Islamabad United used Jasprit Bumrah’s 2017 Champions Trophy final no-ball to urge social isolation.
Islamabad United shared a distasteful tweet against Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah to spread COVID-19 awareness. The franchise’s Twitter handle uploaded a photo of Bumrah’s no-ball against Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. The photograph was meant to serve as a reminder for Pakistan citizens not to step out of their house.
Bumrah had Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman out early when the southpaw nicked a length ball to Dhoni behind the stumps. The dismissal was however revoked as a result of the Indian pacer overstepping resulting in a front-foot no-ball. The incident came back to haunt the Indians with Zaman scoring a match-winning century to help Pakistan lift the trophy.
“Don’t cross the line. It can be costly, Don’t leave your homes unnecessarily, MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCE but make sure your hearts remain close. #UnitedAgainstCovid19” the PSL franchise tweeted on Thursday. Along with the message was an image of the Bumrah no-ball which cost India the coveted trophy.
Indian fan hit back with images of Mohammad Amir’s no-ball that earned him a ban for match fixing.
The tweet however did not go down well among Indian fans on Twitter who came up with replies targeting the PSL club. A Twitter user uploaded a picture of Mohammed Amir’s infamous no-ball in the Lord’s Test against England in 2010. The user captioned the image stating that everyone should stay inside their homes or they could face five years of prison.
Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were suspended by the ICC for their involvement in spot-fixing in 2010. Amir and Asif reportedly bowled three deliberate no-balls by pre-arrangement on the opening day of a Test at Lord’s. The left-arm pacer had to serve a 5-year ban from international cricket and also had to spend some time in jail.
Bumrah, however, is yet to comment on the tweet. Bumrah reacted earlier after an advertisement hoarding by Jaipur Traffic Police citing the no-ball as a warning for maintaining traffic rules. “This shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country,” Bumrah had said then.