As many international players have refused to play Pakistan Super League (PSL) final match that is to be held in Lahore on March 5, many cricket fans in Pakistan are heart broken and have taken to Twitter to express their frustration.
Even as the majority of the Twitterati understood their decision, there were few who took the opportunity to attack them.
— Salman Khan (@thegreatkhan8) March 1, 2017
@lukewright204 well you were also twelfth man of the team, even not getting a single match 😂😂
— Mujeeb Shaikh (@ImSMujeeb) March 2, 2017
@lukewright204 we totally understand. Stupid of pcb to hold it in Lahore in first place. We’ll miss you in the final 😞Advertisement
— Brashna Kasi (@Brashnaa) March 1, 2017
With many major players like Kevin Pietersen, Nathan McCullum, Rilee Rossouw and Luke Wright pulling out, the expectations from the match has already started to decrease.
It came to the point that one fan could not take it anymore and decided to verbally abuse Wright for pulling out.
Fuck of you twat ! Millions live in this city and we all have families too. We are a peaceful nation and you will see that !! https://t.co/dPuYCTeY2Z
— Mustafa Khalid Lone (@mustafa_lone) March 1, 2017
But Wright, instead of ignoring the abuse, decided to the deal with it:
Not sure you are very peaceful with a message like that!! https://t.co/oFRLCyV0ek
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— Luke Wright (@lukewright204) March 1, 2017
Twitterati too bombarded @mustafa_lone for writing such a message…
@lukewright204 You can’t help him. He is from Gujranwala.
— Kamil Khan Marwat (@KKhanMarwat) March 1, 2017
@lukewright204 I feel embarrassed on his part. Ignore such a-holes. Every place has a few of those.😞
— Zzz (@_DamaDam_) March 1, 2017
@lukewright204 sorry luke, I apologise on his behalf. It was ur decision to make & we respect that. We would have liked if you came 2 LHR.
— Muhammad Bilal (@beckh_23) March 1, 2017
— Nabeel Hashmi (@HashmeNabeel) March 2, 2017
A day later though @mustafa_lone took to Twitter again and sent a message to all the people who had been trolling him.
I am loving how the haters are in panic ! Yes PSL final is happening in Lahore In sha Allah !!
— Mustafa Khalid Lone (@mustafa_lone) March 3, 2017
But even as Wright and others head home over security issues, other international players are contemplating playing.
As many as four companies of the Pakistan (Punjab) Rangers are being deployed to Lahore to set up a five-layer high-grade security plan for the PSL.