Pakistani actress Mahira Khan lauds Sarfaraz Ahmed over his choice of Shalwar Kamiz
Mahira Khan made her Bollywood debut in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Raees’ in 2017.
Published - May 31, 2019 11:41 am | Updated - May 31, 2019 11:41 am
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed left the cricketing world divided over his unique choice of dress for the occasion of meeting British Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace. While many criticized him for opting a Shalwar Kameez while all the captains of the other nine nations wore formal suits, there were also others who praised the unapologetic wicketkeeper-batsman.
Pakistan actress Mahira Khan was among those who appreciated Sarfaraz’s choice of wearing Pakistan’s national dress and wished the team luck in the World Cup which kicked off on Thursday. Pakistan will play their first game against the Windies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Friday. Hosts England defeated South Africa by 104 runs in the opening game at the Oval.
Here’s her tweet
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) May 30, 2019
Mahira Khan made her Bollywood debut in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Raees’ in 2017 and had also the ugly experience of facing flak in India for being a Pakistani artiste. On Wednesday, the 10 captains met the British Queen and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, ahead of the World Cup opening ceremony.
Clarifying his choice for a Shalwar Kamiz, Sarfaraz said he decided to wear it since he had got instructions from the Pakistan Cricket Board to do things that would promote all things Pakistani. He said he was proud to be the odd man out wearing the ethnic dress while the other captains, including India captain Virat Kohli, wore the routine suits.
Sarfaraz Ahmed "The shalwar kameez is our national dress and I got instructions from the board to do all these things so I tried to promote our national dress. I felt very proud that the other captains were wearing suits but I was wearing national dress" #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/mCa1u12dN4
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 30, 2019
Pakistan bowling will be tested by an explosive Caribbean batting today
In the hunt for their second world title after the historic 1992 triumph, Pakistan have had a poor run in ODIs of late, losing 10 of their last 11 games while one game was abandoned. They lost to Australia 0-5 at home and then were thumped by England 0-4 in a high-scoring ODI series in England ahead of the World Cup.
Pakistan were also beaten by Afghanistan in the only warm-up game they have played, by three wickets. They recalled veterans Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz in place of Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan to bolster the bowling and will be tested on Friday by a West Indian batting line-up that features explosive hitters like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell.