The times don’t seem auspicious for Pakistan cricketers. And its not only to do with their poor form, in-team disputes, disharmony, mudslinging, bans, fines, reprimands etc etc etc. It’s high time someone spells out to them to refrain from any felonies.
First we had the infamous ball-biting act by Shahid Afridi. Not only was he dumb enough to do it on live television in front of 26 cameras, but to make himself look stupider, he gave a lame excuse that he was trying to smell the ball. Now you don’t need to do your Masters in Biology to know that in normal humans the smell receptors are located inside the nostrils and not on the teeth.
Then, of course, we have the on-going marriage saga of Shoaib Malik. For long Shoaib continuously denied that he was ever married to Ayesha Siddiqi. However, after the Siddiqui family went public with the nikahnama, with Shoaib’s signature on it, he has now changed his version saying he was tricked into the marriage. Hmmm…it sounds like an acceptable argument if it comes from an illiterate villager. But from an educated national cricketer?? Wonder how many educated urban Pakistani men would consider marrying a girl over the phone without ever meeting her.
And now, we have the Pakistan national cricket team’s 20 year old opening batsman Nasir Jamshed, who has landed up in police custody after being caught red handed cheating in his secondary school (Class 9th) examinations!!! But keeping up with his compatriot’s trend of offering lame excuses, Nasir said, “In the first place I was not appearing in the English paper my friends were appearing in it and I was there helping them.” Err…first of all, that would also be considered as a misdemeanor, but more importantly, it will be interesting to see how Nasir explains that his Roll No. 105268, was on one of the papers if he wasn’t supposed to appear for the English exam which apparently was compulsory.
After Afridi’s ball-biting incident, Ramiz Raja admitted that ball-tampering was a part of Pakistan culture. Well Ramiz, you can surely add a few more misdeeds to the list.