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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has admitted that he and some of his teammates were treated horribly after the team’s loss to India at the World Cup.
Pakistan lost to India by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method on June 16.
Following that, an incident emerged where 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.
Sarfraz was obviously frustrated with the fan, who kept repeating the word “mota”, which means fat.
However, the Pakistan skipper did not answer back and kept on walking with his son in his arms.
However, Sarfraz wasn’t the only one targeted as an eyewitness said that opener Imam-ul-Haq and batsman Babar Azam were also taunted by a group of youngsters.
“Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam were outside a shopping mall when a group of youngsters taunted them, it was difficult time for players,” the eyewitness told The News International.
Speaking about the tough time the men in green endured after losing to India, Sarfraz was quoted by PakPassion as saying: “After the India match, it was a tough time for us, but Mickey Arthur and the team management kept the team together.
“We had a tough time in London after the India match. Not only the incident with me, there were other incidents as well which we did report. This was a very tough time.”
“When you play poorly, there is criticism and we played poorly in the first few games. But as long as [the] criticism is on cricket, it’s fine. Unfortunately after the India game, a lot of things happened that hurt the players mentally. It’s not like we weren’t hurt by the loss, we were hurt just as much as all [the] followers of the Pakistan team.
“Some incidents came to be known but some things aren’t known to the public, which we reported to the management.”