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Wife of Australian cricketer receives social media death threat

The message was immediately reported to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), security agencies, and Cricket Australia. The investigation has already begun into social media threats.

The wife of Australian cricketer, Ashton Agar, has received a death threat allegedly from India. According to the latest report, the wife of Ashton Agar, Madeleine on her Instagram account.

The message was immediately reported to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), security agencies, and Australian cricket. The investigation has already begun into social media threats.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a death threat was sent to Agar’s wife threatening that the cricketer would be harmed if he traveled to Rawalpindi for test series.  The message by Indian account on Instagram read: “This is a warning for your husband Ashton Agar if he comes to tour against Pakistan he won’t come [back] alive. Your children will miss their father.” The message referred to his children which he does not have.

The spokesperson of the Australian Cricket Team has dubbed the threat as not credible. As per the report, Cricket Australia, PCB, and security agencies have security protocols to investigate such fake security threats.

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India behind the death threats?

The news spread on social media that prompted Cricket Australia to release a statement. “There are extensive security plans in place for this type of social media activity, which — in this case — is not considered a risk. No further comment will be made at this time,” the Cricket Australia statement read.

“Cricket Australia is aware of a social media post, of which the nature and content have been investigated by the PCB, CA, and combined government security agencies,” the statement read.

Investigation revealed that the Instagram account used to send death threats is being operated from India’s Gujarat state. Further details claim that Gujarat-based Mridul Tiwari, working as an environmental, health, and safety officer at IMC Limited has sent the death threat to the Australian cricketer’s wife.

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India has been allegedly notorious tactics to sabotage the return of international cricket in Pakistan. Earlier, a similar threat was issued to a New Zealand player when the team was on their tour to Pakistan. Resultantly, the tour of the New Zealand cricket team was called off due to security concerns.

England had also canceled their tour after New Zealand. Both the teams have now agreed to visit Pakistan for a cricket series.