2019 World Cup: Imam urges fans to criticise players, but not their families

ICC World Cup 2019: Imam-Ul-Haq Urges Fans to Criticise Players, But Not Their Families

Imam-Ul-Haq, ICC World Cup 2019, Pakistan

After Pakistan national cricket team returned home while finishing fifth on the league stage points table of the ICC World Cup 2019, the players including skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had briefed the media apart from the opening batsman, Imam-ul-Haq.

Meanwhile, the southpaw ended up as the second leading run-getter after Babar Azam (474). Imam had amassed 305 runs in eight matches at an average of 38.12. He has scored at an average of 76.25 in eight matches.

Apart from Imam, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim had briefed the media in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Also, skipper Sarfaraz had addressed the media in Karachi on July 7 (Sunday).

Imam had a mixed tournament:

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Besides, Imam alongside Azam had slammed a hundred each. The duo further admitted the fact that they could have done far better against Australia.

Pertinently, the Men in Green had lost wickets in a flurry against the Kangaroos to lose the momentum at Taunton.

Furthermore, Imam, who had been accused of nepotism as he, is the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq. In the last league stage match, the 23-year-old Imam has slammed a fine ton against Bangladesh at Lord’s.

In 36 ODIs, Imam has seven tons under his belt. Interestingly, Imam averages over 54 in the ODI format. However, he was recently criticised by former Pakistan cricketers including Shoaib Akhtar, who reiterated Imam known only playing a ‘glance shot’.

However, the fans had lashed out at players for poor show against India.  Also, the fans had targetted the families of players following Pakistan loss by 89 runs based on the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) method.

In between, senior-most cricketer Shoaib Malik has also faced the wrath for spending time with his wife and tennis star, Sania Mirza ahead of India-Pakistan clash on June 16 in Manchester.

Following Pakistan’s win over the Tigers by 94 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London.

Meanwhile, Imam, who addressed the media, had requested the fans not to involve the personal lives of cricketers. He although admitted the fact that players couldn’t deliver as per the expectations and added for that they should criticise them.

Here’s the video of Imam-ul-Haq speaking in a presser:

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