Fans criticize Shoaib Akhtar for cycling amid lockdown
Despite being an inspiration to many fans, legendary Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar was on the receiving end of trolls on Facebook after he had shared a video of him cycling on the streets of Islamabad amid lockdown.
“Cycling in my beautiful city. Lovely weather. Empty roads. Best work out,” Shoaib Akhtar captioned the video.
But fans were not at all impressed with Shoaib Akhtar for violating the lockdown imposed in Pakistan till April 14. Akhtar, who had previously requested his fans to work collectively as a global force to fight the spread of the coronavirus was criticised for his behaviour.
“Wrong time to go out. Looking at you many others may try to emulate. Stay safe, stay healthy,” a user wrote on the video.
“Such a selfish gesture in a situation where people are dying and he is enjoying empty roads and weather of a beautiful city,” wrote another.
“Celebrities of the world are giving awareness to common people about Covid 19, and then we came up with our role models who is doing this nonsense in Lockdown situation and making it public,” another user commented.
“You are my favourite bowler but it is not good to see you roaming during such conditions,” a fan remarked.
“Yes lovely weather but you are a celebrity and our people blindly follow you. Do you want people to come outside without mask and get infected with corona,” a fan wrote.
Previously, Shoaib Akhtar proposed the idea of a three-match ODI series between India and Pakistan in an attempt to raise funds for the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. However, his suggestion did not go down well with India’s India’s World Cup-winning former captain Kapil Dev as the latter slammed Rawalpindi Express for coming up with such suggestion.
“The situation is unlikely to get normal anytime soon and organising a cricket game means putting our cricketers at risk which we don’t need to,” Kapil Dev said.