Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pakistani Cricketers promoting tourism

The Cricket World Cup is upon us and 16 cricketing nations have gathered at the West Indies for what promises is to be an exciting tournament.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) well known for their poor managment and disarray have come up with an ingenious idea to promote tourism for Pakistan.

Pakistan team's premier fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif both tested positive for nandrolone last September but had lengthy doping bans quashed on appeal in December after claiming they had not knowingly taken the banned substance.

The Pakistan cricket team has been banned from speaking in English at World Cup news conferences to prevent players from being misquoted.

"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," said a team spokesman.

Skeptics say this a way for the PCB to control the players even more. One of the PCB officials will be acting as tranlator in chief.

Pakistan plays West Indies in the World Cup curtain raiser at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Tuesday.

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