Former Pakistani cricket legend Wasim Akram took to Twitter on September 19 to urge people not to believe everything they see on social media.
In his post, he emphasized the harmful impact of fake news, which can lead to hatred and unnecessary conflicts. Akram’s message comes amid a series of controversial stories surrounding Pakistan cricket, including their recent exit from the Asia Cup.
In his tweet, Akram stated,
“People need to stop thinking everything on social media is true. The bad is always easier to believe than the good. Fake news, in our part of the world, ignites unnecessary controversies, sparks hate, and toughens the rift between us, something that both countries do not need anymore. Enough is enough!”
One of the recent controversies involves a quote attributed to Akram, suggesting that he questioned the performance of the Sri Lankan team in the 2023 Asia Cup final.
This quote implied that there might have been some behind-the-scenes ‘arrangement’ between India and Sri Lanka to ensure India’s victory. While Akram did not explicitly mention this, it is possible that his post was about this viral quote.
Another controversy emerged when reports suggested that Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s white-ball vice-captain, might lose his leadership position at the upcoming World Cup.
According to the Daily Jang, Shadab’s vice-captaincy and even his spot in the World Cup squad were in jeopardy, with leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed being preferred over him. Abrar, who has excelled in Test cricket, is yet to make his ODI debut.
Some speculated that his absence from Karachi Whites’ playing XI in a recent domestic match might be a precaution to keep him fit for the World Cup.
Pakistan’s early exit from the 2023 Asia Cup has highlighted several issues. Two vital fast bowlers, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, are dealing with injuries, and Naseem Shah may even miss the entire World Cup.
Reports also emerged of infighting in the dressing room following Pakistan’s defeat to Sri Lanka, with captain Babar Azam and seamer Shaheen Afridi allegedly involved in a disagreement.
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As Pakistan gears up for the World Cup, these controversies have raised concerns about the team’s preparation and unity. Their first match in the tournament is scheduled for October 6 against the Netherlands in Hyderabad.
In summary, Wasim Akram’s call to combat fake news on social media is a timely reminder of the negative consequences it can have. Pakistan cricket faces various challenges, including controversies surrounding player selections, injuries, and internal conflicts.
Pakistan must address these issues as the World Cup approaches to perform at its best on the international stage.