The Good,The Bad and The Googly; Pakistani journalist Asghar Ali Mubarak revisits his episode of Wills World Cup 1996 during the ICC World Cup 2019 trophy unveiled ceremony at Pindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi .
The ICC World Cup 2019 trophy was unveiled here at Pindi Cricket Stadium by former legendry Googly bowler Abdul Qadir on other day. Former skipper Salman Butt, M Asif, Kamran Akmal and other players were also present on the occasion.
“I still had some bad memories of the historic World Cup of 1996 during my journalistic career, when the world’s top players were in action in Rawalpindi. But I prayed that Rawalpindi again host a world cup match in future.
I am quite hopeful that Pakistan will win 2019 World Cup in England.While talking to media in presence of Mr. Shomeresh Shetty ICC markting & promotion officer and special representative for ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour 2019 world over. The Pakistani journalist Asghar Ali Mubarak shared his memories about the 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?” on 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 said that “My personal, professional and financial life was badly affected after that world cup 1996 incident. He claimed that he is still unmarried ‘’the woman he was going to marry had left him because she “did not want to be the wife of a buffoon” .Ali stated that “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 since 1996.Ali said if I got marriage in 1996 I might be father of 23 year old boy or girl. I am still single ‘”He disclosed during visit to India few year back, “I approached Aysha Siddiqui, the ex-fiancé of cricketer Shoaib Malik asking for her hand but he got no response from her. “He said that my personal, professional and financial life affected after that incidentThe 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. He said during his visit to India few year back, “I approached Aysha Siddiqui, the ex-fiancé of cricketer Shoaib Malik asking for her hand but he got no response 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. “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. The 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Trophy has arrived in Rawalpindi as a part of its worldwide trophy tour.The trophy displayed at Rawalpindi and Islamabad for public at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Faisal Mosque, Pir Sohawa, National Monument and then to last destination Karachi and from there, it will fly to Bangladesh.