As press conferences go, this was one of the more bizarre ones. “It won’t be a disaster even if we exit before the Super Eights,” said Younis Khan. “It would be sad if we don’t make it, but I have never attached too much importance to Twenty20 cricket, as it is fun cricket. I mean it is more for entertainment, even if it is international cricket. It is all for the crowd. Twenty20 is all about fun. Everybody expects players to come out and entertain.”
Interesting viewpoint. Last I heard, there was a World Cup on, the same competition in which Pakistan reached the final two years ago. Also, most of the Pakistani fans are not on IPL salaries like Younis was in 2008. The cheapest adult ticket at The Oval was £30, not a trifling sum of money. Was Younis implying that those fans, who cheered themselves hoarse all night, may have been better off seeking “entertainment” at the local cinema?
Oh, and next time you mention the E word, please live up to it. Watching Pakistan snooze their way to 137 was about as entertaining as watching a dentist extract teeth.