Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has asked the fanatical fans of Pakistan cricket to not make abusive personal attacks on the players after a supporter compared the wicket-keeper batsman to a "fat pig". Pakistani fans have severely criticised the national team after its poor show against arch-rivals India in the World Cup encounter in Manchester.
A fresh video recently surfaced where 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.
Former Pakistan cricketers like Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja, and Wasim Akram have used their social media accounts to continuously criticise the Pakistan team unabashedly. They have been questioning players' performances, fitness levels and their intent to win. On this, Sarfaraz said that previous teams did not face such criticism as it was not so easy for the fans to put out their thoughts. He added that social media has become a tool for the fans to criticise the players, he added if previous teams faced such criticism they would realise how hurtful the fans can get.
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.
Sarfaraz added that the fans have the right to critcise the players and it's out of the team's hands to do anything about it but he also said that the fans should refrain from getting abusive as that has a psychological impact on the players. Sarfaraz pointed out that in a tournament like the World Cup players need to be at their best mental state to able to keep their cool.
Pakistan will face New Zealand today at Edgbaston in a must-win game.
(With inputs from PTI)