Be­lieve in the ball

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

It must have been a proud mo­ment for a coun­try like Pak­istan to have cre­ated the most im­por­tant ob­ject used in an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment like the FIFA World Cup. The Brazuca is Pak­istan’s key to re-es­tab­lish­ing its po­si­tion in the in­dus­try of sports goods and to re­gain­ing its foothold in the craft of hand-stitched foot­balls. While the FIFA World Cup was un­der­way, I read many com­ments, some of them quite hu­mor­ous, about the qual­ity of Brazuca. Peo­ple were afraid that it might rup­ture dur­ing a match, de­stroy­ing Pak­istan’s rep­u­ta­tion.

It’s sur­pris­ing that a large num­ber Pak­ista­nis didn’t re­al­ize that the ball had ac­tu­ally un­der­gone vig­or­ous tests by some of the top foot­ballers in the world. Also, Adi­das en­sured strict qual­ity con­trol be­fore the ball was ap­proved for the world event. My fel­low Pak­ista­nis should have a lit­tle faith in this mil­lion-dol­lar glob­ally rec­og­nized in­dus­try and re­frain from post­ing com­ments on so­cial me­dia that un­der­mine our coun­try’s name.

Saqib Mujeeb

Pe­shawar, Pak­istan

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