Pakistan’s spearhead, Mohammad Amir has urged Pakistan cricket fans to not abuse players, though he welcomed criticism and hoped that the team will bounce back in the World Cup.
The Men in Green have put up a poor show so far in the tournament, where they have registered just one win against England, while suffered thumping defeats against West Indies, Australia and India, while their match against Sri Lanka was washed out.
Pakistan team attracted severe criticism for the way they played against the arch-rivals, where the fans could not see the intent needed to beat a top-class team, eventually losing it by 89 runs by D/L Method. There are news regarding lobbying in the team and certain players are not supporting the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Players, including the joint leading wicket-taker Amir, have voiced against the fans and pundits, who have been extremely harsh on them and appealed them to not be abusive.
Pls dont use bad words for the players yes u guys can criticise our performance we will bounce back InshAllah we need ur support 🙏🙏🙏
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 17, 2019
On the other hand, Azhar Ali, who took retirement from ODI cricket earlier, asked experts on media to think before they speak.
Have we lost it very unfortunate. Media and people who make comments plz think before you say anything. https://t.co/hA0t21csLM
— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) June 17, 2019
The veteran all-rounder, Shoaib Malik has been under the firing range, he has failed miserably in the tournament so far, scoring two ducks and 8 runs in the three games he has played. He is being held responsible for the split in the side and criticized for showing lack of effort as the senior player. He is also being questioned for hanging out with his wife and other players ahead of the key clash against the neighbours.
He also asked media to not drag his personal life in the criticism.
On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It’s not a nice thing to do
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) June 17, 2019
Pakistan will now face South Africa in their next World Cup encounter on Sunday at London.