Upset with the abusive attack following his team’s loss against India, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has asked the fanatical fans of Pakistan cricket to abstain from doing so. Recently a video of a Pakistani fan calling Sarfaraz a “fat-pig” went viral. In the video, the Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz was seen was walking in a mall in England with his son on his lap when a fan stopped him and asked why he was looking like a fat pig.
“I can’t say anything on this. It’s not in our hands to control what people say about us. Winning and losing is part of the game and it’s not that we are the first team to have lost a match; previous teams also have faced defeats,” Sarfaraz said after Pakistan kept alive their semifinal hopes with the win over South Africa in London.
“Had earlier teams faced the kind of criticism that we are facing, they would have realised how much these things hurt us. Now, there is social media. People write, comment and say whatever they like. These incidents affect the psychology of the players,” he added. Sarfaraz admitted that fan reactions after the loss to India hurt him, but he thanked those who stood by him and his team.
He also spoke about how he had found his wife crying in their hotel room after she saw the video and said that he hadn’t responded to the fan since he was with his son at the time. Sarfaraz pointed out that keeping his emotions in check had worked in his favour since the fans of India and Pakistan had spoken in his support after the incident.
“I remember going into my room and my wife, Khushbakht, was crying watching the video. I told her it is just a video and we have to bear with it because our cricket fans are very emotional,” he was quoted as saying by the ‘Jang’ newspaper on Thursday.
Sarfaraz is not the only Pakistani cricketer to have expressed his displeasure over the abuses. Earlier, Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Amir too had urged the fans not to indulge in personal attacks.
“While criticising, one must not abuse. Criticise us on our cricket but don’t get abusive with us,” Sarfaraz said.