Pakistan’s legendary cricketer Shoaib Akhtar came down hard on the decision of the New Zealand Cricket team to abandon their limited-overs tour against Pakistan. The visitors called off the series in Pakistan abruptly without a ball being bowled, just before the first ODI in Rawalpindi over after a “government security alert”.
Several cricketers ranging from Shaheen Afridi to Shan Masood, to Mohammad Hafeez, have come out in support of the Pakistan Cricket Board. The decision of the New Zealand team has also left Pakistan former pacer Shoaib Akhtar fuming.
Recently, he took to Twitter and shared a picture that showed a fixture of the 2021 T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and New Zealand, which is slated to take place on 26th October 2021. Akhtar tweeted that this is the place where Pakistani cricketers should respond to the New Zealand players with their full might. Sharing the picture of the fixture, Akhtar wrote:
“Remember the date guys. This is where you respond to them with full strength,”
Here, check out the Tweet:
Remember the date guys. This is where you respond to them with full strength. pic.twitter.com/ZSDgsfUu7j
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 18, 2021
Meanwhile, the Tweet went viral in no time and was flooded with reactions from netizens on this. The tweet didn’t go down well with many, who started trolling the former cricketer for trying to create an unnecessary rift among the fans with his bogus warning.
24 ke baad TV bachega tab dekhoge na ye match
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) September 19, 2021
Bomb mat phodhdena bade bhai ??
— Kushagr Tiwari (@TiwariKushagr4) September 18, 2021
Listen fellow, we don’t threaten your life when you come to NZ. We treat you and Pakistan team with full respect. What you said the other day was shameful and we as New Zealand will never forget.
— Hugh Macleod (@HughMacloud) September 19, 2021
I find such commentary to be odd. If someone doesn't feel secure playing a game, due to evidential risks, you let them be. Empathy is the need of the hour, not an ego tussle. https://t.co/o0EsiRbkU1
— Akhil (@AkhilJinesh2) September 19, 2021
I still remember this when New Zealand won against India in CWC19 Semi final. Meanwhile, keep taking karz. pic.twitter.com/GIWqqosKge
— Mehul Anand (@Mehulanand07) September 18, 2021
It’s not NZ cricket teams fault. There were just following orders from top. Your just making them our enemy. It’s unnecessarily for you to say something like that. Wish you could think before you speak.
— Alli Malik (@AlliMalik07) September 18, 2021
Will it bring international cricket back to Pakistan? @shoaib100mph
— TaimoorRasheed_1 (@1Taimoorrasheed) September 18, 2021
Safety always comes first bhai.. ab tum logo ki cricket bachane ke liye wo bichare shaheeed ho jaye?
— khalnayak ? (@thethethepa) September 19, 2021
पत्थर फेंकने की प्रैक्टिस शुरू करने वाले हो क्या
— Laplace? (@illogical_7) September 19, 2021
Earlier, he took to his Twitter and reacted to NZC’s decision to pull out of the series. He wrote: “NZ just killed Pakistan cricket,”
Not just this, Akhtar went on to add: “Following points for New Zealand to remember: 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack. Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand. Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of Covid circumstances regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour.”
“This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed. Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart and assured but it was still refused. Pakistan has safely hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL.”
Here, check out the Tweet:
° This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed.
° Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart and assured but it was still refused.
° Pakistan has safely hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 17, 2021