“Shame on you ICC”: International cricket body condemned for trolling Pakistani cricketer during Pakistan-South Africa Test match


International Cricket Council (ICC) is facing widespread anger from Pakistani fans after it decided to troll one of their cricketers on the microblogging site Twitter.

The ICC had shared two photos of Pakistani bowler Hassan Ali and wrote a cheeky caption, “Your profile picture vs the full picture.” While the first photo, a zoomed version, showed Ali playing a shot, the actual image showed his middle stump dislodged.

However, the decision to troll a Pakistani cricketer by the international cricket body did not go down well with Pakistani fans, who reacted angrily. While some said that trolling a cricketer did not suit the image of the body, which is expected to function with neutrality, others said that this was the result of the BCCI’s influence on the ICC.

No sooner did the ICC share the image, its social media post went viral evoking strong reactions from fans from Pakistan.

New Zealand’s Greg Barclay is the current chairman of the ICC, while India’s Manu Sawhney is the global cricket body’s CEO.

Pakistan went on to defeat South Africa by seven wickets with debutant Nauman Ali claiming his first five-wicket haul and leg-spinner Yasir Shah finishing with 4-79.

The second and final Test between Pakistan and South Africa is scheduled to be held in Rawalpindi from Thursday, followed by three Twenty20s.

Scores in brief:

Pakistan 378 (Fawad 109) & 90-3 (Azhar 31*)
South Africa 220 (Yasir 3-54) & 245 (Markram 74; Nauman 5-35, Yasir 4-79)
Pakistan won by seven wickets