A petition has been filed against several Pakistan cricketers for smoking sheesha before their Cricket World Cup fixture against India. The bizarre petition has been filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC) by advocate Abdul Jalil Marwat against just-retired Shoaib Malik, pacer Wahab Riaz and batsman Imam-ul-Haq.
Soon after the game against India, a video went viral showing the players enjoying sheesha. Some Pakistani fans claimed they saw Shoaib Malik smoking sheesha at 2am at the lounge on Winslow Road in Manchester, while others were having junk food, including “burgers and pizzas”.
The petitioner, who calls himself ‘the most dedicated fan of cricket in Pakistan’, stated the poor performance of the players was the reason behind the team’s poor performance against India. The Men in Blue had thoroughly dominated the contest to thrash Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method). Asked to bat first, India piled up a huge total of 336 for 5 in the stipulated 50 overs. In reply, Pakistan finished on 2121 for 6 in 40 overs.
“In this important match, senior player Shoaib Malik scored zero runs, Imam-ul-Haq scored seven runs and Wahab Riaz took only one wicket,” the petition read.
Marwat added that smoking sheesha with a baby present is a crime. He also said that players smoking sheesha was one of the reasons why the fans were so angry after the loss. He also appealed to the court to ask the Pakistan Cricket Board why they have not taken any action yet.
In the wake of the incident, both Shoaib Malik as well as PCB has rubbished the rumours. While Malik has expressed his anger over his privacy being invaded, the PCB has said that no players had breached the team’s curfew. Meanwhile, Pakistan exited the World Cup at the group stage. They finished on 11 points but missed out due to poor net run-rate.