The Bangladeshi cricket team broke into the big league by winning the series against India in their three-match ODI encounter held from June 18-24. That was indeed something to go wild like crazy in celebration for the people of Bangladesh. But that celebration crossed the border of pure joy and entered the realm of hate when Bangladeshi fans attacked popular Indian super-fan Sudhir Gautam.
Although a few saner voices in the country condemned the Sudhir Gautam-incident, it appears that beating India, nay, humiliating the larger neighbour is becoming an obsession in Bangladesh.
A leading newspaper in the country issued an ad spoof that is not only in bad taste but also insults prominent Indian players.
The advertisement, as reported by TOI, is of a fake cutter with Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman as the endorser. The bottom half of the ad bears the pictures of seven Indian cricketers – Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan and R Ashwin – with their heads half tonsured.
The message on the reads: “Tiger Stationery, Made in Bangladesh, Murtafiz Cutter is available in Stadium Market, Mirpur, Dhaka.“ The words on the banner held by Indian cricketers reads: “We have used it. You use it, too.”
Prothom Aalo is a prominent Bangladeshi daily. This spoof was reportedly published in the paper’s satire supplement ‘Rosh-Aalo’. But one cannot deny that such comedy is shameful and degrading to the spirit of cricket. It is not a question of Indian cricketers or India; it is about the game.
Even Pakistan never published such crass after their many historic wins against arch-rivals India. No Indian publication ever made fun of Australians in such a manner. It is, therefore, the fault of Prothom Aalo that it allowed the publication of such a distasteful material in the name of comedy.