Pakistan Super League is entering its final few stages of the tournament. The entire season has been played in the backdrop of the financial woes the entire country is going through. While the cricket on the field has been good, the behaviour of Pakistani fans has left a bitter taste. Former New Zealand cricketer turned commentator, Simon Doull, has been in the eye of the storm for being at the receiving end of abusive tweet from a so-called fan.
The story as it happened –
Simon Doull on Wednesday criticised, Pakistan and Peshawar skipper Babar Azam, live on air. The reason for the criticism was because Babar Azam was batting slowly even in the death overs of a T20 game. Doull, had called out Azam after he played a dot ball while on 99 in the 17th over of an innings.
Fan abuses Simon Doull –
Cricket fans in the subcontinent can be emotional, when speaking about their favourite stars. Criticism by Simon Doull towards Babar Azam did not sit down well with one Pakistani fan. The fan in question took to social media and Directed Messaged the Kiwi and sent a message abusing Doull and his family.
Simon Doull gives a calm reply to the fan –
Known to be one of the most level headed and most insightful commentators, Simon Doull did not lose his cool. The Kiwi replying to the fan said “so sorry to have upset you Feroz. It’s just an opinion and I get paid for it. It’s ok if you don’t agree but this language is never ok. And my mother has also passed”
Babar Azam’s batting costs Peshawar a crucial win –
The game on Wednesday between Peshawar and Quetta was a high scoring one. Babar Azam with 115 was the leading light for home team as they scored 240/2 on the board. Saim Ayub with an half century and Rovman Powell with 35* were the lead scorers.Chasing 241 to win, the improbable looking target was achieved by Quetta with 8 wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare. Jason Roy played a blinder scoring 145 not out along with Mohammad Hafeez who scored 42*.