Mar 16, 2007

Is the ICC being colonial?

By forcing the use of English language on all teams? While I agree with the fact that it speeds up communication and saves time, for players and officials not comfortable with the language, it poses two problems:
1. They could be misunderstood and as a result, misquoted.
2. They will grow averse to attending press conferences

To be fair to the teams and players that prefer communicating in their own language(s), there is greater scope for expression and an experienced quality translator could always do well. Which explains Pakistan’s angst at not wanting to use English. But the ICC is a stubborn child too!

“They (ICC) have said that players should only speak in English at the
post match ceremonies as time is wasted when they speak in Urdu and
translation is done,” Mir said.

Let’s hope this doesn’t snowball into an unnecessary controversy.

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