Pakistan’s failures against the USA and India in the T20 World Cup 2024 have confined the team to the first round, leaving fans significantly upset over an uncalled loss to the inexperienced host team and a defeat in a winning position against their traditional rival.
Victories against Canada and Ireland proved futile, and following this embarrassing performance, national cricketers are facing widespread criticism.
Former players are openly criticizing, and the anger of fans on social media shows no signs of abating. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anticipated such a reaction, but allegations of match-fixing have further troubled the players.
Sources revealed that some YouTubers and journalists have recently discussed these allegations, which have also been highlighted by the Indian media. However, according to team sources, there has been no report of any player being involved in negative activities in the USA.
ICC anti-corruption officials and the security manager accompanying the team kept a close watch on everyone. Moreover, it is widely known that the current team members, especially Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shadab Khan, have never been part of any negative activity.
When contacted, PCB sources stated, “We are fully aware of these negative comments. Criticism within the bounds of the game is acceptable and there is no objection to it. However, baseless allegations like match-fixing cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.”
When asked if the board would conduct an investigation, the sources said, “PCB has no doubts, so why should we conduct an inquiry? Those who made the allegations should provide proof. We have instructed our legal department to issue notices to such individuals and demand evidence. If not provided, we will seek compensation for defamation. A new law in Punjab ensures that a decision will come within six months.”
On the other hand, an unpleasant incident involving Haris Rauf has made players concerned about their security. They fear facing similar behaviour when they go out with their families. Due to this fear, some cricketers, including Babar Azam, are hesitant to return to the country immediately. However, the PCB has assured the team of complete protection and informed the players to report any issues immediately. Team sources say that social media, some so-called experts on TV channels, and a few YouTubers have created such a hateful environment against the players that they are now afraid to go out.

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