Sarfaraz Ahmed’s comments sparked a war between fans on both sides.
In India’s match against Australia, an unsavory incident took place. Indian fans started booing Australia’s Steven Smith who’s back in action after a year-long ban for being involved in a ball-tampering scandal. The crowd was otherwise consistently chanting ‘cheater’, directed at Steven Smith. The entire incident was pretty uncomfortable but the crowd quieted down after the Indian cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli motioned for the crowd to stop.
Later on, Kohli apologized to Steven Smith on behalf of the crowd.
Recently, when Pakistan team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was asked whether Pakistani fans would behave similarly during the upcoming Australia vs Pakistan match, he confidently denied the possibility. He stated that Pakistani fans will not resort to such tactics.
He talked about how much Pakistani cricket fans love the game and the players, and thus, wouldn’t do something of the sort. This was honestly just a sweet sentiment and maybe even a sound reminder to Pakistani fans on how to behave during the match.
Here’s a complete video of the same.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 11, 2019
But the comment wasn’t appreciated by Indians… at all. A lot of Indians were quick to remind everyone that the reason Pakistani fans won’t be booing is only because of the fact their own players have been involved in numerous high-profile scandals in the past.
Unlike Indians, Pakistani fans won't boo Smith: Sarfaraz
2000 Waqar 1st player to receive suspension
2006: the pak team was involved in ball tampering
N Match fixing is there in every paki players blood.
Hw can they boo wen their entire team is known to be cheaters?
— Kris (@saviourishere4u) June 12, 2019
Pak fans have already witnessed many fixers in their national team..so why on earth would they boo steve smith?.. are u conversant with this proverb "Jinke khud k ghr sheeshe k hote hai, wo kabhi pathar nahi marte"
— Prashant Mishra (@PM_0212) June 12, 2019
But some Indians were just plain offended at Sarfaraz’s comments because they disagreed.
Because they aren't done booing their own team players Da.
"Pak People Won't Do That": Sarfaraz Ahmed After Indian Fans Boo Smithhttps://t.co/fhyFYBSGtm
— Satish N (@minorkunju) June 12, 2019
Some rather unsavory comments were made.
Sarfaraz Ahmed "Unlike Indian fans, Pakistani fans will never boo Steve Smith".
— Neelabh (@Neeltweetsome) June 12, 2019
Even Sarfaraz’s English-speaking skills were ridiculed.
Frankly speaking Pakistani fans and Sarfaraz wouldn't do what Indian fans and Virat did.
They surely can't talk in English, can't even Boo in English.
SAD but true, the boys played well.
— ☠️👹👻👾👺 (@tweetiyapanti) June 12, 2019
Honestly, we can’t say for sure how Pakistani fans will behave in the upcoming match but we can only hope that they behave the way team captain Sarfaraz is expecting them to. What do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments.
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