Has Pakistan forgotten its sense of humour?

Published: February 18, 2015
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The South Africa match ad managed to highlight the weakness of the Indian cricket team without demoralising them. That’s quite a feat.

Pakistan lost against India in their opening World Cup match, but that did not affect the love I have for my team. My support does not depend on them winning or losing.

Having seen all the criticism directed at our team, I couldn’t help but wonder what the morale of our team must have been. I mean, realistically speaking, three of our key players, Saeed Ajmal, Muhammad Hafeez and Umar Gul aren’t playing. That will obviously affect the outcome of our team. That isn’t an excuse, the fact that until the very beginning of the World Cup, our team was relying on these players. It’s great that we are positive and hope our team wins but to expect that they will win, and then curse them when they don’t manage to do so, is unfair. Unfortunately, my opinion is not shared by the millions of other Pakistani cricket fans.

An example of this is the anger that ensued after the kab phorain ge advertisement was aired on Star Sports. Knowing full well that the ad was made in good humour, many Pakistanis requested that the video be taken down. To all those angry souls out there, let me tell you that we were eventually avenged.

The reaction of the Pakistani supporters went from angry to completely stark raving mad.

Photo: Screenshot

Photo: Screenshot

Photo: Screenshot

Just recently, Star Sports also aired an Indian ad regarding their match against South Africa. This time around, the joke was on India (even though it was an Indian production) given the fact that India has never defeated South Africa in a World Cup match. Statistics prove so.

And the general reaction of Indians on twitter:

Here again, a question comes to mind: Would Pakistan have done something like this? Do we have the capacity to laugh at ourselves?

After seeing this page, I feel the answer would be a no.

The new South Africa-India ad managed to highlight the weakness of the Indian cricket team without demoralising them. That’s quite a feat. Rather than our media, celebrities, and fans spurring hate towards our team, let’s learn to highlight their capabilities as well as their flaws in a more creative and respectful manner, rather than an attitude that screams “we hate you, you suck!”

So even though the advertisement against Pakistan glorified the Indian team, the advertisement regarding the South African team brought them back to earth. Their media agencies happened to strike a balance by giving them an ego boost as well as a reality check.

In Pakistan, an extreme opinion emerges towards our team – either we love them or hate them. In our quest of love for them, we place them on a pedestal and glorify their existence; but in our tirade of hate, we pummel them to the ground and don’t bother with them.

Have we not heard of the term “moderation”?

Mushal Zaman

Mushal Zaman

The author is a sub-editor at Tribune. She tweets as @MushalZ90 (twitter.com/MushalZ90)

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