World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed responds to ‘pig’ jibe, says abuses hurt players

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first_img Next World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed responds to ‘pig’ jibe, says abuses hurt playersICC Cricket World Cup: An unruly fan was seen hurling abuses at Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed when the Pakistan captain had visited a UK mall along with his son. The fan later apologised on social media for his distasteful comment. advertisement Press Trust of India BirminghamJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 15:32 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said personal abuses hurt players (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed said personal abuse can hurt the psychology of the playersIt’s not in our hands to control what people say about us: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz AhmedPakistan take on New Zealand in their 7th World Cup 2019 match on WednesdayPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed says incidents like the one in which he was compared to a “pig” by a fan are hurtful but there is nothing he can do to prevent them and can only plead for civility in criticism.Pakistani fans have severely criticised the national team after its 89-run loss to arch-rivals India in a World Cup encounter in Manchester.In a recent video that went viral on social media, Sarfaraz, walking in a mall in England with his son, was stopped by a fan, who asked him why he looked like a fat pig. The fan eventually apologised for his conduct after drawing flak from all corners for targetting the player during a private moment.”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.Pakistan have 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 is not the only Pakistani cricketer to have expressed his displeasure over abusive criticism. Senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik and pacer Mohammed Amir too had urged the fans not to indulge in personal attacks.advertisement”While criticising, one must not abuse. Criticise us on our cricket but don’t get abusive with us,” Sarfaraz said.Also Read | ‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeatAlso Read | Really? Excellent: Eoin Morgan responds to Kevin Pietersen’s criticism post Australia defeatAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Pakistan cricket teamFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019last_img

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