Amid the lockdown in Pakistan due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan Super League franchise, Islamabad United used a picture of Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball in the 2017 Champions Trophy in England against Pakistan in the final to spread COVID-19 awareness among their citizens to not step out of their house. Also Read - Nepal Airport Under Renovation Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
The tweet by Islamabad United read, “Don’t cross the line. It can be costly, Don’t leave your homes unnecessarily, MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCE but make sure your hearts remain close. #UnitedAgainstCovid19” Also Read - Bangladesh Govt Decides Not to Extend COVID-19 Shutdown
An Indian fan took offense to the tweet and came up with the perfect reply to the Islamabad United franchise. He posted a picture of Mohammed Amir’s infamous no-ball in the Lord’s Test against England in 2010. He uploaded the picture with the caption saying that everyone should stay inside and stay safe or they could face 5 years of prison.
In that final, Burmah had got Pakistan opener, Fakhar Zaman, out early when he nicked the ball to MS Dhoni. However, when the third umpire checked, it showed that the Indian pacer had overstepped. This turned out to be a huge turning point in that match. Zaman went on to score a match-winning century in that final and Pakistan won the match as well.
Meanwhile, the PSL had to be suspended with the semis and the final yet to be played due to the pandemic. The foreign players were asked to leave and return to their homes.