India, Pak cricket fans supporting cross-border teams on Facebook

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2016 22:56 IST
The BCCI did not rule out the possibility of offering its help to Pakistan, but said there were quite a few issues, some of them beyond the two cricket boards’ control, which have to be looked into before things moved ahead. (File Photo)

The World T20 is one good occasion for cricket fans to show support beyond borders, irrespective of their own country. A better news of the cross-border love came via Facebook where many Pakistani cricket fans are expressing support to Team India during the ongoing T20 world cup. Many Indians are reciprocating the love and supporting the Pakistan cricket team, as ascertained by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday.

“Fans around the world are going to and using a profile frame to show support to their favourite teams.

But fans from India and Pakistan are doing something different. Hundreds of thousands of Indian cricket fans are putting the Pakistani frame around their picture. And Pakistani fans are doing the same thing -- showing support for India. They’re using the hashtag #ProfilesForPeace,” Zuckerberg said on his Facebook post.

The development comes in midst of Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s statement saying his team gets “loved more in India ” than in Pakistan and has never felt any security threat in the country.

Afridi has been criticised for the statement made on Sunday with former captain Javed Miandad calling it shameful . The flamboyant all-rounder has also been issued a legal notice in Lahore for his comment.

Under attack in Pakistan for his statement, Afridi clarified that he did not intend to demean his nation and was merely trying to give a “positive message” by showing respect to the fans here.

Zuckerberg said that when Facebook designed the profile frames feature, it just wanted to help people show support for their favourite teams or a cause they believe in.

“But this story shows that the more connected we are, the more we realise that what unites us is more important than what divides us,” Zuckerberg said.

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The post was liked by over 1.2 lakh Facebook users, shared by over 10,000 people and over 6,600 comments were made on it.

Facebook users showed mix reaction on the post of Facebook CEO with some inclined towards call for peace while other debated disputes between the two countries.

A verified Facebook user displaying Pakistan address, Rehan Allahwala posted, “If 1 million Pakistani know 10 million Indians on Facebook and vs versa, the border will become less relevant, I hope Peace, Love & Face-book can achieve that.”

Facebook user displaying India address, Saurabh Shukla commented, “Why do we fight when we can make peace and stay happy? Would love to see Pak & India get rid of terrorism and rise together.”

India and Pakistan are scheduled to play match against each other in this tournament on March 19.

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