Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee chairperson Zaka Ashraf has stirred another controversy amid the Pakistan team's visit to India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, starting from October 5 onwards. In a video that is viral on social media, Zaka was heard talking about players going to "dushman mulk" (enemy country) for tournaments, while he was addressing the media about PCB's new contracts for players. His remark was allegedly targeted at India.
In the contentious video, Ashraf is heard stating, "We have awarded these contracts to our players with immense love and affection. Never before in Pakistan's history has such a substantial amount been allocated to players. My objective was to ensure that our players' morale remains high as they travel to compete in countries, including the so-called 'enemy country.'"
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As Pakistanis, we condemn such statement that has been made by Zaka Ashraf. We genuinely appreciate the Indian fans for warmly welcoming our team. Cricket is a gentleman game. Love and peace across the border.#PakistanCricketTeam— Maham Gillani (@DheetAfridian) September 28, 2023
Despite the warm reception from Indian fans, however, PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf's response has been rather unexpected. In an unfortunate turn of phrase during a press statement in Pakistan, he referred to India as an ‘enemy nation’ while discussing the reception from Indian fans at the Hyderabad airport.
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