Yikes, not a good look for the nephew of a legend.
For the first time ever, the Quetta Gladiators won the title of PSL champion last night against the favourite to win, Peshawar Zalmi.
It was a wild night in Karachi as people took to the newly renovated National stadium and cheered on both teams for their efforts. Of course, Quetta fans left the happiest as they took the win back home with them last night.
And though it was a great night for cricket, it wasn’t the best night for cricketers.
Imam ul Haq, the 23-year-old player and nephew of cricket legend Inzamam ul Haq is being referred to as ‘Parchi’ after getting into a spat on-field with Australian cricketer, Shane Watson.
— PAK ARMY HAWKS (@kindawan) March 18, 2019
Allegedly, as Watson was walking off the pitch after being run out, Imam took the moment to disrespect the foreign player with unfavourable words in front of the entire stadium and the millions of fans watching on TV.
Since then, the young cricket star has been getting nothing but hate on social media for his actions.
What a pathetic behavior with shane watson 😔 shame on you @ImamUlHaq12 what are your contributions to the world cricket that you are acting like this with a world class player 😡 We are sorry @ShaneRWatson33 as a nation 😔 @TheRealPCB shld take action against him #QGvPZ#Parchi pic.twitter.com/FAwnxS81oJ
— Syed Safeer Sheraziッ (@SheraziSafeer) March 18, 2019
People are now referring to him as a ‘Parchi,’ calling him out for his immature behaviour on the pitch.
— 🌸🌸 (@h_sadia156) March 17, 2019
Shane watson is honourable guess while this imam ul Haq the #Parchi misbehaved with him he should be punished for that @TheRealPCB
Should react to it if whole country can see that they should also address this issue. pic.twitter.com/ikx4J9YHzy
— Salman Ali (@iamsalman110) March 18, 2019
#Parchi Mr. Perchi Please Respect senior players because your uncle will not be available every time for your support
— syed atif imam (@saimam1) March 18, 2019
— Angry Bird.. (@Bey_Fikrah) March 18, 2019
PCB should take a strict action against this Parchi..This is not a right way to humiliate an international player. They are showing some courtesy to play in your country and this is how u r behaving with them..
Shame on u!#Parchi
— Syeda Kanwal (@UrSarcaxticBae) March 17, 2019
— Usama Ch (@UsamaCh71456981) March 18, 2019
I think we should give a chance to Imam ul Haq to say "mujhe kyun nikala?" #Parchi
— میشا 🙋 (@blackstone154) March 18, 2019
— Zain 🤠🤓😈 (@chaaychahiaay) March 17, 2019
Shane so far has been a favourite in the league so far and with his presence on social media, it’s not hard to see why.
Darren Sammy and Shane Watson full swing in Karachi pic.twitter.com/wDnCeekaB8
— Syed Shahzad Ali (@Syedshahzadaly) March 10, 2019
People have also been apologizing to Shane on behalf of Imam’s behaviour and reaching out to him, thanking him for his involvement in the tournament.
— Toshi 🕋🇵🇰 (@Rana_Toshii) March 17, 2019
Thank you so much for coming Shane Watson
Watson is the man of tournament
We love you, we respect you
We apologize the whole nation for rough & rude behavior of Imam.#PSLFinal#QGvPZ #PZvQG pic.twitter.com/uZDdUyddzE
— Naeem Butt (@Naeembutt1982) March 17, 2019
Man of the Tournament: Shane Watson!
— FarrY Malik (Aarish)🇵🇰 (@farrydabest) March 17, 2019
Nowadays, following tensions with India and now more recently the terrorist attack in New Zealand, Pakistan has been put under a microscopic lens. We as a nation nowadays and always need to be putting our best foot forward. We honour our foreign guests from every background with all the respect we have. That is how Pakistan does it.
Imam ul Haq’s behaviour last night on the other hand, not the smartest and definitely not the most Pakistani thing he could have done.
Have you seen the backlash on social media around Imam? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Love you.
Cover photo source: @farrydabest/@Bey_Fikrah Via Twitter