It sums up the world we live in today – this incident at Oval. Racism, White/Western supremists, autocratic officials, high-handed and unfair treatment of a third world party, a protest and ‘rebellion’ from the oppressed, the absolute incompetence and toothlessness of a peace-keeping international body, pathetic apologists for the oppressed masquerading as their representatives, the deliberately kept ignorant masses so they hold the protestors in villianous light, and a sense-less verdict/action essentially teaching the protestors a good lesson for having voiced their protest. The casualty could be as grave as a sovereign country like Lebanon, or as apparently simple as an almost-in-the-pocket Test Match in a lost Test series.
Take these ingredients and you could as easily concoct Israel’s invasion and destruction of Lebanon, as you could brew something along the lines of Darrel-pig-headed-white-supremist-asian-hating-Hair’s latest ICC/Malcom Speed-backed-and-encouraged ‘crusade’ against the invading Asian cricketing phenomenon.
There are some positives in the Oval incident, however, which I would list as below:
The incident might have cost us a test match and the no.2 spot in the ICC Test rankings, but at least it has not left hundreds of innocent children burried under the rubble of their houses, nor has it cost billions of dollars worth of destruction in a country.
Sharyar Khan’s grovelling was pathetic, to say the least, and exceedingly embarassing. It made for a strong case against letting these bureaucrats take up positions at the helm of sporting matters. We might have lost most of our pride in the comity of nations, thanks to Generals, Retired Generals, and Politicians, whose pathetic and embarassing bending backwards to please the erstwhile colonial masters and all their look-alikes is often our national integrity’s undoing, but we have our pride and our esteem in the sporting world, especially in the cricketing world, and we need to guard it fiercely. Perhaps one day, we will be able to translate that salvaged pride into other areas of our international dealings.
For once the PCB has stood behind the players, and they ought to be commended.
For once the President of the country has also spoken along lines that do not bruise our self respect. This may well have to do with the fact though that Bush does not follow Cricket.
Most of all, I am happy that the Pakistan team has learned to stand up and be counted. I am sick and tired of all these countries refusing to play in our country, of these sporting teams refusing to play in venues we decide when they come to our country, of our team silently taking whatever the umpires (read Darrel Hair) dish out, and of our people being pushed around.
Once again, I salute “Bade Bhai”. He is not yet the fire-brand force to reckon with that the great Khan was, but he has proven that after the illuminous Kardar era, and the world-cup-winning Imran Khan era, Pakistan cricket is living the “bade-bhai era” – the Inzamam era.
Here is what I had to say the last time around when Darrel Hair had unleashed his unabashed racism. He is not good for my sense of humor.
Whatever the implications of yesterday’s fiasco be, I am proud of the fact that the Pakistan team took a stand, and refused to let the Darrel Hairs walk over them. I hope the Shaharyar Khans of the ‘diplomatic contingent’ do not undo the good work done here, and I wish all the best to our boys – our Pakistani boys who made us proud yesterday.