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    Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

    [size=4] [/size]http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/jun20...05/oped/o1.htm

    Through a cricket ball, darkly
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    [font=Verdana][size=2]Khusro Mumtaz

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    [font=Verdana][size=2]Fans following Pakistani cricket over the years may have noticed how neatly the team reflects the inner-workings and psyche of Pakistani society at large and how its exploits give us many lessons to learn, if only we're ready to learn them. Two recent incidents relating to the current cricket tour of the West Indies have once again highlighted that very fact.

    According to various newspaper reports, first there was Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana, the team's only Christian member, for supposedly not attempting a difficult catch in the last one-day match against the Windies. That resulted in Youhana, one of the two main batsmen of the side, storming off the field and, ultimately, flying back to Pakistan, thereby missing the Test matches that followed the one-day internationals. End result? Pakistan, already without the services of captain and leading batsman Inzimam-ul-Haq, loses the first Test match to a weaker opponent.

    The second Test is underway as I write this, so its fate remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Youhana's absence is sure to be felt. The former vice-captain insists the only reason for his return to Pakistan was to look after his ailing father. But even though Youhana Sr. immediately made a recovery upon Youhana's arrival in Pakistan the cricketer refused to travel back to the Windies, claiming that there wasn't enough time for him to get back before the beginning of the second test. In actuality, when he made this statement, there was still around a week to go before the second test started. Something is definitely rotten in Denmark.

    One may argue that Youhana should have put his hurt ego aside to give his all for his country. But his country also owes him a few things, the least of which is something called respect. Can you blame him if he is degraded and abused and his ethnicity/religion ridiculed? If he is treated as something "less than"? Even if the abuse and ridicule occurred in the heat of the moment it still reflects the deep-rooted mindset of his fellow team members. I wouldn't blame him if he refuses to turn up in the country's colours until he receives the appropriate apology from his teammates and the Pakistan Cricket Board. The lesson to be learnt remains clear. We ostracise the minority communities and make them feel unwelcome in their own home at our own peril and, ultimately, at great cost. Our best talent (remember Dr. Abdus Salam) will be lost and our country will be the poorer for it.

    The Youhana affair was then quickly followed by the Shahid Afridi-Younis Khan-Inzamam imbroglio. Afridi took umbrage at the fact that Younis, the stand-in Pakistani captain in the first Test match, had ordered him to open the innings, something Afridi didn't want to do. The mercurial Pathan complained to regular captain Inzamam that Younis was overstepping his bounds and wanted to take over Inzi's post permanently. A confrontation then took place between Inzi and Younis, with the former accusing the latter of aspiring for the captaincy. The situation soon turned into a shoving match between the three participants.

    Now, I believe Inzamam to be a gentle soul. I also don't take him as somebody who ever really aspired for the national team's top slot before leadership was thrust upon him. But it seems that he's now also starting to fall prey to the same weaknesses that have brought about the downfall of many a Pakistani leader. Having tasted a little bit of success on the recent Indian tour, he's started to believe his own press as well as the insidious whisperings of sycophants with their own axes to grind. Whether politico or a general or cricket team captain, a Pakistani leader's belief in his own infallibility is matched only by a constant looking over the shoulder to see who's coming to throw him out of his position of supreme power. What's lost therefore is what's best for the country or the team and the fact that rules and regulations apply equally to all citizens or team members, including the general or prime minister or captain himself. Strong institutions are what really matter and they, not strong personalities and individuals, are what will save our country.

    But the messiah complex has always plagued us. If Imran Khan made the Pakistani cricket team into a winner by the sheer force of his personality, he is also the one who broke it after his retirement by reportedly manoeuvring to have the succeeding captain Javed Miandad replaced by his own chosen heir, Wasim Akram, who was at that time entirely unfit for the job. Pakistani cricket has yet to recover from the fall-out of that decision which created innumerable rifts and delusions of grandeur within all the team members, as they all started aspiring for the captaincy. Hence, at a time when the Pakistan team was blessed with one supremely talented individual after another -- Akram, Waqar Younis, Saleem Malik, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Anwar, Inzimam, Rashid Latif, etc. -- it was hardly able to achieve success on a consistent basis. Personal glory and, subsequently, greed (the match-fixing scandals) took precedence over pride in a collective effort and working for the good of the country as a whole. It was a perfect example of the general decline of Pakistani society.

    Compare that with Abdul Hafeez and his men who were able to achieve great things with very limited resources (much like the young country itself at that time) when Pakistan first achieved Test cricket status in the early 50s. That team only had two truly world class players -- Hanif Mohammed and Fazal Mahmood (who sadly passed away recently) -- yet its results belied that fact. They were paid a pittance yet the pride of representing Pakistan and the idea of something greater than oneself was enough to make those players achieve something truly spectacular and unforgettable.

    The writer is a banker and freelance writer

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    #2
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    This article is very sad. Apprently one has to write some spicy garbage like this to get article published in 'The News'. No wonder it never surpassed Dawn in popularity and now Daily times is over-taking it too. Its because of jacks like WK and this gentleman. Good journalism
    The will of Allah will not take you where the Grace of Allah will not protect you.

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      #3
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      Originally posted by lahori_bhai
      [The former vice-captain insists the only reason for his return to Pakistan was to look after his ailing father. But even though Youhana Sr. immediately made a recovery upon Youhana's arrival in Pakistan the cricketer refused to travel back to the Windies, claiming that there wasn't enough time for him to get back before the beginning of the second test. In actuality, when he made this statement, there was still around a week to go before the second test started. Something is definitely rotten in Denmark
      Here is an example of blatant false reporting. Youhana left for Lahore on the morning of 28th from Kingston. Second test started on 3rd. There was a three day gap between both tests and unless Youhana is a time traveller he could not have given this statement on 26th which was a week before the secnod test started

      Fight tu huee ho, its the mentality of such articles who twist facts to their liking that is really sad. Infact Youhana's father came back from the hospital 1st june in the morning which perfectly validates the fact that he could not have made it on time. rather than 1 week before the second test
      The will of Allah will not take you where the Grace of Allah will not protect you.

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        #4
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        Distorted garbage or spiced up story, its a real incident matter that is being toyed with. Never the less its a proof within it self that such articles and journalism can blow things out of perportion to create further rifts between the two parties.
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          #5
          Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

          Khusro uncle should stick to banking. This journalism thingy is obviously not gonna work out for him. There is a reason, he is free-lance. I can't imagine anyone employing a person who writes such a piece of $hit.
          "Let your friends underestimate your virtues. Let your enemies overestimate your faults." - Godfather.

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            #6
            Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

            I don't remember reading anywhere that razzak racially or ethncally abuse youhana. Who would be so twisted to say something like that to youhana after a dropped catch. Even worse happens when people start believing these stories and judge players on the basis of these crappy articles. And I am sick n tired of people quoting inzi youni and afrdi incident. If it was such a big incident why there wasn't anything noticable during the 4 days of the 2nd test between these 3 players.
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              #7
              Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

              these writers wan't popularity and they will do anything to get it

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                #8
                Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

                what utter unsubstantiated crapppphh!
                For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining - and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction - Khalil Gibran

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                  #9
                  Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

                  son of a b not only is he bssing but he is ridiculling our society as to say somehow we have some deep rooted hate for pakistani cristians or hinduz, this is bullsht bcuz in nwfp u have hinduz and sikhs they lived by our house and never ever was there even a small incident, i undertand him going at razzaq but 2 blame whole society is ****ty minded journalism and shows how his parents raised him!

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                    #10
                    Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

                    well why are u all so surprised? I know this well aged guy who refers to Youhana as 'oos chooRRay nay kitnay runs banaaye' The fact is that there is racism in our society and it won't be very odd to experience it in a team too.

                    The writer may have exxaggerated a bit but nothing unbelievable.

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                      #11
                      Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

                      The writer may have made a mountain out of a mole hill, but there was a mole hill to begin with. There ARE deep rooted prejudices in Pakistani soceity. How many of us who have lived in Pakistan can claim that they were entirely free of such prejudices? There might be exceptions, but the majority of us does suffer from this better-than-thou attitude. How many of us (other than jazba_pk) can claim to have Hindu or Christian or Sikh friends that you met and mingled with socially?

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                        #12
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                        Originally posted by brahmachari99
                        The writer may have made a mountain out of a mole hill, but there was a mole hill to begin with. There ARE deep rooted prejudices in Pakistani soceity. How many of us who have lived in Pakistan can claim that they were entirely free of such prejudices? There might be exceptions, but the majority of us does suffer from this better-than-thou attitude. How many of us (other than jazba_pk) can claim to have Hindu or Christian or Sikh friends that you met and mingled with socially?
                        Yar why do we need to exaggerate this issue just like the writer of this crappy article did and wanted the same from the readers. Off all the pak players razzak seems to be the one who is pretty down to earth. I don't think he would ever say something like what the banker uncle is trying to prove. Zada say zada kya bola ho ga BC ya MC ya some other modified form of these two, so whats the big deal.
                        Incompetent Clueless Clowns: ICC

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by fkhan2
                          Yar why do we need to exaggerate this issue just like the writer of this crappy article did and wanted the same from the readers. Off all the pak players razzak seems to be the one who is pretty down to earth. I don't think he would ever say something like what the banker uncle is trying to prove. Zada say zada kya bola ho ga BC ya MC ya some other modified form of these two, so whats the big deal.
                          Yeah, BC or MC is pretty much the standard lingo. And I agree Razzaq is the most unlikely of all the people to have used a racial invective.

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                            #14
                            Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

                            Originally posted by Saby
                            Here is an example of blatant false reporting. Youhana left for Lahore on the morning of 28th from Kingston. Second test started on 3rd. There was a three day gap between both tests and unless Youhana is a time traveller he could not have given this statement on 26th which was a week before the secnod test started

                            Fight tu huee ho, its the mentality of such articles who twist facts to their liking that is really sad. Infact Youhana's father came back from the hospital 1st june in the morning which perfectly validates the fact that he could not have made it on time. rather than 1 week before the second test
                            Saby,
                            Some corrections required in your information.

                            1. Yuhana left WI on the 26/27 of may, 2005 (Source: DAWN)
                            http://www.dawn.com/2005/05/27/spt2.htm
                            2. Yuhana reached Pakistan on Saturday, 28th of May 2005 (Source: DAWN).
                            http://www.dawn.com/2005/05/30/spt5.htm
                            3. Youhana issued the said statement on 29th of May, 2005 which appeared in the press on the 30th (Source: DAWN)-check link in (2)

                            You seem to debunk everything said against the team without giving the reporter any credit at all. Your assumptions are also incorrect and understanding of the said article erroneous at best, more like biased.

                            When the reporter says a week its used not lietrally but metaphorically speaking. I hope you can understand and appreciate writers need to express their opinions.

                            Much more importantly, if Razzak is guilty of racial slur's which is very possible since it is quite commonly acceptable in our society (unfortunately) then the fact he was allowed to play and Yuhana left to dry out is absolutely unacceptable. Had a gora made racial slurs against the desi's our local media and guppies wud hv been up in arms. Therefore, we sud give this report (article) its due worth and wait for further confirmation. Simply discarding any comments which do not suite our interest is a narrow minded approach and defeats the purpose of fair justice.

                            Folks, the said article is not just Yuohana specific. Purpose of the writer has more to do with the societal norm's which are in direct contradiction to acceptable human values. Also, idolization of individuals and how power can affect even the nicest people. Think about these points and then make your conclusions.

                            PS: These comments are not Saby specific, it applies to all those posts who have rejected this article. Saby, since u were the first to respond and state an opinion therefore this salvo, nuthin personal.

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                              #15
                              Re: Abdul Razzaq hurling racial and ethnic invectives at Yousuf Youhana?

                              some ppl like to make big issues of racial discrimination and all....
                              they'll make story out of anything to sell the papers....
                              this is just another example....

                              u know what they say, no matter how melodious a fart is, it cant be considered music....
                              Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.

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