Wasim Akram miffed with India and Pakistan celebrating wins & losses against each other
Akram points the finger at some famous personalities from both countries without naming anyone in particular
The current trend among the general Indian and Pakistani public to celebrate each other’s shortcomings in cricket has irked former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram, who called this type of behavior unacceptable. He added that he didn’t see the point in celebrating everyone’s losses. His statement comes at a time when the 2025 Champions Trophy, which was to be held in Pakistan, is set to be moved. India’s stance of not wanting to travel to Pakistan could force the ICC to move the tournament. This move is sure to add even more animosity towards India in Pakistan.
This is not the first time that a former cricketer has denounced this trend. Gautam Gambhir criticized this kind of behavior a few days ago. Pakistani legend Wasim Akram joined Gambhir in questioning the motive behind the celebrations on Monday. He used an idiom to describe the behavior.
It’s just a game: Wasim Akram
“Seeing the way India and Pakistan celebrate each other’s losses, I can only think of the phrase: “”Begaani Shaadi mein Abdulla Deewana“(to rejoice in someone else’s misfortune),” Wasim Akram said in an interview.
Akram also pointed out some famous personalities from both countries, without naming anyone in particular.
“I’m not naming anyone, but there are some famous people in both countries who sometimes don’t help the cause. You are patriotic for your country and we are for ours. Let’s end it there. Just be kind to each other at a time when everyone is struggling. At the end of the day, it’s just a game,” he added.
After winning the Champions Trophy in its last edition in 2017, Pakistan hoped to host the tournament in 2025. However, India is unlikely to change its stance of not visiting Pakistan, given the political issues between the two countries. If the tournament is indeed moved elsewhere, the tendency to rejoice in each other’s defeats should increase in the coming days.