Cricket in Pakistan is in bad shape. Neither their team, once reknowned for a world class bowling attack, is performing that well, neither is the administration of the PCB in a healthy state. None of the cricketing nations want to tour the country after a brutal terrorist attack on the touring Sri Lankan team in 2009. So much is the concern for security that Pakistan is actually playing all it’s ‘home’ games in either Abu Dhabi or Sharjah. Now a video released by the Tehreek-E-Taliban, a Pakistani wing of the infamous & dreaded terror outfit Taliban, has released a video in which they have bashed & warned the Pakistan media for praising Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who retired recently from all forms of cricket. Like all around the world, Tendulkar is admired & his game is adored by Paksitani cricket fans & experts as well, but the recent coverage given by the Pakistani media to him on the pretext of his retirement has attracted ire of the Taliban.
In a video message, Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid, flanked by two AK-47 wielding masked men, talks about Sachin’s farewell to international cricket. “There is this Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar. It was unfortunate to see Pakistani media go to great extent to pay tribute to him. On the other hand, it was sad to know same Pakistani media badly criticized captain Misbah-ul-Haq. No matter how good Tendulkar is, don’t praise him because he is Indian. No matter how bad Misbah Ul-Haq plays, he should be praised because he is a Pakistani”, the video shows the Taliban spokesperson saying. The Pakistan media had extensively covered Tendulkar & his farewell speech was covered live. Pakistan media praised Tendulkar after he retired from the game on November 16.
Newspapers paid rich tributes to Sachin saying “the game of cricket will surely be the poorer without him”. Dawn wrote Tendulakar’s retirement marks the end of a truly memorable career that spanned nearly a quarter of a century. The Express Tribune & Daily Times wrote Tendulkar is rightly considered the most complete batsman of his age, possessing every shot in the book & having the ability to both, tear apart bowling attacks & to control his natural aggression to suit the needs of his team. Insaaf, an Urdu daily, wrote ‘Tendulkar like cricketers are not born every day. His is widely loved and respected.’ It will be interesting to see how the media in Pakistan, reacts to this indirect threat from the Taliban. The media is the only wing that is yet untouched by extrimist Islamic ideology in the nation & is credited with some fearless journalism.
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