You might soon be forced to turn down requests for vuvuzelas while embarking on a trip to South Africa. The plastic trumpet that became the soundtrack of the FIFA World Cup and a rage world over has since been banned for by various sports bodies.
Close on the heels of UEFA and the South Africa's Rugby Union, the Champions League Governing Council, too, has given the plastic horn the thumbs down. "There is no doubt that the vuvuzela added to the atmosphere during the World Cup, but it is certainly not the sound of cricket," said Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola. "We have had various discussions with key stakeholders and we feel the vuvuzela is not appropriate for cricket."
Majola said fans, in any case, would be treated to non-stop music, dancers and cheerleaders. But could the decision backfire, like in 2007 when the ICC banned musical instruments at stadia in the West Indies? Irked, the fans largely stayed away from the World Cup. "Well, I don't think the ban on vuvuzelas will evoke such a sharp response. Traditionally, the horns have never been too big at cricket matches," said Derek, a presenter with broadcaster SuperSport. "Yes, they became a rage during the soccer world cup, but then they have always been associated with soccer. So, I don't it will make much of a difference."
The cricket goers, however, are a bit disappointed. "Well, I don't think you need to ban something," said David, an aspiring cricketer. "It was never going to be as big as in soccer, so the few spectators who wished to bring them in should have been allowed." While the horns are being banned in the country of its origin, people in India seem to have taken a great liking to it as vuvuzelas are in demand for the Commonwealth Games. So, it's up to the Indians now to blow the South African trumpet.