The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finds itself at the center of a major controversy as it faces backlash for the omission of former captain, Imran Khan, from a celebratory video commemorating Pakistan’s 77th Independence Day.
The exclusion of Imran Khan, an iconic figure both on the cricket field and in politics, has ignited a storm of criticism, with fans accusing the PCB of yielding to political pressure.
Imran Khan, a cricketing icon, led Pakistan to a historic victory in the 1992 ODI World Cup – an achievement that remains a cornerstone of the nation’s cricket history. Regarded as one of the finest cricketers in history, Khan’s omission from the tribute video has left supporters perplexed and disheartened.
Passionate cricket fans on social media have condemned the PCB’s action, citing it as a form of political victimization. Many fans contend that the exclusion stems from the strained relations between Imran Khan and the government.
Imran Khan’s cricketing achievements are deeply etched in Pakistan’s cricketing history. As the sole Pakistani captain to lift the coveted ODI World Cup, Khan’s absence from the tribute video appears to have struck a nerve among admirers who view his cricketing achievements as integral to Pakistan’s sporting legacy.
Furthermore, the video also ignored the achievements of Pakistan’s women’s team. The video only displayed one achievement of the women’s team and that too only for a couple of seconds. The likes of Sana Mir, Bismah Maroof, and Kiran Baloch, who have been some of the best performers for Pakistan over the years, were also ignored in the video.