Most of the Pakistanis can’t speak English fluently and rightly so, because it isn’t our first language.
While we Pakistanis often criticize our athletes for speaking broken English, former Australian cricketer and Islamabad United coach, Dean Jones has won our hearts after defending a fast bowler for trying to speak the language during an interview.
“Just heard an interview with a Pakistani fast bowler at the Adelaide Oval on Fox sports and I can say with a fair bit of certainty that I didn’t understand one word”, an Australian news journalist tweeted earlier today.
Just heard an interview with a Pakistani fast bowler at the Adelaide Oval on Fox sports and I can say with a fair bit of certainty that I didn’t understand one word
— Tony Tardio (@tonytardio) November 29, 2019
Jones had a perfect response to the tweet, telling him that Australian players don’t speak Urdu when in UAE.
English is their second language and our guys don’t speak Urdu when they are in UAE for matches when being interviewed.
He also said that that at least he tried to speak English during the interview.
At least they try Tony… English is their second language and our guys don’t speak Urdu when they are in UAE for matches when being interviewed.. https://t.co/XjBdh9SJKi
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) November 29, 2019
The reply won over a lot of Twitter users from not just Pakistan but across the globe as well, who are giving examples of other sports especially football where athletes are interviewed in their local languages.
Arguably the greatest footballer of all-time Lionel Messi doesn’t speak a word of English.
— Akshaya Bhatt (@akshaya_bhatt) November 29, 2019
Love you Professor Deano!
I'm an Indian but your reply cockled my heart no ends ♥️😊
— Javí (@futbolesqueAFC) November 29, 2019
Thank you for underlining that fact. In most cases, it is Urdu which is the second language. English is often a distant third language if at all. Pakistan is 220 million people and speaks 74 languages. English is merely a foreign language for us not a yardstick of any sort.
— Knicq (@knicq) November 29, 2019
Mr Tony they are paid to play cricket and not to give you interview.. If you genuinely wanted to know their views you should have taken the interpreter.. Bingo Deano.. Good shot
— Vaibhav Yelegaonkar (@catchvaibhav81) November 29, 2019
Very well said, Deano. In many of the Sports, there are Champion players who do not speak English. Unfortunately, since Cricket has been limited to mostly British Ex-colonies, de-facto expectation has become that people would be expert in English. Cannot be the case always
— SWARUP DUTTA (@swarup_d2005) November 29, 2019
English is my 7th language.
1. Balochi (100% fluency)
2. Brahui (90% fluency)
3. Urdu ( 80% fluency)
4. Farsi (60% fluency)
5. Pashto (60% fluency)
6. Punjabi (50% fluency)
7. English (100% fluency), moved to Canada at age 13.
8. French – learning now.
— B ZEHRI (@BZEHRI1) November 29, 2019
Hey Deano we love you so much and appreciate your these little things hopefully soon you will be coaching The Boys in Green 🇵🇰
— Imran Ullah (@imranchels) November 29, 2019
👏 well said. Have never understood why such a big deal is made of Pak or Ind players not able to speak English. They are doing so just to make those understand who can't speak their language. Kudos Deano
— Anurag Shriniwas (@anuragshriniwas) November 29, 2019
If I could choose between speaking English and playing Test cricket for my country, I would choose playing for my country every day of my life. These players make the same decision. There have been billions of people who could speak English. Only a few thousand Test cricketers.
— Najam Sahibzada (@SMNajam) November 29, 2019
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