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Channel mocked over broadcast of Twitter poll in which Imran Khan beat Virat Kohli

On January 12, the International Cricket Council's Twitter handle asked its followers to vote for their favourite captain of a cricket team.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 15, 2021 11:05:27 am
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A Pakistani news channel was mocked on social media after it showed as breaking news the results of a Twitter poll in which the nation’s prime minister Imran Khan beat Virat Kohli.

On January 12, the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Twitter handle asked its followers to vote for their favourite captain of a cricket team.

The poll was aimed at highlighting how the individual performances of some players improved after they became captains.

The options were Indian skipper Kohli, ex-Pakistan skipper Khan, Australia’s Meg Lanning, and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

“Captaincy proved a blessing for some extraordinary cricketers. Their averages improved as leaders. You decide which of these ‘pacesetters’ were the best among these geniuses!” ICC wrote in a tweet.

Though a close contest, Khan won with 47.3 per cent of the votes, while Kohli finished with 46.2 per cent of the votes.

ARY News telecast the results of the poll as breaking news and also got veteran Pakistani cricketer Abdul Qadir to speak on the results of the poll.

Journalist Naila Inayat tweeted the footage and wrote: “Breaking News”.

Watch the telecast here:

Here’s how people reacted to the clip:

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