Shoaib Akhtar, Sania Mirza

ICC World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar blasts trolls attacking Sania Mirza for Pakistan’s loss to India

While the Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza remains a favourite target for Pakistani fans disappointed by their team’s performance, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has come out to defend her.

The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ has slammed the social media users who have been training their guns on the wife of Shoaib Malik and censured them for putting the blame of Pakistan’s poor showing on her.


“Sania Mirza is that unfortunate lady, who, whatever she does, gets criticized, unnecessarily, from both India and Pakistan. She is needlessly criticized. She just went out with her husband to have a meal, she just had a child, she has just gone to meet her husband! What crime has she committed? They were not sitting there at 6 AM,” the former pacer said on his YouTube channel.

Sania Mirza, Shoaib Malik
Sania Mirza with her husband Shoaib Malik

Speaking further on the issue, Akhtar expressed his sympathy for the ordeal that Sania had to go through. “Poor lady, she gets criticized in India for marrying a Pakistani and when Pakistan loses the match, then again she gets blamed. How can you talk about somebody’s family in this way? I cannot understand how can you point a finger at somebody’s family just because you have the right to have a Twitter or any other social media handle.”

“Brother, she is his wife, she just had a child, she hadn’t met her for the last two months; she was struggling to meet her husband; she just went to meet; she is staying at her own hotel, he is staying at his own hotel. If he hasn’t performed, what has Sania got to do with? She hasn’t told him not to play well for Pakistan. I really feel sorry for her. I feel very sad that this poor lady is unnecessarily being trashed,” he added.


Shoaib concluded by heavily criticizing those members of the public who blamed Sania for the failures of her husband and asserted that targeting somebody’s family is unacceptable. “It is just stupid, stupid comments and stupid mentality which hurts me a lot. Please think twice before talking about somebody’s family and somebody’s wife. You have no right to talk about somebody’s family.”

Pakistan lost to India by 89 runs in DLS Method and are now in danger of crashing out of the World Cup 2019 early. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side will next take on South Africa at Lord’s on June 23.

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