Karachi – Pakistan cricket leader Najam Sethi Thursday performed down allegations that the nationwide staff’s famous person pacer Hasan Ali overstepped the mark all through an look on the border the place he squared off with Indian infantrymen.
The viral video of the 24-year-old pacer on the primary border crossing at Wagah in Pakistan’s Punjab province over the weekend despatched shockwaves via social media within the subcontinent.
Right through the incident Ali puffed out his chest mimicking gestures made by means of Pakistani border guards and likewise slapped his thigh whilst staring down Indian safety forces, a gesture he ceaselessly does at the pitch after taking a wicket.
The efficiency used to be in large part cheered by means of Pakistani cricket fanatics however drew protests from Indian customers who slammed the show as jingoistic.
“No bro, simply no. Use your platform to do one thing positive, now not unfold hate!” one Indian fan tweeted.
On the other hand Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Sethi performed down Hasan’s antics, pushing aside makes an attempt to politicise the incident.
“Our nationwide cricket groups all the time pass to the Wagah Border for the flag reducing rite,” Sethi advised Pakistan media.
“It is unlucky that social media has given it a political color, what he did he generally does after taking a wicket.”
Hasan was the highest ranked one-day global bowler in world scores final yr following his 13 wickets in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph in England.
He has up to now performed two Checks, 20 one-day global and 16 Twenty20s.
Right through the similar rite on the border, senior batsman Azhar Ali presented extra conciliatory gestures, announcing he was hoping for eventual peace between the arch-rivals – who’ve now not performed a bilateral collection since January 2013.
“Peace is the way in which ahead,” tweeted the batsman together with an image, the place he posed with Indian and Pakistan forces at Wagah.
India-Pakistan ties, together with sports activities and cultural contacts, plummeted after the 2008 militant assaults in Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militant teams.
Delhi has suspended maximum bilateral carrying ties with Pakistan since 2008, with high-profile cricket excursions bearing the brunt of the moratorium.
They’ve, on the other hand, endured to play each and every different in multinational occasions just like the Global Cup.