World Cup conspiracies: Bal Thackeray is an ISI agent

Published: March 26, 2011

Thackerey is an Indian politician, founder and chief of the Shiv Sena.

Everyone is talking about arch-rivals Pakistan and India facing each other in a World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Here are a few golden statements that Pakistan cricket fans are making:

  1. Pakistan was given a place in the semi-final as a reward for releasing Raymond Davis.
  2. Reaching Mohali a week before the match is no good; the Pakistani players may get paid off.
  3. Indians are good at black magic – check out how their pundits throw amulets on the Mohali pitch.
  4. The Mohali pitch has been developed to assist the Indian players.
  5. Pakistanis will lose the match because they know the Indian crowd will beat the hell out of them if they win.
  6. The Indian spectators will disrupt the match if they see Pakistan winning the game.
  7. Pakistan will not lose the semi final; 180 million Pakistani Muslims, Bengalis and lots of Indian Muslims will be praying for Pakistan.
  8. RAW agents are conspiring to use Indian bookies to bring down the Pakistan team.
  9. Bal Thakeray won’t do anything to the Pakistan team. He is afraid of Karachi’s ghundas.
  10. Pakistan will win the match because they don’t have sattay baaz (gamblers) on the squad.
  11. How can Pakistan win when there is no implementation of Islam in this country?
  12. Shoaib Akhtar will rip Kamran Akmal apart on the field if he drops any more catches when he is bowling.
  13. Bal Thakeray is actually an ISI double-agent. His job is to malign India’s reputation by threatening the Pakistan cricket team.

Note: This blog is satirical in nature.

For the latest World Cup updates and opinions visit The Express Tribune Cricket.


Tanzeel Ahmad

A UAE based marketing professional who is interested in politics and cultural issues. He blogs at

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

  • Neeraj, India

    This was a brief, but, a wonderful and hilarious writeup of yours indeed. Yes, if Pak wins it will be all because of the great and almost unbeatable Pakistani cricketers and Allah sided with the faithful, but, if they loose, then, the conspiracy theorists will have a field day, with epitaphs like ‘match was fixed’, ‘Indians bought Pak players’, ‘pitch was doctored’, ‘not enough Islam in players’ but, the winner would be ‘it was a conspiraracy hatched by the RAW, Mossad, CIA and of course ‘yahood-o-hindood’.
    Poor Afridi would be hiding somewhere in Lahore or Peshawar.Recommend

  • Uza Syed

    “Pakistan was given a place in the semi-final as a reward for releasing Raymond Davis.” ——- Hillarious !

    “Pakistan will win the match because they don’t have sattay baaz (gamblers) on the squad.”——– Well, Tanzeel, this one is almost plausible. If some have sneaked in —– they won’t be that stupid to get into the ‘act’ at least not in any real big ‘action’ —– right now it’s bit too hot, I would think.Recommend

  • Confused

    We should probably win the match against India because Zardari has promised he will step up the war on terror in the Northern Areas if we do so. God help us!Recommend

  • Deen Sheikh

    I think the Pakistani team will be probably be more threatened by the Indian Shiv Sena over the so-called Taliban threat in India. Bal Thakray is a nothing but a racist extreme right-wing nut job, who uses racism and hatred for Pakistan to better his political position and garner support. For those that are unaware, his racism, targets not only Pakistani’s or Indian Muslims, but also Non natives of the state of Maharashtra, in the 90’s his party folks used to target South Indian immigrants, in the last ten years they have been targeting people from North India including Punjab, UP, AP etc. He is bringing the same band of thuggish politics to Mumbai, that some political parties are bringing to Karachi today, which is not uncommon in many developing countries. Racist and Thuggish political ideologies, he claims he is a Hindu nationalist, yet he targets Hindu immigrants in Mumbai from other states. It is all about money, money, money if you ask me. The government of India knows what he is doing, yet they can not lay a finger on him.Recommend

  • Awais

    good ones done leave a note pointing it was sarcasticRecommend

  • Sumair

    lol, nice writeup.. Recommend

  • Noreen Shams

    ROFL !Recommend

  • http://deleted umair mughal

    darty to ham kisi k baap sey bhi nahi hai to bhala is kutty ki shakal waly ki dhamkiyoo sey kon darta hai..
    Yaad Rakh ham pakistani hain Pakistani jo apne seeny per bomb bandh lety hain mger tum jaisy lanti hindo sey kbhi nahi darty..
    i love my great PAKISTAN who is the Father of India (Lantistaaaaaaannnnnnnn)Recommend

  • Syed Hussein El-Edroos

    Enjoyed reading it.Recommend

  • N

    @umair mughal:
    spreading hate against india is not the right attitudeRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman

    Bal Thakeray is actually an ISI double-agent. His job is to malign India’s reputation by threatening the Pakistan cricket team.”
    Excellent!!!! Hilarious and out of the BOX thinking.Recommend

  • Tanzeel

    Thanks everyone, you guys may add more rants like that. By the way original statement on Bal Thakrey is as follows..

    “Bal Thakrey won’t cause any threat to team Pakistan. He is afraid of Dawood Ibrahim (Mumbai Underworld)”

    .(Tribune for whatever reason replaced Dawood Ibrahim by Karachi Ghundas)Recommend

  • Samreen Mughal

    mind blowing, these days everyone is spreading his own cricket knowledge as per his intelligence, good to see you have recollected and presented it to us. perfect cocktail for readers :=DRecommend

  • ani

    If Pakistan wins, all due to

    Superior Genes
    Inferior Hindus – 11 ghazis beat 1.2B hindus in their own homeland!
    Two Nation Theory
    Ghairat coaching by AQ Khan, Shireen Mazari, Hamid Gul and Zaid Hamid

    If Pakistan Loses, all due

    Zardari and Gilani wanted to be a gracious guests per instructions from Hillary Clinton
    Veena Malik and Indian Bookies
    Pitch prepared with grass grown in CIA headquarters
    Pakistani coach and Afridi on RAW payroll
    ‘Hindu Bengali’ blood in players that did not perform

  • bangaloreboy

    sarcasm and wit of highest quality! I stumbled on this blog, but will keep coming back regularly…Recommend

  • Syed

    I dont know how you people can like this !!! according to me its lame Recommend

  • Bohemian

    we shall see what we shall see!Recommend

  • M Bilal

    By the time this semifinal is over, believe me you will have another thirteen golden points to add into this article.Recommend

  • Shekhar

    good points, such things happen in india tooRecommend

  • Faizan

    lol:) get a life mate!!! Recommend

  • Absar

    Pakistan was given a place in the
    semi-final as a reward for releasing
    Raymond Davis

    In any case, if you jotted this down following the statement of Imran Khan who said the match was being fixed for Pakistan with regards to Raymond Davis case, then I pity your poor comprehension skills in politics.Recommend

  • Let us not digress

    HAHA. The 1st and the 11th are the best. But dude you should’ve made a mention of daud ibrahim too. =pRecommend

  • Hasan

    Excellent tanzeel bahi ;-)Recommend

  • Singh

    Umair Mughal,
    Do you see your face in mirror”
    Are you look like chinese or Mongol or any western, then you may call Indian by any name. If your parent look like any other Indian face then you, you are h………mi.
    How many time guys like you need to learn a lesson. Remember since 1947 to KargilRecommend

  • junaid

    o come-on…please just to write something and make it under limelight or to act whatever you call it-moderates,free etc etc don’t just portray a very wrong and inexplicable picture of millions of fans around the globe!
    Can you please verify how much statistics or some data-pretty lame as it will be,i am sure, you accumulated before naming this loathsome column to us??i use the word us because until specified anyone reading this moronic column shall certainly relate it to majority if not whole of the fan club.
    the footnote should have read Note: This blog is sort of an ‘out-of-form try of being funny’ in nature.….
    but giving you your due…yes it is hilarious,if nothing!Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,Karachi

    And what about the Mumbai incidents? Do you think that they were done by RAW? Tanzeel it is educated people who get along with the jingoism that really puts me off! Even when its satirical I have to say you need to develop some iq for that!Recommend

  • Raj

    Tanzeel I can see you have a great tendency to pawn large chunk of people at once. Good job mate — Appreciate your work…whatever Shahid Afridi has said about the Tendulkar should be mentioned here as well. It would be fun to read the whiners’ comments.


  • Qazi Akhter

    What Bilal said :DRecommend

  • nachiket

    I had never thought that some Pakistani newspaper could be so interesting and with such a fluent English. Recommend

  • http://none vikash

    first statement is complicateRecommend

  • I am a responsible and civilized citizen of Pakistan

    LOL. Nice blog. The title is very appealing. Recommend

  • Tanzeel

    I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you. Anyways since you also lack an understanding of sarcasm you are automatically being redirected to this link.Recommend

  • Tribune Fan

    I quite often do an online Google News search for subjects which interest me and have developed a new respect for the Express Tribune blogs. I really enjoy blogs on this site. Keep it up Tanzee!Recommend

  • Said Chaudhry

    not sure who you’ve been talking to but all the people I know share the same thoughts as I do: We’re gonna run over India in Mohali period!Recommend

  • Sarah

    Good One!!!! Indeed I myself have heard some of these and how could you forget all those sms being forwarded since we got the news that India would be playing the semi with Pak…. I mean its going crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Ghausia

    @umair mughal:
    Kindly do not talk as if you are a Pakistani. Pakistanis are good, kind, tolerant people. People with your mentality are just trash that somehow got thrown in our territory, and will be cleaned up eventually by the patriots that don’t want bigots and terrorism-supporters polluting their country. Anyone who thinks strapping a bomb to their chest is a feat of courage is no countryman of mine.Recommend

  • The Only Normal Person Here.

    Absar, you dont know how funny you are. Like REALLY. You got NO idea at all Recommend

  • ani

    Gilani is going to meet his paymasters in India; Manmohan Singh is actually an ISI agent. No one knows.
    Hafeez Saeed is the third umpire. His credentials help Pakistan sell the peace process.
    Hamid Gul is the expert commentator to expose India’s “feel good” atmospherics
    Zaid Hamid is on the payroll of RAW – he has been bought in to advise Indians on security matters for this all important match
    The foriegn secretaries are meeting to fix the match in a draw. This will allow the Pakistani government to place the right bets and rake in millions.
    Bal Thaceray is the unofficial coach – providing mental fitness to the Pakistani team.

  • Shayan Ali khan

    i think i can understand something frm all this “match fixing thing” we all know how much pressure and negitivity the pakistani government is under… and we all know if pakistan wins this match or the world cup itself… the country will head towards a transition of happiness, which may cause the media and the population of pakistan to focus on celebrations and other stuff that ultimately makes the population’s attention diverge from the “raymond davis case”(that has kinda ended but some controversies on it are still there) and other instabilities… so maybe Zardari or Gilani has chosen to finance the money somehow to the indian betting houses and just want pakistan not only to win it for their countries sake… but to create another diversion to escape the media’s and the pplz attention from all thats been going on… wat do u guys think ?

    and i think everyone is aware of the oldest trick in the book… “Divert the people’s attention whenever they seem to be headed towards the right direction” “Counter them with their own emotions” :\Recommend

  • Bambayya

    If Dawood Ibrahim kills Bal Thakrey… Dont you know what will happen in Mumbai and in India ??? Every tom dick and harry knows that … Dar ke marree …People dont even joke about that .. And yes they replaced dawoods name just to show that they dont know that Dawood is in Karachi thats all …. ( Even 3rd std student in Sandhurst Rd school knows that he is in karachi)Recommend

  • Ahmed

    This is in response to the eccentric and preposterous leader of the terrorist organisation, Shiv Sena, who has left no stone unturned in his attempt to prevent the talented and meritorious Pakistan team from laying in India. Pakistan will indeed win tomorrow in the semi final, and the world cup. They will slap the treacherous Indian side on its face, and force Bal Thackery to resign, and commit suicide in humiliation, a fitting end to such a God forsaken man. Pakistan Zindabad. Long live Pakistan. Recommend

  • ਜੱਟ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ


    Bambayya… I have been following this thread for a while, and apart from just a few stupid comments by some nutcases, on the whole the Pakistanis have been very civilized in their comments. Considering that there was no need for you to pollute the atmosphere with your barking.

    BTW I am from Indian Punjab.Recommend

  • Enzee

    Favouring India and mocking Pakistani situation is the new trend that is rooting amongst people of our times, what we need to realise is that India is our arch enemy, no wonder the whole nation united for this one match.Recommend

  • rk singh

    Bal Thackeray was also supposed to have helped Shah Rukh Khan hit jackpot with “My name is khan”, where Mr.Thackrey demanded a ban on this movie. This movie was supposed to have sunk at the box-office without a trace, but came back well after this duel between the actor and the politician.Recommend

  • Tanzeel
  • Positive Pakistani

    my pick of the lot…

    “How can Pakistan win when there is no implementation of Islam in this country?”….

    a big big “:D”….:DRecommend

  • hassan

    The truth behind the semi-final loss to India now can be told :

    Hillary Clinton called Gilani and told him, “Look, the Indians are pressurising us to suspend our billions to you since you are not taking action on 26/11. But, it seems there is a way out.”

    Gilani asked, “What is that?”

    “Look, you have to lose the match to India in semi-finals and there will be a feel-good moment in India and they will stop harping on 26/11. And we send you the next instalment of billions. You need them for salaries next month.”

    Gilani said ok to this, and called Afridi, who refused to lose the match, since he does not understand international politics.

    Then Gilani called Younis and Misbah, they being educated persons. Misbah agreed to do anything in his capacity to get the required billions for his country. So did Younis.

    That is why Misbah and Younis, safest of catchers, dropped catches. They did everything to help Indians to post a big total. Since Indians are pathetic players, they could not handle our bowling and they posted a low total.

    So, Younis and Misbah had to bat deliberately slow so that India can win. When Afridi was going great guns, it was Misbah who told Harbhajan to bowl a low full toss to Afridi, since he knew Afridi could not resist that and would give a skier and get out.

    India won and Gilani made Manmohan Singh happy. Manmohan Singh forgot the 26/11 issue and Hillary Clinton okayed the transfer of 100 billions immediately.

    And our Prime Minister organized a grand reception for the team in gratitude when they returned. Misbah and Younis too have been rewarded separately by US, supervised the Hillary Clinton herself.

    This is the truth and I heard this from my uncle who works in the ministry that tracks the billions of aid from US…My uncle says he was asked by US officials to get the bank account details of Misbah and Younis. He gave the details to US and now everyone is happy !!Recommend