Saturday, March 13, 2004

BBC Disses The English Again

England cricket follower ? Looking for live BBC radio coverage of the Windies series today ?

Forget it. They weren't prepared to go head to head with Talk Sport for the rights.

Of 'Asian Heritage' ? Failed Tebbit's cricket test ? Ball by ball coverage of Pakistan v India ?

No worries. Live coverage as I type, on the BBC Asian Network. Pakistan are chasing 350 and it's going to be close, though India have the edge.

Still, it's nice for an oppressed minority, subject to all kinds of violence and abuse from the majority population, living in a land where the State religion automatically discriminates against them, to have something like this to celebrate.

I'm not talking about British Asians of course - I mean Pakistani Christians.

Devout Catholic Yousuf Youhana's brilliant 73 from 69 balls (including four sixes) is the highlight of coverage so far. Must get back for the finish.

PS - Latif's blog is worth a read.

UPDATE - India won a nailbiter by six runs. As a cricket lover I shall be listening to the whole series, but in what other country would the national broadcaster devote such time to meeting the needs of people who support a foreign rather than the national team ?

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