Wasim Akram
A picture of the Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan from the archives Together, Wasim Akram and Imran Khan

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has gotten itself into further trouble after its apparent attempt to end the controversy surrounding the distribution of a film honoring the former players backfired.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has gotten itself into further trouble by trying to fix the situation it caused when it released a tribute film to the retiring players. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) received a lot of criticism online after releasing a memorial video on August 14 that failed to include former captain Imran Khan. The PCB released an odd explanation late Wednesday night, saying that the tribute film had been edited down and that key scenes had been cut out owing to time constraints, but that these issues had been fixed in the uncut version.

It was also revealed that the PCB has begun a marketing effort for the 2023 World Cup, of which the tribute film was a part.

Intriguingly, the “completed” version of the film is around the same length as the original video in which Imran was absent; but, this time the board has hacked all the clips and photographs of Wasim Akram and replaced them with Imran.

Cricket followers are starting to wonder what happened to Wasim on social media.

On Tuesday, Wasim had spoken out against the PCB for ignoring Imran’s contributions to some of Pakistan cricket’s most historic events. Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif found the PCB’s justification for editing the memorial film after nearly 48 hours difficult to swallow.

He wondered why the media and social media didn’t immediately acknowledge the error and make amends.

He also mentioned that the PCB has a verified X (formerly Twitter) account, allowing it to submit snippets and films of up to 7-8 minutes in length and that the PCB channel on YouTube has no such limit. “So where does this duration problem come in for PCB? “It is an attempt to cover up and save face, but the PCB still needs to give answers as to who was responsible for authorizing, making, approving, and publishing the film,” he continued.

On Thursday, the PCB produced a 2.5-minute film that attempted to chart Pakistan’s journey through every World Cup from 1975 until 2019. Neither a voiceover nor any actual footage of Pakistan’s World Cup performances or pivotal moments is included in the video.

Now some are wondering if a 2:30 film is enough to do justice to Pakistan’s journey in the 50-over showcase. COR PTI BS BS

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