The Pakistan Cricket Board has imposed a gag order on their players after their humiliating loss against India in the World Cup on Sunday. Not just the player, even Sania Mirza, India tennis sensation, who is Shoaib Malik’s wife, has also been instructed to not talk to the media after she lashed out fans trolling her over a video of the team's dinner outing a day before the match.
According to exclusive information available with Republic TV from England, the team management has informally conveyed to Mirza that as long as she is travelling with the team, she will have to follow the protocol.
The decision of the team management is in the aftermath of Mirza being trolled for the pictures and videos of her visit to a restaurant with Malik and others, a day prior to the match.
In the aftermath of the result, in a shocking display, Pakistan trolls targeted Sania Mirza over their nation's defeat to India. According to the netizens and a viral video online, Shoaib Malik, who registered a golden duck during the match, was spotted at a sheesha lounge with Sania Mirza and other Pakistani cricketers, in the lead-up to the crucial match. The trolls blamed Sania Mirza for his performance on the field during the match.
Netizens expressed their anger and wrote that having late-night parties and junk food a night before the match makes the athletes lethargic.
One user wrote: "Really disappointed with our so-called 'athletes'. I'm sorry no such thing as privacy when your celebrities out in the public & have such a huge match the following day. With such positions comes huge responsibility & eventually respect if your able to carry that through" [sic]
The trolls made personal attacks on Sania Mirza on Twitter.
Do you consider that sania mirza was inducted by india to destroy cricket of Pakistan?Before the start of crucial match ,she took top players to smoke sheesha and enjoyment?Does it need investigation?plz consider it. pic.twitter.com/s8Slt16GgF— Engn.Rana Irfan Haider (@ranairfanhaide2) June 17, 2019
While the visuals were going viral, Sania Mirza had hit back at the trolls and said: "That’s the video you shot without asking us,disrespecting our privacy even though we had a child with us?& got told off for doing so,& u came up with this crap?FYI ‘outing’ was dinner & yes ppl are allowed to eat if they lose a match!Bunch of fools!Try better content nxt time" [sic]
😂That’s the video you shot without asking us,disrespecting our privacy even though we had a child with us?& got told off for doing so,& u came up with this crap?FYI ‘outing’ was dinner & yes ppl are allowed to eat if they lose a match!Bunch of fools!Try better content nxt time😂 https://t.co/51gnkMWUYu— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 15, 2019