ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistani fan apologises after harassing and heckling Sarfaraz Ahmed at a mall in England

An unknown Pakistani fan has apologised after harassing and heckling cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in a mall in England while he was with his son.

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 22, 2019 11:44:11 IST

An anonymous Pakistani fan has apologised for harassing Pakistan cricket team's captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in a mall in England. In the video captured and then shared widely on social media, the fan can be heard personally attacking Sarfaraz even though he is with his son at the time of the incident. The fan has claimed he was unsure how the video was uploaded on social media and has since apologised to the skipper while taking down the video in question.

As visible in the video, Sarfaraz obliges the unidentified fan for a selfie. However, the fan starts to shoot a video instead of taking a photo. As Sarfaraz begins to walk away from the fan, the man chases after him while hurling obscenities.

“Why are you as fat as a p*g? You have made Pakistan proud,” says the harasser sarcastically.

Sarfaraz, carrying his son in his arms, opts not to react and walks away.

In the apology video, shared by Syed Raza Mehdi of Pakistani media outlet GEO/Jang, the fan says, "I've seen the video of myself with Pakistani captain Sarfaraz and the things I was saying. It was something that was uncalled for and I apologise for it. For those who were offended, I would like to clarify that I had deleted the video after taking it. I spoke to him after the incident happened, he was angry and spoke to me. I apologised to him and genuinely don't know how the video surfaced on social media. I myself am Pakistani and was unaware of the consequences. I was unaware that something of the sort would happen."

"I was unaware that he was with his son. Please try and forgive me for what happened."

Pakistan have come under increasing criticism over their performance at the ongoing Cricket World Cup. In five matches played, Pakistan have one win (against England) and are ninth in the points table. The criticism intensified following their loss to India on 16 June.

Their next match is against an equally disappointing South Africa in London on Sunday.

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Updated Date: Jun 22, 2019 11:44:11 IST

World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254