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Zeeshan Abbasi. -Photo courtesy PBCC

BANGALORE: The captain of Pakistan’s blind cricket team, Zeeshan Abbasi, needed hospital treatment on Saturday after drinking cleaning fluid that he mistook for mineral water at his hotel in India.

Doctors examined Abbasi, a fast bowler who is leading Pakistan’s team in the Blind World Twenty-20 World Cup Cricket Tournament in the southern city of Bangalore, and pronounced him fit to play.

“The cricketer accidentally consumed phenyl” from a plastic bottle at his hotel in the city, doctor Naresh Shetty told AFP. “He mistook the phenyl bottle for a water bottle.”

Phenyl is a fluid widely used to clean and disinfect bathrooms and public spaces.

“We examined him and have administered some medicines. Abbasi is totally fit to play and has been discharged from the hospital,” Shetty said.

The 28-year-old, who made his international debut in 2000, drank the cleaning fluid, which was diluted with water, during breakfast, local media reports said.

The doctor added that police were questioning housekeeping staff about how the incident had occurred and that the hotel had apologised to the player.

Chairman Blind Cricket Council Sultan Shah called the event an accident and said it “will not become an impediment in Indo-Pak cricket relations”.

“However, what we want to know from the hotel management, who have orally apologised to us, is how such an incident happened and who is responsible for such negligence,” Shah said, according to the Press Trust of India.

Pakistan’s blind team defeated India on Friday by eight wickets in the Twenty-20 tournament.

The incident comes as India and Pakistan are gearing up to play their first cricket series since ties were broken after the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai.

India is to host Pakistan for two T20 internationals and three 50 over matches from December 25, beginning in Bangalore. Matches will also be held in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and the last game will be played in New Delhi on January 6.

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Tahir Rao Dec 08, 2012 12:37pm
That's not your fault. Many such isolated unfortunate events never necessarily represent country's value.
Jehanzeb Idrees Dec 08, 2012 12:47pm
I hope Abbasi is doing all well by now insha'Allah. Its not just about acid or soap when it could have been poison as well, its about the security of the team, which is entirely the responsibility of the relevant Indian administration. Lets see what the investigation brings out.
bilal Dec 08, 2012 12:48pm
this was no was deliberately long can some people get, if things like this continue to happen then i would suggest pakistan breaks off ties with india...if i was zaka i would've cancelled the tour to's shocking what just happened...just imagine if he was in a critical condition, then what? and what would the reaction of india have been had it happened to one of their players in pakistan? they'd have a proper go at us and after this incident pakistan should rightfully have a proper go at them too... PATHETIC !!!! shame on INDIA !!!!
Danish Khan Dec 08, 2012 12:48pm
This is a shocking, disgraceful and shameful act. Even if it was accidental, this is unpardonable. Just unpardonable. There needs to be apology and compensation for the player. Not to mention that the player should be given best of medical treatment. I am an Indian and have no qualms saying what I am. Humanity first, always.
Rafiq Ahmed Dec 08, 2012 12:48pm
If this had happened to the Indian Team Captain in Pakistan, the Indian Government and our wanna be liberal media would have immediately blamed ISI.
Vimal Dec 08, 2012 01:13pm
I heard the news in evening on CNN IBN and its mentioned that he drank Phenol a floor clearer,it was mentioned in the news he is out of danger and he is stable.
danial tariq Dec 08, 2012 01:14pm
Pakistan shd cancel their upcoming indian tour in protest. indian extremism
J.Sandhu Dec 08, 2012 01:15pm
I am sorry you feel that way. yes majority of Indians do not want contact with Pakistan, however, once the team is there, then they are our guests, I am ashamed we could not look after our guests. I am very sorry.
jawad Dec 08, 2012 01:29pm
sai kaha raj me from pak
jawad Dec 08, 2012 01:30pm
sai kaha ab pak team ko bhi tower nahi karna chahye
M A Hussain Dec 09, 2012 01:43am
Thank you Jinnah.
Suraj Dec 08, 2012 01:34pm
Letting aside the incident being accidental or purposeful, however this incident brings to light how fragile the relationship between two nations are.
Shaer Khan Dec 09, 2012 04:30pm
It sure sounds like it was the FAULT of the semi blind Pakistani captain. Come on Jinnah's newspaper, you can do better. If this would have happened in Pakistan to any Indian players , I am ready to bet my life that the heading would have been different.
Rashid Dec 08, 2012 03:39pm
Its a hotel in India, owned by Indians, hence an "Indian hotel". No body is talking about going to war, just simple plain investigation that usually happens after a crime. period. Relax, your Indian buddies would still think of you as a cool dude, someone who in their defense would consider a straight-forward heading as a racist comment even if it states the truth. Cheers.
Missy Dec 09, 2012 04:20am
Really?? OMG what a loss to India. What will India do now?
Hassan Dec 08, 2012 01:28pm
Utterly disgusting, inhuman act! Shame on those who poured acid in the disabled man's food. This shows the extent to which Hindu nationalists in India hate Muslims in general and Pakistanis in particular. I'm glad our forefathers had the wisdom to get our own homeland otherwise we would have been facing such hate crimes on a daily basis. Those who talk of peace between India and Pakistan live in a fool's paradise. There can never be peace between the two states! Proud to be a Pakistani!
jawad Dec 08, 2012 01:28pm
arey if same thing done here in pak ap log to hamara jeena hee ajeerun kar detay...all prayer for him
Vishal Dec 08, 2012 01:29pm
Pak blind cricket team captain discharged, says he consumed phenyl by mistake Bangalore: The captain of Pakistan's blind cricket team, who was hospitalised on Saturday after mistakenly consuming phenyl, has been discharged. Before leaving hospital, Zeeshan Abbas said that he had consumed the liquid by mistake and that no one had given it to him. Meanwhile, the hotel where the incident happened has apologised to the player. Sources say that the matter has been resolved. Police claimed that Abbas consumed the diluted phenyl in a hurry after a hotel cleaning staff left the bottle on a table by mistake. Team manager Bilal Satti, however, had alleged foul play. "It is a five star hotel. How could such an incident take place? What was an acid bottle doing on the breakfast table? I don't buy their explanation that it was kept on the table by mistake. I think somebody put the acid inside the bottle on purpose. The bottle was replaced," Satti had said.
asim Dec 09, 2012 04:31am
what do you think?.It should be raised in UN and security council and also go to International Court of Justice? We should also approach for OIC conference and a resolution should be tabled?
KER Dec 09, 2012 04:46am
When a bind person accidentally drinks from a carelessly left over table-cleaning detergent, and taken to hospital and sent back after symptomatic treatment by doctors without hospitalization - the incident is high lighted as purposeful acid feeding. The reactions clearly shows the India Pakistan cricket is not yet ready for resumption. Mishaps can happen again would only deteriorate the fragile tempers.Let us wait till mature relationship is possible. An attempt to build bridges should not result in bitter bridge burning.
TKhan Dec 08, 2012 02:50pm
Dr. Khan, you are paranoid! And need to see a fellow Dr.
Shubs Dec 09, 2012 04:56am
Excuse me? You're apologizing 'on behalf of your country'?? For what? Read the local papers of Bangalore. The team was not supposed to be having breakfast on the terrace where this occured. The housekeeping staff were still cleaning the place. This was an accident. The hotel has apologized. The staff member has come forward and apologized. Why are you dragging the entire country into this? And who gave you the authority to apologize on 'behalf of the country'????????
mr. righty rightist Dec 08, 2012 03:35pm
You are not?!!! What a loss for India. How can we ever recover from it!!!
Khan Dec 08, 2012 02:39pm
This isn't negligence either....this is intentional and should be termed attempted homicide, and investigated as such.
mahima dixit Dec 08, 2012 02:36pm
this is very Infernal incident i totally condemn this...there should be proper investigation if such an act has done purposefully then there should be taken strong action against the responsible people....if someone comes in our country it is our responsibility to protect them....
Shubs Dec 09, 2012 04:56am
Get a grip man.
J.Sandhu Dec 08, 2012 01:08pm
you are right, we are ashamed, sorry.
J.Sandhu Dec 08, 2012 01:05pm
I am very sorry, but the player should be compensated for his terrible ordeal he has suffered.
Jawwad Dec 08, 2012 02:33pm
Pakistan should respectfully cancel it's India tour. They tried to poison our cricketer man. This is a low low act one for the history books. Very shameful.
Indra Dec 08, 2012 02:32pm
Please read this before commenting Mr. Biswajith Chakraborty, the GM of Move N Pick hotel, told the media that the soap detergent was being used to clean window glass panes at the hotel. Mr. Abbasi consumed two sips, and later complained to the hotel management. It could not be confirmed if the liquid was placed at the team's breakfast table, or if Mr. Abbasi picked up the bottle elsewhere.
Shubs Dec 09, 2012 05:02am
For heaven's sake man, IT WAS NOT ACID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get a grip, use the internet, read news from its source, and you'll find that it was an accident. But of's Pakistan.
Vishwas Dec 08, 2012 02:39pm
Biswajit Chakraborty, General Manager, Movenpick Hotel, said, "Apparently this morning at breakfast there must have been a bottle of window cleaning detergent. By accident, the player must have picked it up, and then he was fine. And he deposited the bottle at the reception. I think the issue has been escalated more than what it should have's being made into a bigger issue." Due to play Bangladesh, Zeeshan went ahead to the grounds after the incident. But when he complained of soreness in the throat, he was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced normal. "Today morning at breakfast I drank some liquid which did not taste like water," he said. The coach of the team said that the the hotel authority had apologized and the matter had been resolved.
Fawad Dec 08, 2012 01:51pm
But Jawad the question is whether the same thing will happen to you when you guys come and visit us? Absolutely NOT!
Injun Dec 09, 2012 05:11am
Please don't visit. We don't need your kind.
Silajit Dec 08, 2012 01:50pm
This is horrible. Whoever perpetrated this needs to be charged with attempted homicide. Hope they catch the person. Every country has bad people. I'm looking forward to see how the incident is investigated.
Shubs Dec 09, 2012 05:12am
This new article, with a LOT of missing details is fertile ground for the conspiracy theorists of Pakistan to go wild. I almost fell off my chair reading a couple of comments which actually say that the incident was deliberate because the Indian team lost a cricket match to Pakistan in a tournament for the blind!!! 1. The bottle contained diluted soap, not acid. 2. The cricketer was discharged from a local hospital with the medical staff saying that he was not in any danger at any point of time. 3. The team was not scheduled to have breakfast on the terrace where this incident occured. The housekeeping staff was still cleaning the area. 4. The hotel has apologized. The concerned staff-member has apologized. 5. The media has had a field day. 6. Sorry to say, but gullible Pakistani citizens are being taken for a ride by conspiracy theorists who are having a field day too...after all it is their favorite pasttime. I won't be surrpised if Zaid Hamid dedicates his next show to this incident, and ties it to CIA, RAW, Mossad, Bin Laden's killing and Obama's election. Pakistanis need to live in the real world.
Awais Dec 08, 2012 03:48pm
dear that's the statement given by the hotel management, should one trust them? and i heard its a hotel of some repute..
Khan Dec 09, 2012 01:56am
But the people working there are Indians aren't they.
riz Dec 08, 2012 01:38pm
Shame on India
Omar Dec 09, 2012 02:25am
Don't let the act of bigots and haters override your better judgement. India or its people did not do it, maybe act of a few but a very few who are nobody and should be given much ink.
Shankar Dec 09, 2012 02:32am
Really sorry for what happened. We (India) should have taken care of our guests better. Thank God the cricketer is OK now. I cannot imagine the consequences if something had happened to him. This brings another question to mind. When there is so much mistrsust amongst us, should we really be palying cricket with each other?
nitish Dec 09, 2012 12:00am
No Sana ,It is not appropriate.We r really ashamed of the event and apologize for that.
abc Dec 08, 2012 10:15pm
I totally agree with you sir. Pakistan should boycott all cricketing and even business ties with india in protest.
Unnikrishnan Dec 10, 2012 02:44pm
I do find the India-Pak's obsession with cricket little too much. Why should the blind cricket to be promoted at international level. How dangerous will be to deal with the cricket ball for a blind person.
Rafiq Ahmed Dec 08, 2012 04:20pm
It is easy to blame an entire country for such an incident when that country blames Pakistan for every incident on its own soil. As for well off Pakistani "intelligentsia" (or rather wanna be intelligentsia) which keeps apologizing for any incident that is blamed on Pakistan and opposes any complaints by ordinary Pakistanis about attacks on Pakistanis, its hard to take them seriously.
Iqbal Dec 08, 2012 04:19pm
If this would be case with an Indian player in Pakistan then the whole Indian team would have terminated the trip and their media lashing out the whole Pakistan. I think Pakistan should take this matter seriously and ask team to come back.
Mohammad Dec 08, 2012 05:01pm
This is shame and remorse, on media also who is says "accidentally ". In a hotel things like this can't be "Accidentally". Very much regret on Pakistani media and government. They should protest and order inquiry. Definitely it is intentionally. Just think if same thing happen in pakistan with indian player, what will happen?
Khurram Dec 08, 2012 03:26pm
I have heard that blind people have high senses. I can't drink anything that smells different even if it looks water. How come this guy couldn't even taste and spit it? I don't buy into the story of this cricketer.
Player Dec 08, 2012 03:28pm
This is the same reason we dont send our teams to Pakistan
Asif Kashmiri Dec 08, 2012 08:01pm
what has been done to catch the Culprit. is indian Govt going to do anything at all? nothing am sure
Abdullah Hussain Dec 08, 2012 10:04pm
This was possibly an attempt on the life of a player. How come such dangerous disinfectant was kept in a place where it was thought to be water? Blaming a whole country is a habit of India as was done after Ajmal Kasab incident
J.Sandhu Dec 08, 2012 01:00pm
To all Pakistanis, I am ashamed we did not look after your players, I hope and pray he gets well soon. This is no accident, it is negligence and the police should invetigate this incident fully. No matter what is said or done, but I know that all Indians are truly sorry this has happened.
Guru Dec 08, 2012 10:22pm
I smell some phenyl. Blind people generally enhanced senses.other than sight. Phenyl has a distinct odor. I smell a rat.
Jamshed Khan Dec 09, 2012 11:50am
I find it hard to believe that this was just accidental. I have never found phenyl hanging around at random places/hotels..?? This whole story is a bit strange. Phenyl does not smell like anything else that one comes across everyday. Did Mr Abbasi not find the smell of the drink a bit unusual??
Zahid Dec 09, 2012 02:10am
Again we should not jump to conclusion . I am not an Indian and will not believe that Indians as a nation would willfully be responsible for this unfortunate incident. If this was premeditated then it is another example of evil seen on both sides of the border.Pakistanis should not forget the assault on the Sri Lankans in Lahore. That was not perpretated by the Pakistani people. Let the judicial probe continue and if it is found to be accidental ,then it is a business transaction and requires appropriate compensation.
Jamil Dec 08, 2012 04:52pm
I totally agree with you.
Bikram Dec 08, 2012 05:03pm
its horrible that a five star hotel staff did this mistake.
Usaama Dec 08, 2012 05:41pm
We are an emotionally driven people, no doubt about that but the thing to ponder upon is that if this thing happened in Pakistan, there would have been an ICC investigation, threats to cancel tours and lot of bashing aimed towards us.
sampath Dec 09, 2012 07:26am
Totally agree Jehanzeb Idrees. Firstly I condemn the callous attitude of this hotel staff. They must be made to pay a price for this so it does not happen to any other blind person Indian or Pakistani. There is a report in a bangalore daily that both the housekeeper and the supervisor have been dismissed from service. There is apparently CCTV footage showing how the player came up to the staff to complain and how they offered him medical help etc. The police also should properly investigate to see if there was a psychopath amongst the staff who did this before giving a clean chit. Truly most Pakistanis will understand that this is not something that the system or society condones or supports. As an aside you people should check with misbah-ul-haq how the crowd reacted when he went out to bat for the Bangalore Royal Challengers at the chinnaswamy stadium. I was looking around the stadium saying this is not happening a Pakistani cricketer getting this many cheers. Also I was next to the Pakistani 'Chahcha' (the bearded guy) while watching the most recent India and Pakistan test match at Bangalore and he seemed to be having a good time. The point is please stop being emotional and be rational. Yes that applies to Indians too!
Asim Dec 09, 2012 06:49am
There is no point being a racist here buddy!
Bong Dec 09, 2012 06:31am
Thank u sir!!
Bong Dec 09, 2012 06:27am
"Without a Doubt" - Opinions I say!!
Manoj Dec 09, 2012 06:22am
It is negligence on part of Pakistan cricket Team manager Bilal Satti who didn't prevent Zeeshan Abbasi from consuming Phenyl,It was not the negligence of hotel authorities. Bilal Satti is covering up his inefficiencies by blaming the hotel authorities.
Bong Dec 09, 2012 06:33am
Bravado indeed!!
Guest Dec 08, 2012 09:55pm
Raja Dec 09, 2012 06:33am
I endorse your view. Pakistan should never visit India. - An Indian.
Adnan Dec 09, 2012 03:45am
Lets not assume things, wait for the investigation report. Tour should continue, but the team should be assigned extra security.
Pradeep Kumar Dec 08, 2012 06:24pm
I fully agree.You guys must not come to India. We just don't like you-plain & simple
Mj Dec 09, 2012 02:56am
I am an indian and I dont want pakistani players playing on our soil.We are against any cricket series with pakistan.
Mj Dec 09, 2012 02:51am
My indian brothers ,there is no need to apologise.This is all pakistani drama to blame india.
raj Dec 09, 2012 02:49am
I am a Bangalorean and I can say that it was purely accident as I myself spoke to people related to Hotel as they live near my house ,but surprised by some of the immature comments from pakistanis saying that human rights ,taking back their team or nit not to send cricket team ...
aku Dec 09, 2012 06:58am
I believe it is a negligence by somebody, but a very dangerous one indeed. Official apology should be expected. God forbid if this would have happened in Pakistan, everybody would blame it on Taliban.
Wasim A Dec 08, 2012 09:09pm
Indians never accept Pakistan or our way of life. We should not beg them like PCB does. Where is our self respect?
Ahmed Sultan (Mumbai) Dec 09, 2012 06:50am
Well then call back your team, but they wont go because money is here.
Ahmed Sultan (Mumbai) Dec 09, 2012 06:52am
Then why do your people keep coming here, call everybody back call rameez raza and waseem akram, adnan sami and others also
Khan Dec 08, 2012 07:51pm
Go to India and logic with them, then write your experience.
raja hindustani Dec 08, 2012 07:51pm
Phenyl is not acid (as mentioned in some comments) but disinfectant liquid used for cleaning purpose. Though, being an Indian this incident is very embarrassing, specially if it happened to any foreign guest. But, we should take it as accident only. Please do not try to search conspiracy theory angle into this. Even though India-Pakistan relation is in bad shape but in India, we consider "guest as GOD". Though if is happened due to negligence of any person, he/she should be punished no matter what.
Faryad Dec 08, 2012 03:15pm
It is not appropriate to blame India for an act by an individual. I am amazed how easily we blame to whole country for the crime of one while at the same time telling the world not to think of all Pakistanis as Talibans.
Quaid Dec 08, 2012 02:14pm
Shame on that Indian and not on India
Bong Dec 09, 2012 06:28am
Mat tour kar yaar !!
Muhammad Farooq Dec 08, 2012 05:18pm
looks like an act of a jealous person having grudge against Pakistani side. The matter should be investigated into, and he person(s) found guilty should be tried in the court of law and punished. This unfortunate incident should not affect the growing relations between the two great neighbors.
Sana Dec 08, 2012 03:11pm
PCB should not send Pakistani cricket team to india...
mo Dec 08, 2012 03:05pm
The outraged comments of the semi-literate people of Pakistan are quite comical; particularly as this is the same country that tried to blow up the Sri Lankan cricket team during their visit to Pakistan in 2009.
Notebook Dec 08, 2012 02:09pm
Your true liberal Pakistani,Thank you my dear friend for your consolation, but such things are quiet common in Pakistan and appears to others especially India as a country's values.
Suman Dec 09, 2012 12:35pm
I think Pakistanis are making fuss out of these small incidents why occurred by accident of their own(Team manager) negligence,its time for India to ban Pakistan from coming and playing in our country and creating high drama,we don't need such people.
TKhan Dec 08, 2012 03:01pm
Whereas I feel horrible about this accident and pray about healthy recovery of Mr. Abbasi, I am wondering about Mr. Abbasi's sense of smell before sipping and consuming a contaminated beverage? Can someone shed some light on it? Also, the incident must be fully investigated and and culprits should be punished. However, making this incident a conspiracy between Pakistan and India is basically fanning the existing hostilities. Find out the facts and take the high road.
Asim Dec 09, 2012 06:47am
Mr. Sandhu, Nobody needs to be ashamed of it. And nobody needs to apologise except for the hotel management or the culprit if it was done deliberately. This can happen anywhere in the world.
malaydeb Dec 08, 2012 02:19pm
Very well said. But such voices of reason are rare. Meanwhile pray for Abbasi's speedy recovery.
زید أتباع محمد ظہیر Dec 08, 2012 12:22pm
as a Pakistani I feel it is racist to "label" or "tag" this as an "Indian" hotel. Dawn should have more sense #Jinnahkeeakhbaar !
زید أتباع محمد ظہیر Dec 08, 2012 12:20pm
Indian hotel! yeah the hotel is basically "indian" out to kill "Pakistanis". Lets go to a war on this now shall we! its a hotel. period. not indian.
Dr Khan Dec 08, 2012 12:04pm
This is why I would never visit India! Not in a million years!
Ishu Dec 08, 2012 12:02pm
As an Indian, I feel truly embarrassed. Acid bottle shouldn't be at the breakfast table no matter what. This should be investigated and if done intentionally, culprit should be punished. I have no sympathy or support for bad people anywhere. I pray the player recovers soon.
Tauseef Dec 08, 2012 11:42am
He was blind but blind people can smell things too. Soap has its own smell while acid(if in diluted form) lose its odour after sometime. One should not go with what the media feeds, one can use his own intellect to arrive at any position regarding any case.
Nat Dec 08, 2012 11:38am
It was not a 5 star hotel. It was a soap star hotel or a soap opera or soup opera?
Nat Dec 08, 2012 11:33am
Action of some nuts, doesn't reflect the feelings of whole nation. Majority of them might be against Pakistanis playing there, but the majority I have been in contact with, will definitely not stoop so low.
raj Dec 08, 2012 11:32am
This is disgusting and very shameful act.
Adnan Dec 08, 2012 11:27am
stop begging them to play you
(Dr.) B.N. Anand Dec 08, 2012 11:25am
This is indeed shocking and disgusting, especially when such an incident/accident happens to a person who is deprived of nature's blessings in this regard. The hotel management besides the security staff must be taken to task for such casual attitude in taking care of our guests from across the border. Wish a quick recovery to the captain. BNA
abid khan Dec 08, 2012 11:21am
Tehmina Dec 08, 2012 11:16am
It is always difficult for India to accept defeat, when it comes to Pakistan. This was a very dangerous way to show its we all know, who is more tolerant, and who has good sports man spirit. if this incidence had happened in Pakistan, India would have got Pakistan banned forever and ever.
AA Dec 08, 2012 11:15am
Without a doubt, I can say this was no accident.
Chaudhry Dec 08, 2012 11:13am
Suppose the reaction of liberals and media if this has happened to indian team captain in Pakistan.
Deepak Dec 08, 2012 11:05am
i am sorry on behalf of my country. I am ashamed for what happened. For what ever the apology is worth accept it.
Anony Dec 10, 2012 05:34pm
Why is it a shame? Couldn't the hotel staff have placed that bottle? It's a shame that people like you point fingers at Pakistanis without any proof or investigation.
arpan Dec 08, 2012 10:55am
In India cleaning staff uses mineral water bottles to keep soap solution. There is a hole in the cap through which soap solution oozes out and is used to clean floors and furniture. It is probable that a bottle was mistakenly left on the table. It is also possible that someone left it by design on the table. I support an investigation in which Pakistanis should also be involved. This is a shameful incident and a thorough investigation is warranted.
Anony Dec 10, 2012 05:32pm
really? LOL So the hotel staff should not be interrogated at all??? Maybe they were the ones who placed the bottle there in the first place?
Anony Dec 10, 2012 05:33pm
Unfortunately the hotel staff, who probably were angry at the loss at the hands of Pakistan, placed the bottle next to the player deliberately. Stop jumping to conclusions, as if you know the whole story.
Krs Dec 08, 2012 10:49am
Sincere apologies from us Indians. No one in the right sense would resort to such a heinous act ,whether to the blind or to normal human beings. Goes without saying , such instances however rare they may be , are not representative of our feelings and attitude to Pakis.
Ahsan Rizvi Dec 08, 2012 10:34am
Indians have dented their reputation by doing such a disgraceful act and honestly i was not expecting the Indians to go that low.
suspicious Dec 08, 2012 10:34am
i smell some dirty conspiracy...
observer Dec 08, 2012 10:31am
Imran, we are a nation of apologists. Don't expect anything will happen on this issue. Our cricket chief sent a 'get well soon' message to Bal Thakray a few weeks ago. I fail to understand what PCB would have gained by wishing BT well. Wasn't it better to just be quiet. It seems people at the helm of cricket affairs have no sense of responsibility and are ignorant of sensibilities of a nation and are good at further embarrassing an already defeated and low-spirited nation. Shameful. Insensitive. Totally non-honorificabilitudinitatibus. An insult to tax payers on whose money the PCB runs. Is PCB chief polishing his skills of diplomacy? Is he the next ambassador to England or France?
shuaib Dec 08, 2012 10:26am
Had it been in Pakistan, with any team, world would have turned upside down by now!!!
Nadia Khanum Dec 08, 2012 10:15am
It might be an attempt to stir trouble by the right wing in India, given that Pakistan is going to play after a long time in India. It is subverting the improving relations. Indian authorities must investigate it thoroughly to come clean and punish the culprits so our relations are not jeopardized.
Awais Dec 08, 2012 10:08am
show some guts and come back home
manghirmalani Dec 08, 2012 10:09am
Shocking- What was acid kept in first place General Manager and owner should be arrested
VARUN(MUMBAI) Dec 08, 2012 10:06am
Guys.... it was a diluted soap solution wherein scope of fatal outcomes are very thin. However this should not be an excuse.The house-keepers should be terminated & booked under law for such blunder
hinduismglance Dec 08, 2012 10:05am
I am feeling extremely hurt by this behavior of the hotel staff.There must be an independent investigation.There must be a standard rule given to hotel staff by the government to avoid such shameful events in future.
MAH, Abu Dhabi Dec 08, 2012 10:02am
people from across border usually comment quite enthusiastically passing judgements on everything Pakistani ... interesting to note the silence now!
Leftist Dec 08, 2012 10:02am
Dear Indians, is this the way to treat your guests? is this the way you treat your disabled ?? I am disgusted
Afridi Dec 08, 2012 10:01am
Fact is It was not acid but a soap solution kept on the table which is use to clean the table.
MAH, Abu Dhabi Dec 08, 2012 10:00am
why has dawn edited my comment so now the whole message is changed!
Jawad Hussaini (@SJawadHussaini) Dec 08, 2012 09:44am
Monty Dec 08, 2012 09:41am
Indian cannot take defeat, like men.
arslan Dec 08, 2012 09:40am
What kind of sick minded people are there in India, trust me if that had happened with an Indian player in Pakistan, Indian war hysterics might have started talking of a surgical strike!
ift Dec 08, 2012 09:33am
Its terrible. If it so happens in a five star hotel. God take care of the rest. It is simply a criminal act.
Tausif Dec 08, 2012 09:32am
What a Soft story by DAWN!!! If Taliban has done it to the Indian or the Pakistan team, I am sure DAWN Newspaper would have by now written 10 Editorials apart from minute to minute live updates. What a shame! It is a grave incident!
Indian Dec 08, 2012 09:21am
Its unnatural for a acid bottle to be given to blind instead of mineral water.Yes Investigation has to be conducted and truth should be ascertained whether a conspiracy was hatched by some one.I think innocents should not be confused for terrorists.The cricketers are come into India in a legal way having visa permission from government of India.Some of the Indians have to be educated that all Pakistanis are not kasabs or hafeez syed, osama bin laden or mullah omar. As an Indian I pray for his health and speedy recovery to god.God bless him and give peace to his parents.I ask all Indians to pray for his health and recovery. I also want to ask Chairman Blind Cricket Council Sultan Shah where was he and what was he doing when the unfortunate incident took place.
skeptic Dec 08, 2012 09:15am
this needs an international independent investigation
skeptic Dec 08, 2012 09:09am
thank you for the hospitality the righteous ones.
Imran Dec 08, 2012 09:12am
Even if he was not blind he probably could not have told the difference. So much for aman ki asha. I dont think Pakistan's team should be going to India this month. Obviously they are not welcome there. If they feel they must go then they should take their own bottled water with them.
yahah Dec 08, 2012 09:03am
thanks god we are in Pakistan. Shame on your Indians, pinioning a blind man.
MAH, Abu Dhabi Dec 08, 2012 09:02am
all prayers for Zeeshan ... these are the people who need to be cared for.
Quaid Dec 09, 2012 10:52am
Not a mature comment
Saqib Dec 09, 2012 11:02am
Yeah, in a mineral water bottle my innocent friend.
Real Pakistani Dec 10, 2012 10:18am
we know the difference between acid and phenyl. and more importantly we know the difference between two faced people.
vastav Dec 10, 2012 09:36am
There is nothing wrong with Indians it was Pakistan cricket Team manager Bilal Satt,he should take the responsibility for this incident he didn
Indian Dec 09, 2012 08:07am
I think dude thought it was whiskey. Phenyl has enough smell to warn a blind guy.
Imran Dec 10, 2012 08:17am
Very weak argument. By that measure, should Indians have a country at all?
golu Dec 10, 2012 08:18am
he looks very handsome!
Lasith Dec 10, 2012 07:37am
Blind cricketers are like children who have to be taken care properly.But unfortunately the Team Manager of the Pakistan Blind cricket team who was not disable(had eyes)did not take care of them properly.
Kiran Dec 10, 2012 07:32am
Its shame on the part of Pakistani captain and team manager to blame India for their own mistakes.
vastav Dec 09, 2012 03:39pm
Pakistan cricket Team manager Bilal Satti should take the held responsible for this incident he didn't look after his blind cricketers.
Rashid Dec 09, 2012 07:45pm
For What?
Vishnu Dutta Dec 09, 2012 07:55pm
First of all, there is no excuse for the hotel management for committing such a blunder with any human being who cant see properly. Its more embarrassing when it happens to a guest. Secondly, i laud dawn for producing the name of the chemical. Other pakistani newspapers are reporters are claiming that he was given a glass of acid. Know the difference between pheynl an acid people. No wonder agha waqar is a hero over there.
meow Dec 09, 2012 05:44pm
strange things happen to Pak cricketers, bob woolmer murder was one extreme and firing on bus carrying cricketers in Pak is another, all kinds of controversies are possible from thousands go missing wo come to watch cricket and this drinking phenyl again surprises me. Should PAK have a cricket team at all?
skeptic Dec 09, 2012 06:00pm
i quite agree it would be a nice gesture for the Indian captain and the Indian manager to apologize to their nation and may i add to the Pakistani nation as well.
Vinod Dec 09, 2012 04:41pm
Its time for the Captain and Team manager to apologize to the Indians for their mistake immediately.
skeptic Dec 09, 2012 04:09pm
and the feeling is mutual
Rajagopal Dec 09, 2012 03:48pm
Dear Dr. Khan, Hearing you say the above words is like a sweet Khusboo wafting through my nostrils. Why do not all pakistanis think like you? May your tribe be blessed and may they increase. :-) Your Brother from India.
Adnan Dec 09, 2012 03:45pm
Classical Indian response. No remorse, straight on the offensive.
Jinnah Dec 09, 2012 03:41pm
I was wondering when someone would bring that up. I'm glad you got that off your chest.
Jinnah Dec 09, 2012 03:39pm
Welcome any time