Vuvuzela mania reaches the UK as Lord’s ban the horn

By Rhys Hayward
vuvuzela (Photo: Coca-Cola)


Premier League beware, the vuvuzela craze has already reached the UK, weeks ahead of the 2010-11 season.

Anyone who tuned into Pakistan’s two T20 matches with Australia at Edgbaston this week will be forgiven for thinking they were watching another World Cup match.

Partisan Pakistani fans cheered Shahid Afridi’s side to a convincing 2-0 series win, not with their traditional ‘Pakistan Zinzabad’ refrain, but with the vuvuzela’s unique ‘beehive’ din.

Pakistani cricket fans are famous for their cacophony of noise during matches, but Sky commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd has led cricket’s vuvuzela backlash.

The former England coach posted this on his twitter account: “Question…if you were a pakistan cricketer, which would you want to hear. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD from 10000, or 10000 horns?”

The two sides now face each other in a two test series, starting at Lord’s next week.

And the home of cricket has already announced that vuvezela’s will be banned from St John’s Wood.

Replying to questions posed by Lloyd, and BBC correspondents Jonathan Agnew and Alison Mitchell, the Home of Cricket twitter account replied emphatically.

“Just to confirm, Lord’s is a vuvuzela-free zone.”

How MCC officials deal with those who will inevitably attempt to smuggle vuvezela’s into the ground could be of great interest to football chairman up and down the country.

What do you think of the vuvuzela phenomenon? Will it sweep the country during the upcoming football season or should football clubs move to ban the horn? Have your say below.


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