The player attacked was Pakistani? Oh, no problem!

Published: December 21, 2012
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It does not really matter that Zeeshan was served diluted phenyl, dishwashing detergent or acid. Apparently it does not matter whatever may happen as long as the team victimised is Pakistani. DESIGN: ERUM SHAIKH

Kunal Anand’s rationale in his blog on Zeeshan Abbasi’s case is very impressive. He believes that the tradition in his country, ‘the guest is god’, serves the guests well.

Among other things, he suggested that we, Pakistanis, should not to react too harshly towards this ‘sad incident’ as the action cannot be taken as India’s conspiracy against Pakistan’s captain but has more to do with negligence.

I do believe I agree with what he had to say; the entire nation cannot be held responsible for the act of an individual- especially when the culprit has been given his due.

“Even Pak-India series will not be affected”, said the PCB chairman rightly.

It does not really matter that Zeeshan was served diluted phenyl, dishwashing detergent or acid. Apparently it does not matter whatever may happen as long as the team victimised is Pakistani.

The point I would like to raise today is why do Pakistani players have to face such incidences in every nook and corner of the world?

Please refer to the ‘sad incidents’ below, exemplifying the treatment bestowed upon Pakistani players in various parts of the world.

1. The Kabaddi World Cup 2011: Pakistani Manager badly beaten by American Players

Manager, Akhtar Abbas, requested the event management to take a dope test of the US players, alleging unfair competition as the Pakistani team was upset over their narrow loss to the dope tainted US team – five of whose players tested positive, by the way!

After the complaint, the US team members were unhappy with the manager and started beating Abbas during the Pakistan-Norway match when he left the premises to use the wash room.

Unfortunately and predictably, no action was taken by the Pakistani management to punish the culprits.

2. Pakistan-England Test match 2010: Broad hit Zulqarnain in frustration that aggravated his injury and ruled him out of the Test series

Pakistani cricketer Zulqarnain Haider, while playing his début match against England played an unexpected innings and made 84 runs and in turn frustrating the English bowlers- who wanted to bowl Pakistani tail-enders out as early as possible.

However, Zulqarnain’s resistance kept them away from their destination and this aggravated Stuart Broad into throwing the ball at Zulqarnain, injuring a finger on his right hand.

The match referee took immediate action, charged broad with misconduct and fined him with £3,000 for throwing the ball at the Pakistani player. Pakistani captain Salman Butt showed his concern on the issue; however, the PCB remained a silent spectator.

3. Indian hockey players attack Pakistani players in tri-series

According to reports, the match was levelled by Pakistan 3-3 in the last few minutes of the game. Indian players, led by midfielder Gurbaj Singh, attacked the Pakistani players with hockey sticks turning into a full-fledged brawl.

Syed Imran Shah and Shafqat Rasool sustained injuries during the scuffle. Pakistani players, however, did not retaliate and instead lodged a complaint with the umpire. Manager Khawaja Junaid, however, downplayed the entire incident. 

4. Rowdy crowd evicted – Pakistan beats India in empty stadium in Test cricket match 1999

A cricket stadium, capable of seating 100,000 people, was practically empty when the match was marred by the rowdy behaviour of raucous spectators that eventually led to forcible eviction from the stands.

Pakistan beat India by 46 runs in The test match and the crowd took to throwing food and bottles at the Pakistani players when the Indian team was nine wickets down.

Again, no compensation for our team for this crude behaviour!

5. Fielders wearing helmets against India in 1987

A strong Pakistani team defeated India in the ‘Cricket Diplomacy’ series under the leadership of Imran Khan. Indian spectators threw stones at Pakistani fielders when they were fielding. The Pakistani team left the ground in protest.

Sunil Gavaskar spoke to the crowd on speakers and asked them to respect their guests. Imran Khan however guided his players to wear helmets on the field if they wanted to save themselves from the crowd’s torture.

No big deal – the game continues and we, yet again were persecuted.

6. Pakistan-Australia Match at Perth 2010: Khalid Latif attacked by Aussie Spectator

An Australian spectator tackled Pakistani fielder, Khalid Latif, when he was fielding at deep mid-wicket during a match between Australia and Pakistan. It was an unexpected and unfortunate incident for the Australian management and they took appropriate action.

The spectator received a lifetime ban from the ground and faced a fine of A$9000 under state law.

However, as expected, the Pakistani management did not even bother to address the issue or give an official statement regarding the incident.

Taking all this into account- all I can say is that Kunal spoke well for his people. If the ambassadors of peace- who tour different countries with Pakistani players say nothing to help their own players- how do we ensure that they are treated fairly? When will the people of Pakistan speak up for the players of Pakistan who visit other countries under threats that could one day – God forbid – prove fatal?

Read more by Ahmad here.

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Ahmad Fuad

A corporate training specialist and motivational speaker. Fuad has also worked as a professional sports journalist for Daily Khabrain and has been writing bi-lingual articles for national and international journals. He played professional cricket at the Under 16 and Under 19 level.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Maximum

    These incidents happen only because we don’t give due credit/respect to our own people instead we do everything in our power to bring them down. This is a fact well-known of Pakistanis.
    Unless we start taking our people & ourselves seriously no one is going to respect us.
    As far as this incident is concerned JUST IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HINDUSTANIS HAVE DONE HAD THIS HAPPENED IN PAKISTAN TO THEIR PLAYER, let alone their captain.
    That was an outrageous act by Hindustanis.
    One can’t apologize after almost killing a person. Can you!?! Recommend

  • http://www.twitter.com/SohailAnwer Sohail

    80% of those happen in the so-called incredible India.. Aman ki Asha??Recommend

  • GrimmJow

    What action was taken when SriLankan players were BOMBED? Do we know who did that? Have the guilty been punished?Recommend

  • Hamza A Khan

    Well written Ahmed, a point that needed documenting really badly. You also go on to think people take such liberty with our teams because they are confident there will be no retaliation. While any such incidences, are highlighted ten-fold on media if happening in Pakistan, no important is given to matters that affect Pakistanis.As for GrimmmJow, what action was taken? Have you not seen the end of international cricket in Pakistan? Have you not witnessed the international coverage the whole event got, the political protests lodged? Have you not seen tours cancelled, WC 2011 shifted, Champions Trophy both in cricket and hockey shifted? Have you not seen the T20 WC shifted? Even thought perpetrators have not been caught, enough has been done to make Pakistani authorities wakeup to their negligence, and because of them, atleast some one is suffering. Nothing has been done of that magnitude for PakistanisRecommend

  • Sudheer

    Pakistan is the only country in the world where visiting foreign players were attacked with Machine guns & Hand Grenades by the locals and you have the audacity to blame other countries of mistreating your players?
    Before raising a finger at others see……………….Recommend

  • Ich Dien

    @GrimmJow:

    No Sir we dont know who did it and no one has been punished.

    Oh wait one second … just remembered Pakistan has been punished collectively by the ICC, no International Cricket in Pakistan since 2009.

    7/7 happened in London during the Ashes and Teams reaction was that the “Game Must Go On”.

    I appreciate their spirit, but If anyone wants to deny that there are dual standards the he/she must bring in proof as well. Aussie team refuse to play in Sri Lanka during 1996 world cup coz of security situation (later got their behinds whipped by same SL team in the final). The same Aussies who cry like new born if they are sledged but call it part of mind games when doing it to others (remember certain Andrew Symonds took offence to being called a monkey or a certain Glenn Macgrath going after Ramnaresh Sarwan after Sarwan’s reply to his sledge was not something he wanted to hear) Recommend

  • Ich Dien

    @Sudheer:

    Agreed to what you mentioned about Guns and Grenades but does that mean anyone else has the right to Attack, Harm or Kill players/sportsmen from Pakistan???

    Pakistan is paying the price for that incident by being in international isolation since 2009. Should same be done to others as well???

    Please reply YES or NO to both questionsRecommend

  • joy

    Mr Ahmed Fuad………………you forgot to mention that it was a conspiracy by RAW/Mossad etc etc…For God’s sake, get out of this mindset……….Recommend

  • Soni

    So should not Pakistan be boycotting India tours? Why are they sending their teams and players here?

    Treat us the same way the way we treated you after Pakistanis tried their best to kill Sri Lankan cricket team. Why all this complaining and whining?Recommend

  • Z

    The artwork for the article is atrocious. It’s like a child has dabbed red paint over a rusty old photograph.Recommend

  • maestro

    @Sudheer:
    Pakistan is also the only country in the world to have given over 40,000 lives of soldiers and civilians fighting a war for a reason that it had absolutely NOTHING to do with, i.e, 9/11. 6 policemen gave their lives defending the Sri Lankan team and the Pakistani driver of the bus was given a bravery award by the Sri Lankan gov’t. Ask the foreigners here how much they love to be in Pakistan – they all say, wow, we had no idea you were such a beautiful land and people. And oh, when a gunman goes shooting 20 kids in the US, or a 23 year old girl in Delhi gets gangraped, beaten with iron rods and thrown of the moving bus mean no kid in the US goes to school anymore or no girl in India sits on a bus anymore? Think before you speak. You don’t generalize a population of 180 MILLION by the dastardly actions of a few. Recommend

  • De

    @soni How do you know they were Pakistanis? Maybe they were the same terrorists from Uzbekistan or Tajikistan who are killing Pakistanis everyday. By the way, Pakistan suffered because of that since international cricket can not be played in Pakistan now! Besides they were terrorists, the govt and the army are doing their best to finish these terrorists who are bombing us almost everyday. They were not the general public or sportsmen. And read the article properly. The author is targetting the PCB, not the others.Recommend

  • http://na deep

    I dont see where this whining is coming from – it is Pakistan’s prerogative to ban, complain etc etc – so where does the ‘no problem’ tag come from. Are you saying that other countries deliberately victimise Pakistan? – then my friend you are suffering from severe persecution complex.

    The blind cricket team could have decided to leave India – but the wise pakistan management team decided not to overreact just to assuage your ‘waaaaaaaaaah – nobody loves me’ whining. :) Get over it. Recommend

  • vexed

    Hamza,
    No international team was ready to travel to Pakistan after the Lankan team was attacked right outside the Lahore stadium. Please remember, the Lankan team had agreed to tour Pakistan AFTER the Indian team had pulled out due to security worries.
    Cancellelation of ALL international Cricket matches by the ICC in Pakistan does NOT amount to punishment for the terrorists who attacked the team-bus. IT ONLY AMOUNTS TO PUNISHMENT FOR PAKISTANI CRICKET FANS.They are not able to witness live-international cricket.IT ALSO AMOUNTS TO PUNISHMENT FOR YOUNG PAKISTANI CRICKETERS WHO ARE FORCED TO ONLY PLAY ‘AWAY’ GAMES. They never get ‘home’ advantage to prove thier mettle-make a mark in International Cricket.Recommend

  • abhi

    Like you other’s do not create such useless list.
    Pakistanis are not a very good host either and the actually the stone throwing practice was started in Pakistan. If pakistani team players are really so much afraid of playing in India because of bad crowd behaviour why are they so keen in being selected for IPL or visiting India? Action speak louder than words my dear friend.Recommend

  • vishal

    Pls mention the behaviour of Pakistani players too.Specially Inzamam of Toranto.

    And once Pakistani spectators hurled stones at Indian cricketers in 1997 tour.
    mention that tooo plsRecommend

  • Yuri Kondratyuk

    Idris Begh, a Pakistani umpired who blatantly ensured Pakistan won at all cost and used to take instructions from Pakistani captain was “kidnapped” and subjected to the “humiliation” of being drenched in water at the team’s hotel by the angry touring English players.Recommend

  • vishal

    @maestro,Pakistan is fighting that war for US $$$$$$Recommend

  • Yuri Kondratyuk

    BTW, looks like Pakistanis are masters at playing the victim card. I mean Shrikant was assaulted on the pitch for god’s sake!Recommend

  • what nonsense!

    @Soni:
    “So should not Pakistan be boycotting India tours? Why are they sending their teams and players here?
    Treat us the same way the way we treated you after Pakistanis tried their best to kill Sri Lankan cricket team. Why all this complaining and whining?”

    That’s because its your board who invited us to earn billions of rupees in revenue and they are dying to invite our players to IPL as well to breathe some life into a tournament thats losing its charm as quickly as indian batsmen have been throwing their wickets recently, blame them not Pakistan!Recommend

  • uk muslim

    i thought you were giving chronological list of ‘Attacks on Pakistani Players since 1947’.

    try to watch clips on youtube searching ‘fights during match’. its common sense, players and supporters fights whenever a high adrenalin event occurs. even civilised westerners riots. its not about nationality, its about sport. Recommend

  • BLing BLing

    I think the reason is that we just don’t take a stand. Someone says sorry and we want to look like bigger and better people, so we move on. We need to take lives and health of people, in general, more seriously. Why would you keep phenyl, dishwashing liquids in a glass? The come in their own bottles!Recommend

  • Sudheer

    @Ich Dien
    Agreed to what you mentioned about Guns and Grenades but does that mean anyone else has the right to Attack, Harm or Kill players/sportsmen from Pakistan???
    No, not at all. All I am asking is that, stop writing whole blog, demonizing other countries and throwing stone at others, while you yourself live in a glass house.
    @maestro
    Pakistan is also the only country in the world to have given over 40,000 lives of soldiers and civilians
    What all that rant has got to do with this blog? The blogger is beating his chest and crying, moaning and bemoaning about the “great atrocities” that have been committed and still being committed on the pious players of Pakistan and I just showed him the mirror!Recommend

  • Pessimist

    Oh great, another article hijacked by the usual ‘India-Pakistan’ bickering -_-Recommend

  • http://www.kabacreations.com Vishnu Dutta

    There is a difference between getting shot/bombed and accidentally drinking a cleaner.Recommend

  • uk desi

    Both india and pakistan need to sort out the mistakes they make with security.. The trouble is all sports are fixed by bookies and most bookies come from india and dubai..this person couldve been paid by a bookie to put pakistan captain out of action ????Recommend

  • Ammad Ur Rahman

    Excellent well written article.. To all the jealous indians trying to save their ass in the comments.. Keep trying… :)Recommend

  • goose

    Good, Pakistanis found something to whine about for today – they should sleep well tonight.

    Btw, this list is very convenient – it leaves out many incidents of rowdiness and violence by Pakistanis, players and spectators alike – also, I believe in the history of International cricket, there’s only one player who actually barged into spectator stands and viciously beat up a spectator (Indian supporter) with his bat because he was shouting slogans to heckle players – and than player was a Pakistani – remember Inzamam in Toronto??????Recommend

  • gp65

    @what nonsense!: “That’s because its your board who invited us to earn billions of rupees in revenue and they are dying to invite our players to IPL ”

    Actually the only people that keep talking about being allowed in Pakistan are Pakistani players like Afridi NOT BCCI. Even holding of this India Pakistan match was actively pursued by the PCB chairman not the BCCI chairman. You can have your own opinion, you canot have your own facts.

    Author: When players of other countries are caught cheating, their own board punishes them unlike PCB which counter accused the other country of cheating but has to publicly apologize when it canot prove its claims. Recommend

  • Pathak

    I thought Pakistanis were only thrashed by Indians.But I was wrong..they r humiliated and thrashed globally…….Recommend

  • Khaksar

    Mr Ahmad, don’t be a crybaby. No one listens.Recommend

  • Fareeha

    This list, I feel, is not against India or any other nation but against Pakistani officials who do not push the host countries to take any step against the culprits.
    I’ve read comments and amazed why Indians are reacting.Recommend

  • Zeux

    @GrimmJow:
    Both are equally condemn able incidences. You indians need to have guts to accept that. Recommend

  • ss

    Taking all this into account- all I can say is that Kunal spoke well for his people. If the ambassadors of peace- who tour different countries with Pakistani players say nothing to help their own players- how do we ensure that they are treated fairly? When will the people of Pakistan speak up for the players of Pakistan who visit other countries under threats that could one day – God forbid – prove fatal?//

    above para was the crux of the article, don’t know why indians are getting defensive :-/

    come on guys, the world does not revolve around you.Recommend

  • jay verma

    @De:
    Are you joking ? Your government is the one who are supporting those terrorists because they are the second line of defense for you. Recommend

  • Kaalchakra

    Very sad, but all too true. We can’t ignore that everyone in the world is unfairly targeting Pakistanis. Something must be done to fight this menace.Recommend

  • Fareeha

    @ SS
    These Indians who are commenting here need to grow up now… They are too self-centred to be sane.Recommend

  • Raj Kafir

    Does anyone remember when Inzmam Ul Haq beat a spectator with is bat in Toronto in 1996. He was criminally charged in Canada. He was found guilty and paid the fine. Since then Inzy has been permanently banned in Canada. Recommend

  • Fareeha

    Dear Indian friends
    Have you read the blog?
    Ahmad praised Kunal who’s indian & hindu. He is pushing his people to take responsibility of his players. Nothing about India. It is just a coincidence that they were badly treated thrice in India.
    Don’t take it personally…Recommend

  • jay verma

    @Fareeha:
    So what is big deal if a human muslim praises a hindu human `? But look around you. Have you any Hindu/Christians being the representatives in your country ? Look to your east side, India had more than once President and Vice President, and a very loved one too . Can you match? Do you ever look around you?Recommend

  • Fareeha

    @ Jay
    It is not about having president or prime minister. blog does not talk about/against India. Please get out of it.
    It is about Pakistanis and their management. It is just a coincidence that Pakistanis were treated badly in India three times out of six.Recommend

  • Bushra

    Pakistan is paying the price of War on Terrorism. It’s players are not secure even.
    God bless them in them in upcoming Indo-Pak series.Recommend

  • Milind

    This seems to be a one-sided account. The author conveniently omits attacks on Kris Srikanth and Mohd. Azzarhuddin during the Pakistani tour sometime in 1989-90.
    The Pakistani guy attacked Azhar for playing for India despite being a Muslim. Had he attacked him today, he would have cited Azhar being part of the wrong sect – That’s the difference.

    Additionally the Pakistani team had abusive players like IK, Javed Miandad, Inzamam (who indulged into brawls with other Pakistani teammates). Inzaman-ul-Haq ran beserk attacked an Indian from the audience in Canada around 1992.

    Still I’m not talking abt attack on Sri Lankan team – other bloggers have already covered it.Recommend

  • Umar

    All of you just calm down!! Stop fighting, blaming & over-reacting.Recommend

  • Rizwan

    How can we forget Ball Thakuray. For the past 25 years he ‘s been threatening our sportsmen, our artists and singers. We always raise slogans like dosti and aman ki asha and we always extend hands towards friendship and in return we can see how broadminded Indian people are.
    They dont even bother to cheer or appreciate the performance of the guest team.

    Fuad Ahmad i would say used most suitable words for his article..Oh no probem.Recommend

  • Sane

    Sports officials are very much concerned about only one thing MAKING MONEY. Rest are not their problems.Recommend