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Pakistani cricketers condemn fan's insults towards Haris Rauf's family after T20 World Cup exit

Several Pakistani cricketers, including Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, and Ahmed Shehzad, took to social media to address the incident

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Jasleen Kaur -- June 19th 2024 05:27 PM
Pakistani cricketers condemn fan's insults towards Haris Rauf's family after T20 World Cup exit

Pakistani cricketers condemn fan's insults towards Haris Rauf's family after T20 World Cup exit

PTC Web Desk: Following Pakistan's early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024, a video emerged online depicting a heated exchange between cricketer Haris Rauf and a fan. The altercation reportedly ensued after the fan allegedly directed insults towards Rauf's family. In response, several Pakistani cricketers, including Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, and Ahmed Shehzad, took to social media to address the incident and advocate for respect towards players and their families.


Hasan Ali, one of Haris Rauf's teammates, emphasised the need to promote love, peace, and respect for the game of cricket. Through a tweet, Hasan Ali urged fans to maintain a respectful demeanor and refrain from engaging in personal attacks, particularly in the presence of players' families.




Shadab Khan echoed similar sentiments, condemning the behaviour of fans who target players and their families with personal insults. He stressed the emotional impact such actions can have and questioned how individuals would feel if subjected to similar treatment in front of their families.

However, Mohammad Rizwan's response triggered controversy when he mentioned the nationality of the fan involved in the altercation. Despite the fan clarifying his Pakistani identity, Rizwan's inclusion of India in the discussion drew criticism on social media for unnecessarily dragging another country into the debate.

Even Ahmed Shehzad, known for his recent critiques of Babar Azam and the Pakistan cricket team, spoke out against the incident. Shehzad emphasised that while fans have the right to criticise players' performances on the field, it is unacceptable to ridicule players or their families. He called for respect for players' privacy and advocated for constructive criticism focused on improving Pakistani cricket.

The disappointing performance of the Pakistan cricket team in the T20 World Cup, including losses to USA and India, has intensified calls for changes within the team from former cricketers and experts. However, the incident involving Haris Rauf's family served as a stark reminder of the line between fair critique and unacceptable behaviour. Despite the team's struggles, the players united in condemning any actions that disrespect players and their families, emphasising the need for mutual respect and decorum within the cricketing community.

- With inputs from agencies

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