nice work mate.

  • testli5504537 on October 25, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    brilliant.....mate this was awesome, good article!!

  • testli5504537 on October 22, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    great!!! nice one :)

  • testli5504537 on October 22, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Next few months or the elections which ever comes first.

  • testli5504537 on October 22, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    awesome!! so hilarious LOL!!

  • testli5504537 on October 22, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Ripper of an article...especially the part about Jont Rhodes. I liked the sarcasm...keep it up.

  • testli5504537 on October 22, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Absolutely brilliant!

  • testli5504537 on October 21, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    Great article! I'm a cricket lover who appreciates good cricket and regardless of which country they represent I admire the greats of the past and present.

    I mean as a Pakistani living in Australia I can list my fave players from every test playing nation.I have favourite English players but equally love the Aussies. Let's face it how can you not appreciate what all the 'greats' have given to the game. Botham,Willis,Boycott,Border,Warne,Gilly,Haydos,Ponting,Pigeon,Lee, Tendulkar,Kapil,Kumble,Dravid,Azhar,Sunny Gavaskar,Graeme Smith,Amla,Gibbs, Donald,Pollock,Rhodes,De-villiers,Cronje, Sangakarra,Jayawardane,De-Silva,Murali,Jayasuriya,Imran Khan,Wasim,Waqar,Saeed Anwar,Mushtaq,Saqlain,Inzi,Shoaib. Sorry Afridi you are too over-rated. I mean to have the national side kitted out in Boom-Boom? No I haven't forgotten the kiwis, Fleming,Cairns,Vettori,Crowe.

    The sad thing is whilst every other nation is getting stronger Pakistan are still way behind.Butt you are a pain!!

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