How technology claimed Pakistan
With all the talk of technolgy used in sport the Pakistan Cricket team thought that they too would utilise some technological innovations to provide a boost to their efforts of winning the CWC. But alas, as we have witnessed with UDRS their experiment with technology also came unstuck (pun intended) in their group match against NZ.
When Kamran Akmal was asked about his two sleepers that he dropped he was quick to point out that instead of the untraceable superglue that was supposed to be applied to his gloves the support staff had coated his gloves with Teflon. The same Teflon that was going to be applied on all players so that no betting charges could stick against them. The reporters were not really convinced by this claim but an angry Kamran with his gnashing teeth could not be taken lightly and thus they let it pass. Kamran was also toying with the idea of patenting his drops so that he could charge Intellectual Property rights on all jokes made on them. He also claimed that he was disturbed by Shoaib Akhtar's attitude in the team meeting during lunch. Shoaib had vehemently argued with the team management's decision to let Kamran bat 1 drop. He said that 2 drop or 3 drop for Kamran would be fitting.
Shahidbhai claimed that the super glue was wrongly pasted on their shoes which made them immobile in the field and laden footed while batting. Younis Khan actually had to take his shoes off to walk back to the pavillion after being bowled. He further claimed that a drop of super glue had some how made its way in their brains as well which led to a collective brain freeze in the last 5 overs of their bowling. On being asked about Pakistan being a mercurial team he blew up. 'Mercuryal, Mercuryal.. All you guys keep on saying this about us. With so much mercury in the system our minds are being slow poisoned. This defeat is partly because of you journalists.'
He further added 'It's all a big conspiracy against our team. Thats why we don't want to play the quarter finals in India. Who knows how they will sabotage our next games? '
On further probe his allegations proved to be a figment of his imagination. When quizzed, the support staff said 'BC, its all fine to have technology and all but the instructions were in Chinese.'
Moral of the story - Learn to read Chinese