Former Pakistani cricketer Sikander Bakht's unfiltered opinions have landed him in hot waters again. The 65-year-old player recently shared two cents on the Sri Lanka-Pakistan test and took a jibe at Sarfaraz Ahmed and Muhammad Rizwan.
In a television program, the cricket analyst said Sarfaraz could have sustained injuries due to Rizwan's curses. And if this wasn't enough to ignite cricket fanatics, Bakht added that Rizwan shouldn't have gone as a substitute fielder in Sri Lankan test.
"It should have been a youngster like [Mohammad] Huraira or Aamer Jamal," Bakht opined.
The former right-handed batsman added that "Rizwan has been asserting dominance over the entire team."
'Rizwan ne Pakistan team pe qabza kia huwa hay' - Sikandar Bakht— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) August 7, 2023
'Pata nahin kisi ki dua thi ke Sarfaraz ke sir par ball lag gayi'
This is MAFIA! Allah bachaye in se! He targeted Rizwan and Babar multiple times, below average cricketer himself ????????pic.twitter.com/0ua4y5jwvj
As soon as Bakht's analysis went viral, Twitterati saw red and pushed the hashtag #ShutUpSikanderBakht.
With millions of people coming out in Rizwan's favour, the hashtag started trending on Twitter.
Rizwan has a huge army of fans behind him who give him the support he deserves so these so called cricket experts should think twice before speaking!— HJ★ (@Hajra__Javed) August 8, 2023
#ShutUpSikanderBakht #Rizwan pic.twitter.com/gWO8Wb8CpQ
Another user wrote, "How can you hate this man. He is always there to represent his nation and to give his 100% in the field. He is a true fighter and he fights till the last ball. Keep your opinions in your pocket Skiander Bakht. [sic]"
How can you hate this man. He is always there to represent his nation and to give his 100% in the field. He is a true fighter and he fights till the last ball. Keep your opinions in your pocket Skiander Bakht. #Rizwan #ShutUpSikanderBakht pic.twitter.com/CXUDm3Kcpy— Emaan Butt (@EmaanBu64924722) August 8, 2023
These seniors are disgusting istg. What's wrong with this old man how come he's saying this about the superstar of Pakistan who has number of contributions for his county. Ngl foreign countries are better who at least respect Rizwan and appreciate his skills #ShutUpSikanderBakht https://t.co/p2dbPMy5zc— HJ★ (@Hajra__Javed) August 7, 2023
@Sikanderbakhts himself has no achievements in his cricketing career; that's why he talks trash to get attention. The interesting thing is that most fans of this generation don't even know his name.— ???????????????????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????? ???????????????????????? (@ZalmiFansClub) August 8, 2023
We love and respect @iMRizwanPak❤#ShutUpSikanderBakht pic.twitter.com/6V15CIaX83
This is, however, not the first time Bakht has been critical of the cricket team or its players. He previously lambasted Babar Azam stating that "Babar has to learn a lot as a captain. There are so many people who are born as leaders. Babar is not a born leader."
"When he was given the captaincy, I said in my interview that he wasn't a good choice. I wanted him to prove me wrong by showing his captaincy but he didn't," he added.
Pakistani rupee continue to witness further losses against US dollar in the open market on despite positive economic indicators and massive surge in Stock Market.
On Tuesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.1 for selling and 288.15 for buying purposes for customers.
Euro price moves down by Rs2 to 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling after increase.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.24||36.59|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – Gold continues to move upward in local market amid surge in international rates.
On Tuesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,600, and the price for 10-gram gold saw increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,557.
Globally, yellow metal went up by $12 to settle at $2,015 per ounce.
Last week, per tola gold price increased by Rs800 per tola, and it hovers around two month high.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|