In the lead-up to the highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan match in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, cricket fans are making their voices heard on social media platforms. On Friday, Twitter saw an outpouring of frustration and discontent from Indian cricket enthusiasts, urging their fellow countrymen to consider boycotting the much-anticipated clash.
The catalyst for this widespread sentiment was the grand welcome received by the Pakistan cricket team upon their arrival in Ahmedabad, just a day ahead of the monumental encounter.
Touchdown Ahmedabad 🛬
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 11, 2023
The Pakistani squad’s early arrival on Wednesday was met with an extravagant reception at their hotel. The hotel staff orchestrated a thunderous welcome, complete with dancers who left no stone unturned in extending a warm greeting to the visiting team.
What BCCI and Jay Shah have done in the honor of Pakistan team will not be tolerated at all.
Our soldiers are fighting bravely against Pakistan supported terrorists on the border.
— GURMEET 𝕏 (@GURmeetG9) October 13, 2023
While such receptions are customary in the realm of international sportsmanship, this particular incident has raised the ire of many within the Indian fanbase.
A perceived slight to the Indian Army has been the crux of the matter. Indian fans contend that such an exuberant welcome to a team representing Pakistan is, in essence, an affront to the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers stationed along the nation’s borders, who tirelessly defend the country against potential threats, including those from across the border in Pakistan.
Cricket match is nothing infront of our Soldiers.
Enemies are always enemy.
Shame on BCCI and Jay Shah
— Ajeet Kumar🇮🇳 (@ajeetkr03) October 13, 2023
The video capturing the grand reception extended to the Pakistani cricket team has fueled a firestorm of criticism and prompted passionate reactions from Indian cricket enthusiasts, who take immense pride in their team and nation.
Pakistani kill our soldiers
We welcome them all arms and legs open
We are not citizens worth dying for….
No , we are not
— Major Pawan Kumar, Shaurya Chakra (Retd) 🇮🇳 (@major_pawan) October 12, 2023
While these events have sparked an outpouring of opinions on social media, it’s clear that cricket fans are not mincing their words.
1.Colonel Manpreet Singh
2.Major Aashish Dhonchak
3.Deputy Superintendent of Police Humayan Bhat
@bcci, @JayShah @AmitShah, @HMOIndia have you people forgot these names so early.
Why always our soldier’s lives are valueless and expendable. #IndiaVsPakistan#BoycottIndoPakMatch pic.twitter.com/jqkr3iwfni
— Banwasi🇮🇳 (@iam_godTier) October 13, 2023
The prevailing sentiment among a segment of Indian cricket enthusiasts is a desire to see their fellow countrymen boycott the much-anticipated India-Pakistan cricket match.
@JayShah, you need to see this video 🙏 . We know that money and entertainment is more important for you than our soldiers and their family’s but this video helps in changing your thoughts . #BoycottIndoPakMatch pic.twitter.com/PoLq0zWHfL
— Ashish Gurjar 🇮🇳 (@SirAshu2002) October 13, 2023
This intense emotional response underlines the deeply rooted passion that cricket holds in the hearts of fans, as they seek to express their feelings and concerns over matters that extend beyond the boundaries of the cricket field.