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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram has revealed that had he been verbally abused like captain Sarfraz Ahmed, he would have “grabbed that guy who made the video and trashed his phone”.
Sarfraz was verbally abused and body shamed by a fan while he was with his family and carrying his young son in a shopping mall in London.
The Pakistan skipper was obviously frustrated with the fan, who repeatedly kept calling him “mota”, which means fat.
However, while Sarfraz did not answer back, Akram admitted that he would have taken a more hand-on approach.
“Being a Pakistani it’s very embarrassing to see fans misbehaving with players, I feel embarrassed that our fans can stoop to this low, I am sorry but that’s what I felt,” Akram told Geo.tv. “Our culture teaches us respecting seniors and loving juniors. The people who are misbehaving with players are those who were not taught manners at home.
“If I was in Sarfraz’s [place], I would have grabbed that guy who made the video and trashed his phone before calling his parents [and] asking is this what you taught him, is this the way to talk to Pakistan’s captain.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.