Australia faced a significant defeat, and England also met a similar fate. However, the focus on changing the captain overshadowed the Pakistani media.
I conducted extensive research and put in considerable effort to search for campaigns or reports in the British and Australian media that were critical of their respective cricket team captains. I aimed to find any information or images that might suggest that individuals like Tim Cook, Stuart Broad, Aaron Finch, or Steve Smith had taken over the captaincy roles for England and Australia.
My intention was not to use the absence of such images or information as an excuse or justification for Pakistan’s underwhelming performance in cricket.
The emotional reactions of Pakistanis were uncontainable, with everyone expressing their opinions and sometimes crossing the boundaries of civility. This was further fueled by former cricketers who now hold positions on news channels and engage in criticism. These shows on news channels have turned into reality shows rather than insightful talk shows, and some individuals have taken on the role of comedians.
Another specific group has added a linguistic dimension to the issue, running a comprehensive campaign against the captain while elevating Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s savior.
However, we’ve lost three matches and won two. We are higher on the table than the world champion, England. But, the pressure of the Indian crowd, the weight of the World Cup, and the need to support our players have been overshadowed by curses and negativity.
It’s essential to remember that players need encouragement, not condemnation, even if they return home before the end of the World Cup.
There’s a journalist who appears to be more interested in negativity and sensationalism, as he is now reporting on player conflicts in the dressing room. He uses derogatory terms to provoke threats, possibly aiming to gain attention through ARY.