- Zaka Ashraf, PCB committee head, stirred controversy by allegedly leaking Babar Azam’s personal WhatsApp message, leading to public uproar.
- #ShameOnYouZaka trended on social media, expressing disappointment over the breach of privacy. However, Babar Azam received strong support from fans, emphasizing the importance of respecting his personal space.
Zaka Ashraf, head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management committee, has stirred controversy by allegedly leaking a personal WhatsApp message from cricket captain Babar Azam. The controversy ignited when Rashid Latif claimed Ashraf dismissed Babar’s attempts to communicate.
In response, Ashraf, denying direct contact, shared a WhatsApp exchange between Babar and PCB’s COO, Salman Naseer, during a local news interview. This revelation raises ethical concerns about privacy, with uncertainty about Babar’s consent, sparking a broader debate on the sensitivity of airing personal messages.
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Former cricketer Azhar Ali echoed concerns, questioning if Babar’s approval was sought before airing the message. The on-air disclosure prompted show presenter Waseem Badami to address the controversy on social media. Badami admitted initial hesitation but, with Ashraf’s permission, decided to broadcast the exchange. He acknowledged the decision as incorrect, offering a sincere apology for the mistake, emphasizing the sensitivity of sharing private communications in the public domain. The incident sheds light on the challenges of balancing transparency and privacy within cricket administration.
The #ShameOnYouZaka hashtag trends on social media as netizens express disappointment over the privacy breach. Fans rally behind Babar Azam, condemning Ashraf for invading privacy. Supporters emphasize respecting Babar’s personal space, sparking a privacy ethics discussion. The incident not only raises questions about right and wrong but also showcases Babar Azam’s strong fan backing
Shahid Afridi joins the criticism, slamming PCB Chairman for the unauthorized release.
These tweets from supporters condemn the invasion of privacy, highlighting the widespread disapproval of Ashraf’s actions.
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