#ShameOnYouZaka trends as Pakistan has three more matches left in World Cup.
Appreciation Tweet for Azhar Ali. He is one of the most loyal cricketers in Pakistan and a Man with dignity. Respect Ajju Bhai♥️🔥.#AzharAli #ShameOnYouZaka #Say_No_To_Lafafa_Journalism pic.twitter.com/GnPJo4SHw3— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) October 29, 2023
This is what Babar Azam and PCT is Facing during the Biggest Cricket Event that too not from BCCI but from their own Cricket Board#GoHomeZaka #Say_No_To_Lafafa_Journalism #ShameOnYouZaka pic.twitter.com/Y8zhGkNZCQ— Faizan Khan 🇵🇸🇵🇰 (@KhanFaizan645) October 30, 2023
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials leaked Babar Azam’s private whatsapp chat on a live show on ARY NEWS hosted by Waseem Badami, leading to a storm of condemnation.
Former wicket-keeper Rashid Latif claimed on Saturday that Babar Azam is calling PCB’s senior officials but they are ignoring his messages. However PCB’s Chairman Zaka Ashraf denied these allegations and said, “Rashid Latif’s statement was wrong, which is regrettable, I think it is also part of an agenda”.
During the show on ARY NEWS, Shoaib Jutt showed a screenshot of Babar and PCB official Salman Naseer’s chat on live show.
Shoaib Jatt leaked Babar Azam’s private conversation to a TV channel without obtaining his consent. Well done, Azhar Ali, for pointing that out. That is disgusting, Lakh lanat!!!!#ShameOnYouZaka #Say_No_To_Lafafa_Journalism #WorldCup2023 pic.twitter.com/6XGecOAMI4— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) October 29, 2023
In the chat, Salman Naseer asks Babar on Whatsapp chat, “Babar there is also been this news circulating on TV and social media that you have been calling chairman and he isn’t answering, did you called him recently?”
The screenshot showed that Babar Azam replied, “Salam Salman sir. Mene to sir ko koi call nai ki.”
Azhar Ali then remarked, “Has he (Salman Naseer) gotten permission from Babar Azam before forwarding to this chat to him (Shoaib Jutt), and to show this chat on live show, I think you have to get permission from Babar before showing this on live show”.
To this Shoaib Jutt replied, “I don’t think we need to ask Babar Azam. We are journalists, it is our job to show whatever we have. [Mujhay nahin lagta ke mujhay Babar Azam se pochna chaiay tha. Hum journalist hein, hamara to kaam hee yehi hai, jo mile us ko dikha dein]”
Social media in Pakistan and India reacted uproariously, with many senior journalists too slamming the incident. PCB is being slammed for leaking a private chat.
Later on in the night, Badami released a video message in which he apologized, saying the decision was “not an ideal one”.
My humble thoughts on Babar Azam – Zaka Ashraf issue 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/g7RwamSP54— Waseem Badami (@WaseemBadami) October 29, 2023
National former cricketer Waqar Younis slammed this act.
Here are some reactions on social media:
Ya kya Karna ki koshish kar raha ho aap loog??? This is pathetic !!!— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) October 30, 2023
Khush ho gaya aap loog. Please leave @babarazam258 alone 🙏🏽. He’s an asset of Pakistan Cricket @TheRealPCB @ARYNEWSOFFICIAL @Salman_ARY https://t.co/pcM90yUGqy
They leaked Babar Azam’s private WhatsApp chats?— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) October 29, 2023
Pakistani players ko milta kya hai ko unse itni expectations rakhte ho? This is disgusting, he still has three matches to play in this World Cup pic.twitter.com/8eHSG2oygT
Disgusting 😔— Qadir Khawaja (@iamqadirkhawaja) October 29, 2023
@AzharAli_ is absolutely spot on. @WaseemBadami already issued clarification.— Raza Haroon رضا ہارون (@mrazaharoon) October 30, 2023
The official who forwarded this screenshot of a private conversation to the journalist has severely breached the code of conduct and violated the trust of private communication. Should be fired. https://t.co/ncxIinQFNL
This is clownery, how can you leak someone's private chat and these chats are leaked by a PCB official himself, for what, just to save your Chairman's. If that's what you wanted you could have done it after the world cup. OHH Chairman's tenure is getting over on the 4th Nov 🙂 pic.twitter.com/VoWSXIBQkS— CricWatcher (@CricWatcher11) October 29, 2023
Very Pathetic Behavior by ARY 😤— Moiz Ashraf (@mueez97) October 30, 2023