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ODI World Cup 2023: Mitchell McClenaghan shuts down a Pakistani fan for trolling BCCI, ICC and the umpires

During the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, a fiery exchange on social media captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide as former New Zealand cricketer Mitchell McClenaghan stepped in to defend the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the umpires, in response to a Pakistani fan’s inflammatory remarks.

Mitchell McClenaghan responds to Hasan Raza’s remarks

The incident unfolded after former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza accused the Men in Blue of receiving favouritism from the ICC, the BCCI and the umpires. He also asked for an investigation into the matter.

“It is surprising that when India is batting the ball behaves normally, but once they start bowling the ball starts to seam and swing. A few DRS decisions have also gone India’s way. No idea if ICC is helping here or the BCCI or the umpires in the middle,” said Raza in local chat show ‘ABN’.

Responding to Raza, the ex-New Zealand pacer McClenaghan swiftly intervened, saying: “Narh is this for real? He realises everyone picks from the same box of balls after the toss hahaha if this isn’t satire, I think there needs to be a full investigation into his mental health.”

Mitchell McClenaghan gives befitting reply to a Pakistani fan

Seeing McClenaghan’s tweet, one of Pakistani fans tried to troll the Rohit Sharma-led Indian side and the ICC.

“Yeah right, they have absolutely no history of influencing the ICC, just like u guys before them,” wrote the Pakistan Twitter user.

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McClenaghan soon refuted the fan’s derogatory comments, urging for a more constructive and respectful discourse among cricket fans.

“Just want to let you know… the earth isn’t flat,” the Kiwi superstar mentioned in his post.

McClenaghan’s strong defense of the BCCI, the governing body of Indian cricket, and the ICC, the global regulatory authority for the sport, underscored the importance of fostering a spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie, transcending the boundaries of national rivalry.

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As the ODI World Cup 2023 continues to captivate audiences worldwide, this incident serves as a timely reminder of the significance of upholding the values of integrity and respect within the cricketing fraternity, emphasizing the need for constructive dialogue and positive engagement among fans, players and officials.

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