Monday, September 24, 2007

You, sir, are an idiot

And who might the idiot in question be? Why, none other than the Pakistani captain, Shoaib Malik, who, at the presentation ceremony for the Twenty20 World Cup, decided to thank the "people back home and the Muslims all around the world". I dislike public displays of religiosity, but I especially detest captains of national teams turning sporting contests into Battles of the Religions. I'm glad your boys lost, Shoaib. And I'm glad a young Indian Muslim (who played with his brother in the team) won the man-of-the-match award while making sure you lost. Eid Mubarak in advance.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicely put dude! This was an insult to all the Cricket lovers around the world to put a totally irrelevant and irrational subject when the whole world is watching you.

These people seem to be brainwashed from a very young age to make comments like this one..

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The amount of critisism will be more if a Hindu captain (Mahendra,for example) does it if he praises Hindu brothers.

Just imagine...why?

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go, Samir! I was particularly aghast when he said that. I think it is the result of Malik (and perhaps most of the Pakistan team) not used to making comments suitable for pluralistic societies. Nevertheless, they should get some PR personnel.

5:54 PM  
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6:19 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I guess he meant Pakistanis all over the world, but then who am I to guess. It's a tragedy if he didn't mean what he said and everyone is out to hang him.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I as a die hard Indian fan, who always supported Pakistan when they played other teams specially in this world cup. I even skipped work to watch them and cheer for them. I was filled with joy after India won and then listened to the worst nonsense and then was filled with anger and felt that I was insulted by a religious hater. He made the entire world cup final match worth not watching. SORE LOSER. I will never cheer for Pak ever again until CAPTAIN IDIOT is playing for Pakistan. He let Pakistan down, he was sorry to come to the finals, just because he lost. WHAT A PITY ON PAKISTANI TEAM, which is being led by another wuss.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what malik should have said, to better express the pakistan's feeling :

"I would like to thank all muslims in pakistan and terrorists in India, Oops i mean all over the world"

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that, Brother Samir. I thought I was the only one who noticed it; it really pissed me off. Until that point, religion had no bearing on outcome. Cricket lovers were hoping for the victory of cricket. But this has been a problem with the Pak cricket team ever since the Tablighi Jamaat (an evangelical Muslim organization) infiltrated into it. Now, the Pak team considers itself to be a Muslim team rather than a national one. But the problem is a deeper one: since Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, two generations of Pakistanis have been raised on rabidly Islamic textbooks that vilify other religions, esp. Hinduism. Consequently, the older generations of Pakistanis are, in fact, far less fundamentalist than the younger ones. Look at guys like Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad, for instance, and compare them with the recent lot that like to sport huge beards. Liberal young Pakistanis have a real fight on their hands as they struggle to maintain their independence in the midst of such retrograde influences. Half the current Pak team is Tablighi -- they pray together before and after a match -- and the other half is not, and this leads to huge tensions.

2:26 AM  
Blogger The thoughts said...

ABSOLUTE RUBBISH..ABSOLUTE NON-SENSE..the person who has posted this thread is a is nothing to be offended about for indian muslims..not a single non muslim pakistani will ever be hurt..first of all they woun't remember and even if they remember they know that it is Ramadan..and people all over the world call him and others and say we are praying for you..and it is true the whole of the arab world including nigeria etc support pakistan for being muslim otherwise they can support australia or south a renect research in UK they found out that in a secular country like UK religion is the top most force of determining a persons affliation or supporting a team..and this was conducted recently in the last world cup soccer in Germany..his comments were not meant or directed towards all indian muslims..
i truly and totally support him in what he said and he ever is trying to make an issue out of nothing is an paranoid..

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, as a Pakistani cricket lover, we appreciate the efforts by Indian team who struggled and came out victorious beating Australia and then Pakistan in close matches. One would expect them to celebrate their glory and share happiness.

Its surprising to see that instead of celebrating their glorious victory, Indian nation is again at their best - propoganda against Pakistani muslims. I think that as Cricket lovers India should enjoy good cricket and keep away for sadistic and demeaning nature inculcated in their society. Its a shame on what you guys are trying to spread.

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Faisal, for a country like India our pluralism is important. and when brainwashed nitwits make inappropriate comments and try to poison a thing we LOVE - Cricket - it makes us wanna puke. get the drift?

4:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An absolute cracker of a match spoilt by the ramblings of a dimwit!
To all those who say Shoaib Malik did not actually mean it, he does not speak English well, blah blah..well, if you don't know English then dont talk in English. Knowing the language is not a prerequisite to play cricket. Talent and the right spirit is what is required. And when you represent your country at the highest level, you have to watch your words, whether you are delirious with joy over winning or down in the dumps because you lost.
I was about to applaud Pak for a game very well played but now, I am so glad they were on the losing side.
Congratulations Mr. Malik. You just reinforced the image of a hardliner Paki stereotype on an international platform.

5:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we should not exploit this..... its just a speech after tense moments of cricket.... I'm 100 percent sure that he did not say that to hurt anyonez feelings.... Give him a break....And u making an article out of it is immoral ... just don't exploit the matter... We should not think so negatively... Atleast Shahid Afridi Congratulated the Indian team... But noone from the Indian team congratulated Pakistan on reaching the Final and becomming Runners Up for the 20/20 world cup... Its a shame when people take a word out of someonez interview and create so much fuss about it... And if u blame him for being immoral then what about all of u calling him an idiot for something that you are not even sure of what he meant.....

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole saga of politicising post cricket match conferences emerged in the the time of Zia-ul-Haq and was developed needlessly during the the captaincy on Inzam-ul-Haq.

It is rubbish, no matter what religion you are, to believe cricket is influenced by any special God who may choose to favour you simply because of your belief systems.

Finally, it that last ul-Haq, Misbah, that Shoaib should be thanking for getting Pakistan to almost within a whisker of victory by some deliberate and accurate cricket. I am Indian and even as my team sneaked an unlikely win I was genuinely sorry that someone had to lose. Pakistan fought until the very last and in terms of pure skill were better than Indians. The Indians won the cricket game that is played in the head and Pakistan to an extent pressed self-destruct.

Even so, let us remember - one swallow does not a summer make.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Jrod said...

Did the nation of islam brothers of brooklyn thank Malik for his kind words?

9:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Listen dudes,

Why dont you take it this way... he thanked his fans, supporters & God. If there was any other intention beyond that it is best left to the losing captain, his team & the team management. So much is true... what he said was for his team - it probably shouldn't be counted as an individual's opinion and no one needs to be singled out or blamed.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think India Pakistan 20-20 final was fixed?

I don't agree with this article

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us get away from baiting Shoaib Malik and address the matter of the biggest bigot amongs us - one Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat. Whereas most other State Chief Ministers have announced financial rewards to players from their states, this nasty piece of work, Modi, has maintained a thunderous silence with regard to Irfan and Yusuf Pathan. Let us be honest, this is only because they are Muslims. Had there been a Patel or a Mehta or some such, Modi would have declared a reward before you could say Narendra!

I find this distasteful in the exterme and a black mark on the Gujarati psyche.

And for the record I am of Gujarati origin, I live in Nairobi, Kenya. My father, myself and my daughters are all Kenya born and we do support India to the hilt in cricket. But this once, because of this vile character Modi, I am ashamed to call myself a Gujarati.

Rajesh Mehta

2:35 AM  
Blogger John said...

Yes, please let's not get carried away with all the finger-pointing. If you'd been in Delhi, Samir, you'd see such outrageous anti-Pakistan sloganeering, that I felt ashamed to rejoice our win with the crowd.

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ICC should ban prayers on presentation stage.

12:12 PM  

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