12
Mar
07

Do NOT speak ENGLISH! Pakistani players banned from speaking in english

“This decision was taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board because it is our national language and because 2007 is our National Tourist Year so we are promoting Pakistan as well. This is the perfect platform to promote and expose our national language, so there’s nothing more to it.” – Pervez Mir, Pakistan Cricket Team’s press liason officer

He further confirmed that players would only speak in Urdu, an attempt to also promote tourism in Pakistan.

The ban seems to be the result of a journalist misquoting Pakistani bowler Danish Kaneria in Trinidad after the Pakistan team were evacuated from their hotel following a gas leak. A journalist spoke to Danish Kaneria and asked him what he thought about the gas leak and he tried to play the incident down and said ‘It happens’. However, when the report came out the journalist quoted him saying ‘It happens at home as well’.

Source: Cricinfo

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3 Responses to “Do NOT speak ENGLISH! Pakistani players banned from speaking in english”


  1. 1 Rogue
    March 12, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    We know pretty well how many of our players can speak in english fluently so why not just accept the fact rather than make silly excuses like the one above.

  2. March 12, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    On the contrary, I think it is a good decision because we should promote our national language when ever we are given an opportunity.

  3. 3 aroosa
    March 12, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Speak English when it is neccesary, speak Urdu when required!


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