Pakistan's all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who drew flak after team's embarrassing defeat to India, has now hit out at country's media for claiming that he and other players were partying and smoking sheesha on the eve of the encounter in Manchester.
There were questions raised about the Pakistan players' fitness and the apparent flouting of the curfew norms after a series of photos and videos showed certain members of the team allegedly socialising past curfew.
The post went viral on Sunday, 16 June, as the match was underway. Malik's wife, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza clarified that the photo was not taken on the eve of the match and called out the person who posted it for breaching their privacy.
Malik has also claimed that the purported video is of 13 June and not before the night of the match.
When will Pak media be accountable for their credibility by our courts?!— Shoaib Malik ?? (@realshoaibmalik) June 17, 2019
Having served my country for +20 years in Intl Cricket, it’s sad that I have to clarify things related to my personal life. The videos are from 13th June and not 15th
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On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It’s not a nice thing to do— Shoaib Malik ?? (@realshoaibmalik) June 17, 2019
India hammered Pakistan by 89 runs (D/L method) in a one-sided, rain-interrupted game on Sunday.
The Pakistani all-rounder said, "On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It's not a nice thing to do."
Sania too took to Twitter to answer potshots being aimed at her post the defeat. She sparred with Pakistani actress Veena Malik as she denied taking their kid to a sheesha bar.
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