What does a sport/competitive tournament do to you? It brings out your real true self. We saw the same with Malala Yousafzai in the ICC World Cup 2019 opening ceremony on Wednesday.
A game of gully cricket was enough to show how the Nobel Prize winner took complete advantage and staged the superiority of Pakistan over India.
Context: There was a 60-second challenge in which Malala Yousafzai represented Pakistan and they finished above India. Malala said, “Pakistan, we were okay, not too bad. We came seventh. But at least we were not last like India.”
First up, how about we just leave cricket to the beautiful sport that it is and not get our Indo-Pak war into it? It should be easy to do that for someone who is literate and moreover, a Nobel Prize winner. We absolutely appreciate the work you have put in the education sector in Pakistan but why say something absolutely contradictory to your efforts.
You were invited by ICC to the Opening Ceremony to represent your country for a fun event, not to ignite tension between the two nations. Pakistan did score double the runs of India, yes. However, it was not a competition between the two nations, it was a fun fan event. We hope you understand that. The words “at least we are not last like India” show the kind of sentiment you share towards the country.
Cricket is supposed to be a platform that brings the nations together. Time and again we have seen them play the sport in high spirit. Please do not ruin this as well.
You also went on to say that there have to be more women in the cricketing world. I’m sorry, but we hope you do not bring them into the sport with this attitude.
Bottom line, it was just a fun event and there was no need to bring in the Indo-Pak tension. We hope you understand this and can look at India as a cricket team and not a foe. Please grow above the petty nationalism, thanks.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about it:
"Pakistan came seventh but India came last".
An essential condition for winning a nobel for peace is to rise above petty and hateful nationalism. You clearly don't deserve the award @Malala
Feel free to block me like you block anyone who points out your hypocrisy 😄 pic.twitter.com/zTGblTN0xn
— Monica (@TrulyMonica) May 30, 2019
You praise Pakistan, a nation where you can't go.
You demean India like a typical brainwashed Pakistani, yet India is a nation which you can safely visit.
Stop being petty and disgusting @Malala. pic.twitter.com/MGugFTKCfV
— VJ (@vinayak_jain) May 30, 2019