PCB Observes Players’ Social Media Interactions With Fans
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken notice of the national players engaging in question-and-answer sessions with fans on X (formerly Twitter), as reported by a local sports channel.
It has been revealed that the PCB is planning to formulate a policy regarding player participation in social media activities. The board considers these social media interactions significant, aiming to ensure that players avoid getting involved in any controversies.
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To address this matter, the PCB intends to discuss the issues with the players and their agents. The International Cricket Department has been directed to investigate and manage this aspect of player engagement with fans on social media.
In recent events, both star batter Babar Azam and T20I captain Shaheen Afridi participated in Q&A sessions on X. Babar Azam conducted a Space session on February 1, where he responded to fans’ queries from the previous day. The 29-year-old cricketer shared insights into various aspects of his cricket career, life, and family. Notably, his teammate and Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan made a surprise appearance during the session, posing a question about Babar’s plans for marriage.
On a separate occasion, Shaheen Afridi hosted a Q&A session on February 4. During this session, fans inquired about the potential of him bowling alongside retired pacer Mohammad Amir in the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2024. Afridi, in response, expressed his intention to explore whether Amir would be open to making a comeback to the team.
In light of these interactions, the PCB aims to regulate and guide players’ social media activities to maintain a positive public image and avoid any unnecessary controversies. The board recognizes the influence and impact of players’ online presence and is keen on ensuring responsible and constructive engagement with fans.