Many crowds welcomed the winning team members Pakistan after a successful campaign in the Champions Trophy. Thousands of people have passed through different cities across the country as ten players landed after weeks of losses and increases in England. And thousands gathered outside the residence of Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who proudly held the trophy for his team by beating India in a one-sided final.
Pakistan celebrated its victory and it deserved. They won. But there is more to celebrate for a country that has long been frustrated by the inability of its players to be in tune with the modern game: the influence of extreme religiosity influenced by the presence of Jamaat Tableeghi has ended the decline.
Tableeghi Jamaat or TJ movement which was started in 1927 by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi India. Wikipedia describes TJ as “an Islamic missionary movement non-Sunni political world that focuses on encouraging Muslims to return to primary Sunni Islam, especially in ritual clothing and personal behavior.” The organization is estimated at between 12 million and 150 million (The majority in South Asia) and the presence of between 150 and 213 countries. It is called “one of the most influential religious movements of Islam in the 20th century.”
The cricket world had noticed a sudden change in the installation of the Pakistan team under Inzamam-ul-Haq, who took the captainship in 2004. Over the next three years until he retired players were actively encouraged to offer Namaz ) In its public totality. Cricket players have grown beards, thanked the Lord before the post-match speech and did not even spend much time in the gym perfecting their fitness.
However, TJ’s influence dates back to the reign of Waqar Younis as captain, who had led Saeed Anwar, who was in mourning for the death of his daughter. The smart workers left and then spent time recruiting team members inside their organization and religious transformation of a cricket team was underway.
The impact of Islamic practices on the cricket structure has long been a point of discussion in the Pakistani media.
Again in 2013, reported the Dawn of the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan in his book “The Cricket Cauldron” wrote about the religious movement in the team. At the 2003 World Cup, Anwar had told his teammate’s heavy applause that “the angels will come down and help Pakistan win the Cup.”
Pakistan was eliminated in the first round after winning only against the Netherlands and Namibia, Waqar was removed as patron and many of his other riots were withdrawn. Inzamam has backed in 2004 (after a brief step Rashid Latif) and under him, key players were kept cold as they did not fit the religion unconditional interpretation.
Inzamam led Pakistan to the 2007 World Cup and again, the team left the first round, this time to face the humiliation of losing to Ireland.
Pakistan’s performance began to come up short since 2003 and the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009 has still pushed things in Pakistan. No international team returned to play in this country, with the exception of Zimbabwe in 2015 limited series. As a result, the team suffered.