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Pakistan board demands apology after bowler has public altercation

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2024 | 12:14 AM
Pakistan’s Haris Rauf looks on during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match against Canada at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, on June 11.
Pakistan’s Haris Rauf looks on during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match against Canada at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, on June 11.

ISLAMABAD (AP):

PAKISTAN FAST bowler Haris Rauf defended his actions after a video of an altercation between him and a group of men in the United States during the Twenty20 World Cup was shared on social media yesterday.

The video shows Rauf rushing across a hedge to confront several men after they apparently said something to upset him, with his wife and one of the men trying to hold him back. After some pushing and shoving, Rauf went back across the hedge to the sidewalk where his wife had remained.

“As public figures, we are open to receiving all kinds of feedback from the public,” Rauf wrote on X, formerly Twitter, after the video emerged on social media. “They are entitled to support or criticise us. Nevertheless, when it comes to my parent and my family, I will not hesitate to respond accordingly. It is important to show respect towards people and their families, irrespective of their professions.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board strongly condemned the incident and demanded an apology from the men involved in altercation with Rauf.

“Such actions against our players are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi wrote on X. “Those who are involved must immediately apologise to Haris Rauf, failing which we will pursue legal action against the individual responsible.”

Pakistan failed to qualify for the Super Eight at the T20 World Cup after losing group games against the United States and rivals India. Pakistan finished with four points after their victories against Canada and Ireland but finished behind the US, the co-hosts playing in their first World Cup. Rauf picked up seven wickets in four matches at an economy rate of 6.73.

Pakistan allrounder Shadab Khan also took to X to defend his teammate.

“It is the right of fans to criticise us for performances,” Shadab wrote.

“It is not OKAY to attack anyone personally in their family’s presence. How would u feel if someone attacked u personally while with family?”