[Report] PCB considers legal action against 'unsubstantiated claims' amid criticism over players' families at ICC T20 World Cup 2024

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Pakistan cricket team continued to face flak for their disastrous T20 World Cup campaign in the USA. Not only for their performances, the players are facing harsh criticism for bringing their families along during the tournament. The decision to travel with family members has led to a backlash from both fans and officials.

As per a PTI report, Pakistan's cricket board is also considering using a new defamation law to counter what it deems "unsubstantiated claims and reports" against its players and the team management.

'Wives, children, parents and even siblings'

According to local media reports, nearly 34 players, support staff, and officials were part of the national squad in the USA. The team hotel also accommodated around 26 to 28 family members of the players, which included wives, children, parents, and even siblings. Pakistan was knocked out in the group league stage matches after losing to India and debutants USA in New York.

Players like Babar Azam, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, and Muhammad Amir had family members traveling with them. Notably, Babar Azam, who is unmarried, had his father, mother, and brothers staying in the team hotel.

"The extra expenses incurred on having families is obviously paid by players but having family members around does hit the focus of the players," another report stated.

'60 rooms booked'

Media reports disclosed that about 60 rooms were booked where the team stayed to accommodate the family members. "The environment was a family one with take-away dinners and outings being the norm for some players," one report mentioned.

Amir's personal trainer

In a unique move, Muhammad Amir took his personal trainer to the World Cup at his own expense despite the team already having a foreign trainer, strength conditioning coach, physiotherapist, and doctor. During training sessions, Amir trained away from the rest, having obtained permission from the board for this arrangement.

PCB contemplating legal action

The Pakistan Cricket Board is contemplating legal action under a new defamation law passed by the Punjab government. This law will be used to pursue digital or mainstream media that insinuate corruption or make personal attacks on Pakistani players without proof.

What is this new defamation law?

The Punjab assembly recently passed a bill that targets digital media and defamation. Under this law, any digital journalist or media personality making unsubstantiated allegations or personal attacks on a public figure, potentially inciting public backlash, can face hefty fines and jail time if found guilty. The law also stipulates that decisions must be reached within six months, preventing cases from dragging on.

This decision follows accusations against skipper Babar Azam, who was alleged by a YouTuber to have accepted an expensive car as a gift. The PCB's legal department has already started working on potential notices under the new defamation law to address such claims.


Is this a right move by the PCB?
 
Unsubstantiated? There are pictures and videos on social media of Pakistan's Family Tour of 2024.
 
Pakistan as a country is a mess right now, be it cricket or any other industry / sector. No one has balls to face criticism let alone have answers to criticism. So in such instances when undeserving and small people are handpicked and placed in large offices the only solution in their small brain is to cut the tongue that voices criticism. Easy solution, no voice no criticism.
 
No, the allegations more about number of rooms and lack of discipline etc.

Tbh I don't see how those can be denied. Performance is in front of us. PCB has let the players become far too powerful and well paid.
 
What PCB doing is right but irony is that Pakistan fans siding with anyone who go against this side. Lol
 
It's needed not just for PCT but for every institution in the country.

We have journalists making expert claims on tv saying this guy took this much money for losing to USA etc etc. These journalists need to be scrutinized first up. Pretty sure majority of them don't hold any genuine degree either.
 
PCB is quick to take legal action when it affects them directly but they don't seem bothered by the mess created by Pakistani players.

Pathetic Board of Pathetic Players!
 
Are we really saying that players shouldn't have their families on tour??

What nonsense.
 
They were in the USA and Caribbean for work related reasons not a family holiday that they made it in to. Strict action should be taken against all players who were involved in this.
 
Pakistan cricket team continued to face flak for their disastrous T20 World Cup campaign in the USA. Not only for their performances, the players are facing harsh criticism for bringing their families along during the tournament. The decision to travel with family members has led to a backlash from both fans and officials.

As per a PTI report, Pakistan's cricket board is also considering using a new defamation law to counter what it deems "unsubstantiated claims and reports" against its players and the team management.

'Wives, children, parents and even siblings'

According to local media reports, nearly 34 players, support staff, and officials were part of the national squad in the USA. The team hotel also accommodated around 26 to 28 family members of the players, which included wives, children, parents, and even siblings. Pakistan was knocked out in the group league stage matches after losing to India and debutants USA in New York.

Players like Babar Azam, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, and Muhammad Amir had family members traveling with them. Notably, Babar Azam, who is unmarried, had his father, mother, and brothers staying in the team hotel.

"The extra expenses incurred on having families is obviously paid by players but having family members around does hit the focus of the players," another report stated.

'60 rooms booked'

Media reports disclosed that about 60 rooms were booked where the team stayed to accommodate the family members. "The environment was a family one with take-away dinners and outings being the norm for some players," one report mentioned.

Amir's personal trainer

In a unique move, Muhammad Amir took his personal trainer to the World Cup at his own expense despite the team already having a foreign trainer, strength conditioning coach, physiotherapist, and doctor. During training sessions, Amir trained away from the rest, having obtained permission from the board for this arrangement.

PCB contemplating legal action

The Pakistan Cricket Board is contemplating legal action under a new defamation law passed by the Punjab government. This law will be used to pursue digital or mainstream media that insinuate corruption or make personal attacks on Pakistani players without proof.

What is this new defamation law?

The Punjab assembly recently passed a bill that targets digital media and defamation. Under this law, any digital journalist or media personality making unsubstantiated allegations or personal attacks on a public figure, potentially inciting public backlash, can face hefty fines and jail time if found guilty. The law also stipulates that decisions must be reached within six months, preventing cases from dragging on.

This decision follows accusations against skipper Babar Azam, who was alleged by a YouTuber to have accepted an expensive car as a gift. The PCB's legal department has already started working on potential notices under the new defamation law to address such claims.


Is this a right move by the PCB?
Perspective 1:
I am not sure why PakPassion rules allow for unsubstantiated news sources from "Indian Media" and then extended debates on the issue.

This may well be right news this time but we need a tags like "UNCONFIRMED" or "UNKNOWN SOURCES" so before people engage with the topic they know that they are "passing time"...

Perspective 2:
Family, friends or siblings accompanying players doesn't automatically imply that it was PCB or Taxpayer funded even if it is in the same Hotel. I take my wife for work related conferences and although she is staying with me her expenses are funded by me.

Perspective 3:

IF the expenses were not PCB or Taxpayer funded then PCB has the right to take all these lying Journalists to court. They need to issue a statement, provide evidence and then take legal action.

IF the expenses were PCB or Taxpayer funded then PCB needs to be taken to task and just like everything else in the Banana Republic of Pakistan they won't be! In a country where elections were stolen what action do you expect to be taken against corrupt PCB
 
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Feeling very depressed but listening to a sports reporter, they are reporting that Babar Azam has managed to successfully convince Mohsin Naqvi that the senior players in the team i.e. Shaheen, Rizwan, Shadab, Iftikhar did not co-operate with him in the WC and as a result the PCB is going to downgrade these players or drop them but Babar will retain his limited overs captaincy and top Central contract.

What is Babar's Gidar Singhi? How does he keep getting away with such poor results? This is not even funny anymore.
 
Feeling very depressed but listening to a sports reporter, they are reporting that Babar Azam has managed to successfully convince Mohsin Naqvi that the senior players in the team i.e. Shaheen, Rizwan, Shadab, Iftikhar did not co-operate with him in the WC and as a result the PCB is going to downgrade these players or drop them but Babar will retain his limited overs captaincy and top Central contract.

What is Babar's Gidar Singhi? How does he keep getting away with such poor results? This is not even funny anymore.
Depressed over another "report"?
 
Amir was supposedly too tired to bowl the superover according to some here.

First step should be for him to fire him.

Second step should be to ask Babar Azam why as a grown man he is unable to travel without Mummy and Daddy. He doesn't need a mahram.

I don't think the family stuff is overly relevant to how the team performed. But it's just a crazy lack of team discipline that should never happen again.
 
Family is family. Babar isn't married so his parents accompanied him.
I don't want to disrespect families too much but I wasn't a fan of Babars fathers behaviour when he got made captain again.

It's not good for team morale to have so many extended family members around. Babar was probably spending more time with them than the side he was meant to be leading.
 
I don't want to disrespect families too much but I wasn't a fan of Babars fathers behaviour when he got made captain again.

It's not good for team morale to have so many extended family members around. Babar was probably spending more time with them than the side he was meant to be leading.

If Babar cannot sort out his priorities and focus on his job, its his problem. Let's not blame the families.
 
I don't want to disrespect families too much but I wasn't a fan of Babars fathers behaviour when he got made captain again.

It's not good for team morale to have so many extended family members around. Babar was probably spending more time with them than the side he was meant to be leading.
What was his father's behaviour?
 
Non issue really about families being over.

What I will say is when you perform poorly every single aspect of your life will be scrutinized.

These issues seem to pop up when team performs poorly because people need something or someone to blame.
 
Feeling very depressed but listening to a sports reporter, they are reporting that Babar Azam has managed to successfully convince Mohsin Naqvi that the senior players in the team i.e. Shaheen, Rizwan, Shadab, Iftikhar did not co-operate with him in the WC and as a result the PCB is going to downgrade these players or drop them but Babar will retain his limited overs captaincy and top Central contract.

What is Babar's Gidar Singhi? How does he keep getting away with such poor results? This is not even funny anymore.
I believe Mohsin Naqvi is going to get input from coach and tour manager. He isn’t going to go by any player’s word, be it Babar. Babar would be removed from captaincy. There is too much pressure on Naqvi and Naqvi being under fire from two fronts won’t be able to keep Babar, even if he wants to.
 
Banana republic at its best, shoot the messenger/reporter rather than figuring out how to fix the issue. No one is reporting then guess there is no issue , smh
 
I've watched videos of Babar Azam's father behaving like a superstar, not even acknowledging fans who were greeting him with a salaam. nto sure why he has this kind of attitude its his son who is the cricketer not him
 
difference between Babar and amir, babar needs to hold his mummy and daddy's finger and amir needs his personal trainer
 
I've watched videos of Babar Azam's father behaving like a superstar, not even acknowledging fans who were greeting him with a salaam. nto sure why he has this kind of attitude its his son who is the cricketer not him
Yes, very stupid and over the top person.
 
'Sirf aapke sentiments hurt huye...?': Ahmad Shahzad slams Babar Azam

Amidst reports that Babar Azam is preparing to take legal action against YouTubers and former cricketers who have accused him of misconduct during the T20 World Cup, another video is doing the rounds where former cricketer Ahmad Shahzad is criticising the Pakistan cricket captain for the same.

During a talk show in Pakistan Shahzad says, "Former players that he (Babar) is talking about, they should also file a case on him asking when you had a team for 5 years, where have you brought the team, to the 7th spot.Then the 25 crore fans whose sentiments also got hurt, they should also ask what results have you produced."

Shahzad continues, "The domestic cricketers whom you didn't select for the team, you went ahead with one group, kept on saying that this group will win you matches, but that didn't happen, and those domestic cricketers who didn't get a chance in the past 5 years, they should also file a case and ask questions. They should also ask Babar how you kept adjusting your friends in the team, who you turn into bowlers when they can't bat, turn into batsmen when they can't bowl, and when they do nothing, you adjust them by making them fielders."

Shahzad adds, "Then you (Babar) should ask that the people who used to criticize you are now in the team, you are their captain, then your sentiments didn't get hurt? Then the selectors who 3 months ago used to say that you don't know captaincy, you are not captaincy material, now you are saying 'yes yes' to them, then your sentiments didn't get hurt? There also you should have filed a case."

Shahzad retorts, "After losing 3 World Cups, 2 Asia Cups, you (Babar) were made captain again after 2 months, you should have asked the question how you were made the captain? Is it only you whose sentiments are getting hurt, not of the fans? We always tell the public the truth, we don't body shame anyone, we don't even take wrong names, we talk only about cricket,

Pakistan cricket. What have you done? You always try to find an escape route."

"Even great players like Messi and Ronaldo, who have a huge fan following, are criticized. Even the effigies of Messi were burnt recently, shoes were hurled at their photos. But they are sportsmen, they take all this in their stride. You should also take the criticism positively, but instead you are saying you will file defamation cases against former cricketers. We were also criticized, so much that we didn't get the third match after two bad matches. We didn't say anything to anyone. You get paid to do well. Even the cameraman here has a job to do, even if he doesn't do it properly, he is also answerable," Shahzad concludes.

Babar and the Pakistan team faced intense criticism following their disappointing performance in the tournament, which saw them exit during the group stage. This criticism, which targeted Babar in particular, has left the captain disheartened.

A report had revealed that a coordinated social media campaign aimed at defaming Babar was launched during the World Cup. The PCB's legal department is now investigating the defamatory statements made by several YouTubers and former cricketers.

Pakistan, who were runners-up in the previous edition of the T20 World Cup, failed to advance beyond the group stage in this year's tournament, prompting a wave of scrutiny and criticism from fans and commentators alike.

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[REPORTS] Pakistan cricketers call for TV ban on former colleagues, board staff as analysts

According to PCB sources, a policy will be prepared soon regarding whether to allow current and such players associated with the board to work on TV in the future.

Pakistan cricketers demonstrating below-par performance in World Cup tournaments are facing severe criticism these days. On social media, both fans and former players are expressing their dissatisfaction with the team.

Players are deeply saddened by this situation and are concerned about the behavior of former stars associated with the board and players who play with them.

One player anonymously mentioned that seniors decided to discuss this with the PCB during the Central Contract negotiations, and we demand that former players who work for the board and current players should not be allowed to appear on TV as experts. They criticize their own players so much that it angers the fans even more.

Another player, especially mentioning Ahmed Shehzad, said that until he was hopeful of returning to the national team, he was cautious when talking, as soon as he realized that a comeback was not possible now, he started criticizing the players more than necessary. He further said that Mohammad Hafeez who worked as a team director and is now talking against his own team in the foreign media, which is inappropriate.

On the other hand, according to PCB sources, a policy will be prepared soon regarding whether to allow current and such players associated with the board to work on TV in the future.
 
[REPORTS] Pakistan cricketers call for TV ban on former colleagues, board staff as analysts

According to PCB sources, a policy will be prepared soon regarding whether to allow current and such players associated with the board to work on TV in the future.

Pakistan cricketers demonstrating below-par performance in World Cup tournaments are facing severe criticism these days. On social media, both fans and former players are expressing their dissatisfaction with the team.

Players are deeply saddened by this situation and are concerned about the behavior of former stars associated with the board and players who play with them.

One player anonymously mentioned that seniors decided to discuss this with the PCB during the Central Contract negotiations, and we demand that former players who work for the board and current players should not be allowed to appear on TV as experts. They criticize their own players so much that it angers the fans even more.

Another player, especially mentioning Ahmed Shehzad, said that until he was hopeful of returning to the national team, he was cautious when talking, as soon as he realized that a comeback was not possible now, he started criticizing the players more than necessary. He further said that Mohammad Hafeez who worked as a team director and is now talking against his own team in the foreign media, which is inappropriate.

On the other hand, according to PCB sources, a policy will be prepared soon regarding whether to allow current and such players associated with the board to work on TV in the future.
lol they are more bothered about former players than their own performance, Pak players have gone super soft.
 
lol they are more bothered about former players than their own performance, Pak players have gone super soft.
These lot are pampered princesses.

After 1999 WC , Wasim Akram was called fixer for choosing to bat first. The team was ridiculed for losing the final of WC to one of the best ODI teams of all time.

And these 2 pump chumps expect no criticism after losing to USA. They are lucky Imad and Amir are part of the squad else they would have heard a lot more.
 
Nothing wrong with having your immediate family with you, (wife and children).....all the other teams have the same, incl England and Australia. This commotion is just Pakistani awam doing Pakistani awam things. It's a cricket game, some you lose, some you win. Yes, the selection had major problems, especially around Azam Khan, but the general population needs to give up the role of being judge and jury of these things. Pakistan cricket is no different to other countries, yet we make a big hoo-ha out of the smallest of things and make it into a drama......maybe its a reflection of how some Pakistanis conduct their own family lives. It's no secret theres always some drama or other going on in every home.......
 
Pay should be RS 5000 a month and no married players selected. Time to get tough with these princesses.
then only real talent will come .. once players get addicted to bunglows , sports cars they wont play good excluding some real nationalists
 
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