Pakistani batsman Babar Azam scored his maiden Test century, and, what should have been a moment of celebration for the cricketer turned out to ruin his mood completely.
Many from the sports fraternity tweeted to congratulate Babar Azam on his ton. One of the tweets was from sports journalist Zainab Abbas, who referred to him as coach Mickey Arthur’s “son.”
She wrote, “Well played @babarazam258 – loved how the boys went congratulating Mickey Arthur celebrating his “son’s” century.”
Babar Azam took great offence at being called Mickey Arthur’s son, and told Zainab not to “cross her limits,” and “to think before you say something.”
Many users jumped in to Zainab’s defense, telling Babar he was overreacting and that he may have misinterpreted the tweet.
Journalist Faizan Lakhani encouraged him to give her the benefit of the doubt, saying “Maybe Zainab just meant that Micky loves him the way he would love his son. Probably, the tweet is misinterpreted.”
This guy proceeded to make fun of Babar’s English: “That’s the standard of your cricketers even we can understand zainab was was not wrong there lakin kaas inhe thoda english bhi sikha dete.”
However, Yasir Ali Hashmi felt that Zainab indeed did cross a line, and she should have been professional in her communication: “It’s such a shame that there is a barrage of cricket journalists in Pakistan these days who neither understand the technicalities of the sport nor the journalistic ethics.”
Ahsan agrees: “We are talking about ethics here. Aap k jo bhi views hoon as a journalist you are supposed to be more responsible. You can’t just express your views like normal fans. That’s supposed to be part of the job.”