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Indian Fans Defend Pakistan's Sarfaraz Ahmed For Wearing Traditional Outfit To Meet Queen Elizabeth – NDTV News

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Even as all the captains of the teams participating in the World Cup 2019 looked dapper dressed in smart suits when they met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and others from the Royal family, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed bravely stood out by sporting a traditional outfit from his country. Sarfaraz Ahmed attended the Royal meet dressed in a white shalwar kameez with the Pakistan team’s green blazer to back it up. While there were many who applauded Sarfaraz Ahmed for sticking to his roots, there were a few detractors as well, none more scathing than Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah.

Tarek Fatah trolled Sarfaraz Ahmed for being “dressed in pyjamas”, adding that he was surprised the Pakistan skipper “didn’t come in his Lungi-Banyan-Topi costume”.

While many Pakistanis hit back at Tarek Fatah for his comments, there were numerous Indian fans who came out in defence of Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Indian captain Virat Kohli too met the Queen and, standing next to England captain Eoin Morgan, was all smiles in the picture tweeted by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The World Cup 2019, to be contested in a round-robin format, began on Thursday with hosts England beating South Africa in the tournament opener at Kennington Oval, London.

Pakistan, led by Sarfraz Ahmed, will look to draw inspiration from their Champions Trophy 2017 triumph and begin their World Cup 2019 on a positive note against a power-hitting West Indies side at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday.

Pakistan were beaten by minnows Afghanistan in the warm-up game, while the Windies showed intent by scoring over 400 runs in the warm-up game against New Zealand.

Pakistan have lost their past ten One-day Internationals (ODI) including a 5-0 whitewash by Australia and 4-0 thumping by England and their problems were further compounded when they went down to outsiders Afghanistan by three wickets in a warm-up match.

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