A tribute video honoring the country’s cricket heroes that was posted on August 14 backfired, placing the Pakistan Cricket Board in the firing line. The 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan was not visible in the film, and Pakistani squad supporters aggressively voiced their displeasure on social media. X (previously Twitter) quickly became trending with the hashtag #ShameOnPCB, and several former cricketers, including the famous Wasim Akram, criticized the board for the film.
The PCB changed the video and published a new one with Imran Khan in response to the public outcry. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi poked fun at the board while others applauded the decision made by the organization, stating “politics” should never be merged with cricket.
“This promotion for CWC 2023 is fantastic right now. The contributions of our heroes in the cricket community should never be affected by political opinions, Afridi said in a post criticizing the board for bringing “politics” into the sport.
“The PCB has started a marketing campaign in preparation for the CWC 2023. On August 14, 2023, one of the videos was posted online. The video was shortened since it was so long, and some crucial portions were left out. The PCB shared the updated video on X (formerly Twitter) and stated that this has been fixed in the full version of the film.
Famously, Imran Khan was in charge when Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992. While his on-field accomplishments have a significant place in Pakistan’s cricket history, his political career has also resulted in unfavorable portrayals of him.