Karachi. Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi has vowed to take revenge for the insult that the Pakistani players had to go through during the auction for the third edition of Indian Premier League, when none of the Pakistani cricketers were bought by any Indian franchisee. Afridi has threatened that he, along with his teammates like Umar Gul, will sport free flowing beards and scare the shit out of chauvinistic Indians.
“The way I see it, the IPL and India have made fun of us and our country. They have tried to dent our image and self-esteem by branding us as unsold products.” Afridi, who would finally turn 30 in another six weeks, said this on phone from Pakistan, adding, “Now it’s our turn to make fucking fun of those jingoistic jokers and dent their confidence and self-bloated image. We know where it hurts them.”
Experts claim that an influential group among Pakistani cricket fraternity believes that growing beard disciplines the team and enhances their performance. Saeed Anwar and Yousuf Yohanna (now Mohammad Yousuf) had successfully proved it earlier, and now Afridi is trying to explore the strategic aspects of the beard.
The statement of Afridi has evoked mixed responses in both India and Pakistan. IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has termed the statement as unfortunate and detrimental to India-Pakistan ties.
“IPL is an event to bring people closer to each other, real close, like Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty. It is unfortunate that politics is being mixed with sports.” Lalit Modi said as he smilingly showed an SMS from Preity Zinta reading “Love you Lalit, it was fun.” to buttress his point.
Lalit Modi was backed by a lesser known sociologist Prem Pujari, who claimed that the rejection of Pakistani players during the IPL3 auction had got nothing to do with politics or diplomacy or even plain business. Prem said that he saw it coming and had even predicted it.
“Pakistani players had played in the inaugural IPL and people loved them, but they were absent from IPL2. People fell in love with other players. It is simply a case of out of sight, out of mind mentality that breaks long distance relationships. Remember Saif and Deepeka broke up on the same premise in Love Aaj Kal.” Prem Pujari explained.
Meanwhile cricketers from India have refused to comment on the controversy, but a frank and outspoken Virender Sehwag couldn’t stop his laughter when he was asked if he would feel scared to see Umar Gul in beard.