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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has revealed that he saw his wife crying after she watched the video of him getting verbally abused by a fan.
In addition to being verbally abused, Sarfraz was also body shamed by the fan while he was carrying his young son in a shopping mall in London.
The fan said Sarfraz was “as fat as a pig” and mentioned the word “mota”, which means fat, multiple times.
Despite being visibly frustrated, the Pakistan skipper did not answer back and kept on walking with his son in his arms.
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“When I went back to the hotel I saw my wife was crying after watching the video,” he told the International Cricket Council as quoted by CricTracker. “I tried to explain to her that this is just one video and that we have had people walk up to us and tell things.
“This is nothing serious we must be strong. All of this is a part of life, when we don’t perform well we will have to go through all this.”
The fan was heavily criticised for his actions and he apologised for verbally abusing Sarfraz, who expressed his gratitude to everyone that sent him messages of support and love.
“Not just family members whoever saw the video have reacted against it. I would like to thank everyone who sent me tweets and messages of support and love on social media,” he said. “We are grateful to everyone. Whatever we are today is because of our fans. If our fans support us, even we will perform better and stay motivated.
“I have always said that our Pakistani fans love us a lot. And we also know that when we win they will give us a lot of respect and when we lose, their anger is valid because they have expectations from us.”
Sarfraz revealed that even after Pakistan lost to India, fans kept delivering messages of support and vowed to keep backing the team.
“After losing the match against India, that one week that passed by. However, it was our fans [that] still came to Lord’s and supported the Pakistan team. They came to the hotel where we were staying and even met us outside and all of them told us one thing that we should concentrate on giving our best and leave the rest up to God.”
Pakistan kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive with a six-wicket win over New Zealand, who were undefeated prior to that match, and will next face Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.