I am NOT a huge cricket fan. It confuses me and I don’t watch it as often as I should to really grasp it.
Nevertheless, I support the Pakistan teams as it is almost obligatory for a Pakistani passport holder to support them in cricket- informal law.
Everyone loves it and it is great fun to watch. And my family would disown me if I didn’t. My cousins have patiently explained the scores and methodology to me countless times.
I am happy just dressing up in country colours (I look great in green and white) and go along for fun.
That being said I am also a HUGE advocate for Sport in Pakistan. Women’s Sport, more specifically.
Not just football (am in contact with some of the women on the National football squad and have a personal interest) but I follow the progress of women’s kabbadi and the country’s favourite sport: cricket.
I blog about their developments and really do encourage any type of media attention. Lord knows there is so little of it and few journalists willing to cover their progress- with some notable excecptions.
Any type of advancement of women’s sport is amazing and can create role models and inspiration for thousands of young girls.
Just imagine what wonders could happen if well respected and accomplished male athletes might publicly support women athletes!
He is asked his opinion about recent Under 19 cricket trials for girls in Peshawar.
Lala’s reply (my loose translation): “Our women, our women are naturally good cooks and so they prepare wonderful food.”
When pressed on the issue he cut off the interviewer and said “Well, I answered. Women are great at cooking.”
The video was posted online about four months ago.
I am not sure whether ‘Boom Boom’ Sahib’s opinion has changed since then. Maybe it has. *not holding breath*
Sana Mir is not only an exceptional Sportswoman and classy Team Captain, she is leading the team to the ICC World Twenty20 2014 very soon and is so positive and hopeful about the future of women’s cricket in Pakistan.
As she should be.
Now only if her male counterpart wasn’t so dismissive of female athletes in Pakistan.
He is also the father of four healthy, beautiful, bright young daughters who might also have some incredible talent in their genes. Interestingly, has been lauded as a "doting and dedicated Daddy".
Although Afridi seems to adore his daughters, Pakistanis have already begun to pray for his male heir. Just in case his daughters cook but don’t play and someone has to carry the torch.
And for the endless and unparalelled blessings that come with a boy. #hijabdesk
Let’s keep in mind that Sexism is not specific to sports-loving communities of Pakistan. Gender preferences for male sports heroes and blatant sexism in sport is prevalent all over the world.
And it is ridiculous.
Why is not possible for women to make amazing dishes *and* be able to bat a Century or two?
I have scored from a corner kick before and then have gone home to make haleem for my family- by choice.
Why not? The young women of Pakistan are certainly more than capable of anything and everything.
And it is about time that their efforts are lauded.
Here is to hoping that the next generation of Pakistan’s sports heroes not only support their female sportswomen, but they salute and recognize their efforts. Insha’Allah.
“Women’s cricket is growing in Pakistan and it is important for the female population in Pakistan to be seeing the national team do well, and for us to be role models. It is great to see so many young girls taking up the sport not just in Pakistan but around the world.”- Sana Mir
*Thanks to my friend, Naheed Mustafa, for helping me with the specific translation of Afridi’s words, her intelligent humour and preventing me from breaking something due to my high levels of irritation after watching the video more than once*
Thank you, Zainab. :) We are all awesome. <3
would you join film director Ken Loach, Dr Nurit Peled, Dr Heidar Eid, Baroness Jenny Tonge MP and Football Against Apartheid signed the petition supporting Jibril Rajoub, Chair of the Palestinian Football Association, who said they will seek the EXPULSION of Israel from FIFA at the next FIFA Congress, and that he has the support of other Arab and North African nations. http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/asia/14122-palestinians-to-demand-fifa-expels-israel-and-say-they-have-support
Please sign the Petition and circulate as widely as possible across the world to gibe the Palestinian people the best possible chance of winning the motion at the FIFSA Congress in Brazil just before the World Cup: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/643/930/477/expel-israeli-apartheid-from-fifa-world-and-uefa-european-football/
There is no place for racism and targeted attacks on players.
Football is for all of us.
Many of you may have read this incendiary piece by Arab-American writer Randa Jarrar that appeared on Salon this week, condemning white women who belly dance. It’s part of a series of essays by feminists of color curated by Twitterati darling Roxane Gay—and if you’re not following her, remedy…
BEST PITCH INVASION EVER.
Absolutely ADORABLE stuff by Neymar at Brazil vs South Africa match.
Jumping in and and protecting a seven year-old who ran on the pitch.
And Davis Luiz with the cell phone!!!
THANK YOU JENNI HERD