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Imam apologises to Shane Watson after social media backlash

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Pakistani cricketer Imam-ul-Haq has eventually apologised to former Australian cricketer Shane Watson after Haq received major backlash on social media for misbehaving with the Watson in the final match of Pakistan Super League.

On Monday, Imam-ul-Haq apologised to Shane Watson in a tweet stating that: “Yesterday’s incident happened in the heat of the moment. My reaction to Watson’s inappropriate abusive comments was avoidable, for which I apologise. It was a good match and a great HBL PSL 2019, let’s enjoy its success. Congrats to Gladiators and Watson for the trophy and awards,” Imam said.

Quetta Gladiator’s Shane Watson and Peshawar Zalmi’s Imam-ul-Haq had a heated exchange during the match.

Read more: PSL: Shane Watson to play in Pakistan after 14 years

As Shane Watson headed for pavilion after he was run-out in the match, Haq intercepted him and asked him to go back with a hand gesture. It was then, Kieron Pollard intervened and apologized on his behalf to Watson.

Imam’s rash behaviour, however, irked the people as they reacted strongly on social media urging Imam-ul-Haq to apologize to Shane Watson. People bashed him and schooled him on the manners of hospitality. They said Haq must not forget that Shane Watson is our guest and that guests must be treated with respect. Few of his fans said that they like Imam-ul-Haq but his behaviour is unacceptable.


Many mocked him with a meme that soon came out on social media after Australian senator Fraser Anning was egged for defending Christchurch mosque shootings.

Meanwhile, the Quetta Gladiators wrote down history as they beat 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi by eight wickets to lift their first ever PSL title in front of sold-out crowd of 32,000 fans at Karachi’s National Stadium.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to conduct all the matches of Pakistan Super League 5 in Pakistan next year.

Read more: PM congratulates PCB for holding successful PSL in Pakistan

Meanwhile, Shane Watson, when asked about his experience in playing Pakistan, said, “It’s been amazing here, especially you caught up with their love of cricket and I love cricket too, so I like to share it. I have been in stadium with full crowd but it is different here and unfair to compare it. With all love here, it is phenomenal experience for me.”