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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Inzy the Spokesman

The United Nations recently announced that Rahul Dravid and Inzamam-ul-Haq have been selected to become spokesmen for ‘Sport for Development and Peace’. Dravid as a spokesman is understandable. He is intelligent, well-read and articulate. But the idea of Inzamam serving as a spokesman for anything has caused a a mad scramble among the jokes in my head to rush out of my mouth.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Inzy. I think he is one of the all-time greats and a really nice guy whose affable leadership has played a large role in taking away the war-like edginess from Indo-Pak matches and converting them into mere sporting contests. But his simplicity and what I can only describe as “cuteness” can be source for a lot of amusement as well.

I can just imagine him walking to the rostrum in the UN Building, and starting off “Bismilla Rahmaney Rahim, First of all thanks to Allah god”, and being surprised when a New York policeman nearby pounces on him, because that phrase has been marked as a chant a suicide bomber might use. Of course, no matter how burly the cop is, Inzy will shoo him away like a fly.

And no matter what Inzy is asked, whether it is about sportsmanship or peace through sports, he will probably say “Yes, the boys played is very well, but India also is played very well”. Of course, he will also be mindful of the law in Pakistan that makes it mandatory to bring up the Kashmir issue every few minutes when in the vicinity of the UN. So Musharraf could coach him to say “Yes, boys is played very well and India is also played very well, but peace through sports is not possible unless is core issue of Kashmir is resolved, keeping is in mind the wishes and aspirations of the is Kashmiri people under the ambit of the UNSC resolutions which is promises right to self determination…..” and so on.

As long as Inzy is there in New York, he may as well drive up to Toronto and have lunch with his old friend Shiv Kumar Thind. Wonder what will be on the menu?

And I just learnt of this through Google News - Bush met Inzy when he was in Pakistan!!! Can you imagine the possibilities?