‘Don’t Spread Negativity..’: Ex-PCB Chief Najam Sethi Lashes Out Amid Rumours of Pakistan’s Dressing Room Unrest – News18

Najam Sethi (AFP File Photo)

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi urged fans of Pakistan team not to spread ‘negativity’ and cheer for the side ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi has responded to rumours of the dressing room unrest that have emerged on social media after Pakistan’s elimination from Asia Cup 2023.

Sethi has been very active on social media lashing out on multiple occasions about how he tried to convince the Asian Cricket Council to host the entire Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan, amid the rain issues in Sri Lanka. He has taken sly digs on multiple occasions at BCCI and the Indian team.

The veteran broke his silence on social media about the rumours of a reporter rift between Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi after Pakistan’s defeat to Sri Lanka which eliminated them from the race for the Asia Cup final.

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Reports in Pakistani media have claimed that Babar was unhappy with the performances of the senior players and Shaheen urged him to appreciate those who had performed well, after which Mohammad Rizwan was forced to intervene.

Sethi meanwhile reacted to the rumours by saying that the likes of Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Rizwan, and Shaheen among others should not be blamed neither should the management of the side following the defeat to Sri Lanka.

He urged Pakistan fans not to spread ‘negativity’ and cheer for the Men in Green ahead of the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

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“Plenty of angry talk on social media about PAK Team – groupings etc – blaming cricketers and team management staff. But Babar, Shadab, Shaheen, Fakhar, Rizwan, Naseem, et al are champion cricketers. They have a very able team management to support them. Come On, Pakistanis! Rally behind the team, don’t spread negativity! GO TEAM PAKISTAN!” read the post on X (formerly Twitter) from Sethi.

Pakistan have a few stumbling blocks en-route their preparation for the ODI World Cup in India, the news of the dressing room unrest comes at a time when two of the team most potent pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah are battling injuries, the latter is reportedly set to miss the World Cup due to a shoulder injury.