Atherton recorded saying,” Can someone get this buffoon out of here?” Pak journalist Asghar Ali Mubarak revisits his episode of Wills World Cup 1996

News desk, February, 26, 2018


Atherton recorded saying,” Can someone get this buffoon out of here?” Pak journalist Asghar Ali Mubarak revisits his episode of Wills World Cup 1996

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistani journalist Asghar Ali Mubarak celebrated his post-match incident memories of Wills World Cup 1996,when England captain Mike Atherton lost his temperament called ”buffon” during the 14th post Match interview at Rawalpindi stadium Atherton was recorded saying,” Can someone get this buffoon out of here?” Feb 25, 1996 England vs. South Africa at Rawalpindi, Pakistani journalist celebrated his post-match incident memories here on other-day .Pakistani journalist Asghar Ali Mubarak briefed media men about that indecent that “My personal, professional and financial life was affected after that world cup incident. He even claimed that the woman he was going to marry had left him because she “did not want to be the wife of a buffoon”. Ali told media men here on other day that “the incident destroyed my life, my engagement was broken and now I have decided not to marry any Pakistani girl.” He disclosed that he still un -married from since Feb 25, 1996 and looking for a foreign woman for marriage .Ali said if I got marriage in 1996 I might be father of 21 year old boy or girl. I am still single ‘”He said during his last visit to India, “I approached Aysha Siddiqui, the ex-fiancé of cricketer Shoaib Malik asking for her hand but he got no response still from her. “
He said that my personal, professional and financial life affected after that incident. Ali later wrote a book in which he launched several personal attacks against Atherton entitled: Buffon; you or me? He even managed to include comments former South African skipper Hansie Cronje and Sri lanka great Aruna Ranatunga. The incident meant that Atherton always received feisty reception whenever he visited Pakistan. Michael Atherton walked into a post-match press conference during the 1996 Cricket World Cup after his team had just lost to South Africa by 78 runs at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. He had been dismissed for a duck after facing only four balls. The match itself had been poor with batsmen struggling to make big runs on either side. Graham Thorpe had top-scored with 46in the game.
During the post-match inquisition, one particular journalist, Asghar Ali managed to get under the skin of the England captain. After making several attempts, Ali asked a question on which Atherton was recorded as saying,” Can someone get this buffoon out of here?”
The story grew legs and the England Cricket Board (ECB) was forced to issue an apology on Atherton’s behalf.
Ali attempted to sue Atherton for defamation for Rs12 million (£6 million) on numerous occasions, but never even gleaned an apology for his efforts.
Ali says, “My personal, professional and financial life was affected after that incident.”
He even claimed that the woman he was going to marry had left him because she “did not want to be the wife of a buffoon”.
Ali later wrote a book in which he launched several personal attacks against Atherton entitled “Buffoon: you or me?” He even managed to include comments from morally-safe players such as Hansie Cronje and Arjuna Ranatunga.
The incident meant that Atherton always received a feisty reception whenever he visited Pakistan as England captain.
Ali told media men here on other day that “the incident destroyed my life, my engagement was broken and now I have decided not to marry any Pakistani girl.” He disclosed that he still un married and looking for a foreign woman for marriage .Ali said if I got marriage in 1996 I might be father of 18 year old boy or girl.
He said during his last visit to India, “I approached Aysha Siddiqui, the ex-fiancé of cricketer Shoaib Malik asking for her hand but he got no response still from her. “
He said that my personal, professional and financial life affected after that incident. Ali later wrote a book in which he launched several personal attacks against Atherton entitled: Buffon; you or me? He even managed to include comments former South African skipper Hansie Cronje and sri lanka great Aruna Ranatunga. The incident meant that Atherton always received feisty reception whenever he visited Pakistan.
He continued, “Later, I took the matter to Islamabad court in 2000, on which TCB, ICC and British High Commission were summoned and in response they submitted a written apology on the part of Mike Atherton, and the matter was settled,” he added.
He demanded that there must be some rule at ICC level under which players should be bound to respect others and punished for such incidents.

 

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