Fawad Hussain, a Pakistan Minister, recently hurled some serious accusations against India. He told that the Indian sports authorities threatened Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that if they go on the tour of Pakistan, then their players would be barred from taking part in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). Hussain called it a cheap tactic on the part of sports management in India.
Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan was given a green signal after a security delegation gave positive feedback to the SLC. This will be the first instance when the Lankans would be playing a full-fledged bilateral series in the war-stricken nation since 2009. Back in October 2017, Sri Lanka played a solitary T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and all eyes will be on the upcoming games.
Karunaratne, Mathews and eight others back out of Pakistan tour
The series starts with three 50-overs games at the National Stadium in Karachi on Friday, September 27 followed by a three-match T20I series at the Gaddafi Stadium. 10 players, including the likes of Dimuth Karunaratne, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews backed out from the tour citing security concerns. After the move, Hussain slammed India for their influence.
Hussain took to Twitter and wrote, “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities.”
After the allegations, the Sri Lankan Sports Minister Harin Fernando cleared the air over the matter. He rubbished all the reports of India’s influence on their players. He stated that SLC respected the 10 players’ decision to back out and also mentioned that a full-strength team will be hoping to beat Pakistan.
He wrote, “No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan. Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision, we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full-strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,”
In the meantime, the Indian fans are lashing out Fawad Hussain for the harsh words. The users on the social media didn’t leave any stone unturned in ridiculing the Pakistan minister for the comments.
Here’s how the Indian fans reacted
It's Totally Fake News
Eska Matlab Pakistan mein koi Country cricket khelne nahi aata , To kya sabko India Mana karta hai ki waha mat jao
Aur Agar aap mante ho haan to chalo dekho India ki kitni power hai World Cricket mein.
— Narendra Modi fan (@narendramodi177) September 10, 2019
What an idea @fawadchaudhry .India is too mature to do so, but with u desiring it, we cannot disappoint you. @BCCI must now consider the personal request of the Pak Min and pass directions that whoever plays in PSL should be banned from IPL. How can we disappoint the you
— Maj Gen Harsha Kakar (@kakar_harsha) September 10, 2019
Do even Pakistanis believe this nonsense any more?
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) September 10, 2019
To your sports knowledge except Malinga no srilankan in the IPL 😂😂
— My Name is Aक्षಯ🇮🇳 (@Akshaykamat14) September 10, 2019
Pakistanis you are blessed to have such ministers , be blessed good luck
— Rahul saunik (@supersaunik) September 10, 2019
Only one SL player, Malinga has IPL contract though. But we’ll take the credit for it if you want 😹
— नम्रता (@_Namrataa) September 10, 2019
Grow up buddy. You have been chosen by your countrymen to look after their welfare, not for the foot-in-mouth disease you seem to be suffering from. Do ask those 'informed sports commentators' how many of those 10 Lankan players are playing IPL.
PS: #Vikram did land on the Moon! https://t.co/5QxjKlZkXF
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) September 10, 2019
You’ve a mirror at home? Go and see your country’s reflection in it. It’s gloomy and traumatic due to terrorism.
Baat karta hai!! https://t.co/HDJRnPC8nD
— A N U P R I Y A (@cricketwoman) September 10, 2019
Stop embarrassing yourself, CH Sahab.
▪️Remember the attack on Sri Lankan players by your home bred terrorists in Lahore, 2009?
▪️Only ONE of 10 players of SL team Lasith Malinga plays for IPL.
Fix your terror state then maybe players would not fear for their lives. https://t.co/CKByTdvzH1
— Danish Manzoor | ದಾನಿಷ್ (@TellDM) September 10, 2019
Sir likes of Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan are playing FIFA World cup 2022 Qualifying round matches and sadly because of our own doings Pakistan is no where in the picture – lets please first set our own house in order… https://t.co/1BdJvcc7bs
— altamish jiwa (@altamishjiwa) September 10, 2019
Only PAKies can talk without logic and facts. https://t.co/tU337l49j3
— Arif Mohd Kha⤴️ (@arifmohdkha) September 10, 2019
Good to know lunacy in politicians is equal both sides of the border.
These are the 10 players who don't want to tour. Only Malinga has an IPL team
Dhananjaya De Silva
D Karunaratne https://t.co/VyNDKMANFb
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) September 10, 2019
Result: Scientific (dis)information https://t.co/L58ruiFgNG
— Kamran Muzaffer (@Krick3r) September 10, 2019
Only Malinga plays IPL… 😂 #neverchange https://t.co/krPto2kQ5J
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) September 10, 2019
Sports to Space OR Space to Sports
😂😂😂😂 jo bhi ho, you are the best comedian I have ever seen. https://t.co/wkAhUUHDgW
— Chetna Kamble. 🇮🇳 (@ChetnaKambleP) September 10, 2019
Who are these informed sports commentators? Clearly they're clueless as to how many of these 10 have an IPL contract. This man is an embarrassment to his country. https://t.co/IlrD6LuMdi
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) September 10, 2019
Mr Fawad rather than blaming India why don't u concentrate ur country. Better u focus in ur country for removing terror activities. Think better rather than bad Mr Cho https://t.co/k59mOfsMy4
— Pragnesh Prajapati (@Pragneshnit) September 11, 2019
Please DM me the number of your supplier, Fawad. You clearly are smoking some good quality ganja. https://t.co/smeRCDRqQ7
— Vaibhav Vishal (@ofnosurnamefame) September 10, 2019
If its all about money for Sri Lankan players they might have from IPL, then Pakistan should have made them “an offer which they couldnt refuse”—
Raise the price. https://t.co/qosZuy2hPR
— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) September 10, 2019
Wonder if those informed sports commentators know only Lasith Malinga is an IPL pick from Sri Lanka these days. 🧐 https://t.co/eMcqPnz3b9
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) September 10, 2019
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