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“When parents and family are criticized …”: Haris Rauf’s clarification on ugly argument with Pakistani fans in a viral video

Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf on Tuesday issued a clarification on X, formerly known as Twitter, after a video went viral on social media in which the cricketer almost got into a brawl with Pakistani fans in the United States. The video came just days after Pakistan was eliminated from the group stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. Pakistan finished third in Group A behind India and the United States.

Pakistan's Haris Rauf looks on during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Pakistan and Canada at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury (AP)

In the 54-second clip that sent the internet into a frenzy on Tuesday afternoon, Haris could be seen charging towards a group of fans who had asked him for a selfie. The exact words that triggered the cricketer's reaction were not clear from the viral video. Despite being stopped by his wife, Haris took off his slippers and charged towards the fans, who he assumed were Indians. However, they clarified that they were from Pakistan.

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After the video sparked reactions and criticism on social media, Haris released a clarification through his social media channels, claiming that fans had criticized his family and parents.

“I decided not to post this on social media, but now that the video has been released, I feel it is necessary to address the situation. As public figures, we are open to all kinds of feedback from the public. They have the right to support or criticize us. However, when it comes to my parents and family, I will not hesitate to respond accordingly. It is important to show respect to people and their families, regardless of their profession,” he tweeted.

There has been a lot of resentment among Pakistani fans following Pakistan's heartbreaking exit from the T20 World Cup 2024. In fact, it was Pakistan's third group stage exit in the tournament's history, having finished runners-up in the previous edition in 2022.

Pakistan were surprised by co-hosts USA in their first Group A match in New York as the home team won via Super Over. However, Babar Azam's men looked set to stage an impressive comeback against arch-rivals India in the next match but were defeated in the chase for 119 points. While they eventually beat Canada and Ireland in their remaining group stage matches, Pakistan's exit from the race for the Super Eight stage was confirmed with the USA-Ireland loss on Saturday.