'Just don’t do it man' - Wasim Akram urges Indians and Pakistanis stop social media trolls

Following Pakistan's loss to England in the 20-20 World Cup 2022 final, Wasim Akram has urged fans to stop social media trolls.

Rohit Kumar
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Wasim Akram (Source: Twitter)

After a great fightback, Pakistan lost in the finals against England in the 20-20 World Cup 2022 on Sunday, November 13. Indian and Pakistan cricket fans took to Twitter and trolled each other. Wasim Akram reacted to this and urged Indian and Pakistani fans to stop this battle.

While speaking to A Sports’ cricket show, the former left-arm pacer requested cricket fans of both countries to show some maturity instead of trolling each other. 

“We should stay neutral. Indians are patriotic about their country, and I am fine with that, we are patriotic about our country. But instead of that, jalti pe tel daalna, tweet pe tweet karna (rubbing salt on wounds, tweets after tweets), just don’t do it man," Akram was quoted as saying on The Pavilion show. Former Pakistan skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq, who was also a panellist at the Show, supported Wasim Akram’s statement. 

We also have a certain responsibility: Misbah-ul-Haq

“You shouldn’t do this just for the sake of a few Likes. Cricketers, whether from India or Pakistan or any other country, we are all a family. So, we should respect each other and give our opinions respectfully. We also have a certain responsibility,” said Misbah in support of Akram. England lifted the 20-20 World Cup title for the second time, and this time under the leadership of newly-appointed skipper Jos Buttler. 

In the final, England won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan, batting first, were able to score only 137 runs for the loss of 8 wickets after the end of 20 overs. For Pakistan, the highest scorer was Shan Masood with 38 runs off 28 balls at a strike rate of over 135 which included 2 fours and a six whereas for England the pick of the bowler was Sam Curran who took 3 wickets and gave just 12 runs in his spell of 4 overs. 

While chasing a target of 138, with brilliant bowling Pakistan put England under pressure and at one stage England were 84 for 4 in 13 overs. But in the end, England crossed the line with the help of Ben Stokes which was accompanied by other batters. With Shaheen Afridi failing to complete his spell on the back of his injury, and England chasing a lower total, Buttler and his men eventually went on to lift the title.

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