News from Pakistani accounts is making the rounds following Afghanistan’s historic victory over England in the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, stating that Rashid Khan dedicated the victory to the Palestinian people and the victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan.
Zubair Shakeel Wani (“@ZubiTalks“), one of the verified profiles on twitter, claimed same that the win in the match was for the brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and Palestine. The tweet was made on Oct 15,2023 by the user.
Rashid Khan 🗣️— Zubair Shakeel Wani (@ZubiTalks) October 15, 2023
The win against 🏴 was for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan 🇦🇫& Palestine 🇵🇸 🤲🏼
🏴 vs 🇦🇫
Arun Jaitley 🏟️ #EnglandCricket #ENGvsAFG #AFGvsENG #غزة_تزحف_الى_القدس #Gaza #Gaza_under_attack #PalestineGenocide #IsraelPalestineConflict… pic.twitter.com/MxRsVyprAF
Several other accounts on twitter, including Fakhar Zaman (“@FakharZamaanPAK“) also claimed the same alongwith otehr users. According to him, it is one of the most memorable matches which honour the brothers and sisters in Palestine and Afghanistan. He appreciated the affection and help.
Is the Claim Made by the Users Really True? : Fact
No, the Claim made by several user accounts is not true at all.
The truth is that the Afghan players dedicated their victory to the victims of the earthquake in their own country, not to the Palestinian people. Mujeeb Ur Rahman has devoted his POTM to the Afghan earthquake victims. Rashid Khan was translating Pashto to English during Mujeeb’s interview. Rashid thanked the Delhi crowd for their love and support to Afghanistan.
England vs Afghanistan was the 13th Match of ICC Cricket Wold Cup 2023, which took place in the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi on Oct 15,2023. Afghanistan won by 69 runs in this match. PLAYER OF THE MATCH was Mujeeb Ur Rahman on this day. cricbuzz shared all the details about the match and it is an overview for those who missed the match on that day. The statements made by Mujeeb Ur Rahman was translated to English by Rashid Khan. He said ” Very proud moment to be here in the World Cup and beating the champions. It’s a great achievement for the whole team, we worked hard for this day. We beat such a big team. It was a wonderful performance from the bowlers and the batters. As a spinner, it’s pretty hard to bowl in the powerplay, you have only two fielders outside. That’s something I’ve been working in the nets. Bowling with the new ball and trying to be as consistent as possible. That’s something which has made me more effective. I am always trying to bowl stump to stump and keep it simple. We knew that the dew was going to come and play a part in the latter part. That’s why I was telling the captain to bowl me in the powerplay. We were mentally prepared. (On his batting) It’s all about the management, the players. They give me confidence in the nets. He has always been with me in the nets, my partner. He wants to hit each and every ball, that’s the area I want to contribute as well. Those 20-25 runs means a lot for the team. This trophy is for the people back home who are affected by the earthquake in Herat. This whole win is for them.”
Johns. (“@CricCrazyJohns“), clearly wrote the statement made by Rashid Khan. Rashid Khan said “Cricket is the only source of happiness in Afghanistan, recently there was an Earthquake, many lost everything, this will give them some happiness – this is for them”.
Rashid Khan (“@rashidkhan_19“) thanked the Delhi crowd who supported Afghanistan throughout the match on his twitter post.
D-Intent’s Fact- Checking Results:
1215— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) October 16, 2023
FACT: Pakistani accounts are circulating news after the historic win of Afghanistan against England at the ongoing #WorldCup2023 in India, claiming that Rashid Khan has dedicated the win to earthquake victims in Afghanistan and Palestinians. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/ZO5iHjYCIy
After the AFG vs ENG match in Delhi, Pakistani accounts started spreading false information to highlight the Middle East conflict.
Claim : Following the historic victory of Afghanistan over England in the ongoing ICC CricketWorld Cup 2023, news reports from Pakistan claim that Rashid Khan dedicated the victory to the Palestinian people and the victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan.
Fact : The fact is that the Afghan players dedicated the win to earthquake victims in Afghanistan only, not to Palestinians.