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Indian fans troll Pakistan minister Fawad Hussain for bringing allegations of jingoism

Lately, the Sri Lanka Sports Ministry also rubbished Hussain's claims.

Indian fans celebrate victory after the First Test match between England and India held at Lord's Cricket Ground
Indian fans celebrate victory after the First Test match between England and India held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, in London on June 10, 1986. (Photo by Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)

Fawad Hussain, a Pakistan Minister, recently hurled some serious accusations against India. He told that the Indian sports authorities threatened Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that if they go on the tour of Pakistan, then their players would be barred from taking part in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). Hussain called it a cheap tactic on the part of sports management in India.

Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan was given a green signal after a security delegation gave positive feedback to the SLC. This will be the first instance when the Lankans would be playing a full-fledged bilateral series in the war-stricken nation since 2009. Back in October 2017, Sri Lanka played a solitary T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and all eyes will be on the upcoming games.

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Karunaratne, Mathews and eight others back out of Pakistan tour

The series starts with three 50-overs games at the National Stadium in Karachi on Friday, September 27 followed by a three-match T20I series at the Gaddafi Stadium. 10 players, including the likes of Dimuth Karunaratne, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews backed out from the tour citing security concerns. After the move, Hussain slammed India for their influence.

Hussain took to Twitter and wrote, “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities.”

After the allegations, the Sri Lankan Sports Minister Harin Fernando cleared the air over the matter. He rubbished all the reports of India’s influence on their players. He stated that SLC respected the 10 players’ decision to back out and also mentioned that a full-strength team will be hoping to beat Pakistan.

He wrote, “No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan. Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision, we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full-strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,”

In the meantime, the Indian fans are lashing out Fawad Hussain for the harsh words. The users on the social media didn’t leave any stone unturned in ridiculing the Pakistan minister for the comments.

Here’s how the Indian fans reacted

 

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