A sports reporter questioned former Pakistan women’s cricketer and commentator, Marina Iqbal, for wearing heels on the cricket pitch in the ongoing National T20 Cup. He took to Twitter to question the commentator without realizing that she was not wearing heels on the pitch.
He asked, “Is it legal to wear heels on a cricket pitch?”, while tagging other sports journalists and PCB’s Twitter account
کیا پچ پر ہیل والی جوتی پہن کر ٹہلنا قانونی ہے؟؟؟
رائے چاہیے@sohailimrangeo @anussaeed1 @Shoaib_Jatt @hashmi_shahid @MarinaMI_24 @NT20Cup @TheRealPCB #NationalT20Cup #NT20CUP pic.twitter.com/2dF7Jug5SK
— Qadir Khawaja (@iamqadirkhawaja) October 5, 2020
Marina Iqbal, who is Pakistan’s first female commentator, responded by showing her picture from a different angle which clearly shows that she was not wearing heels while on the pitch. She added that she has been a former international cricketer and she is aware of the rules and regulations.
She also said that the reporter should research properly and not assume things based on ‘half-knowledge’.
Half knowledge can be dangerous Qadir. It's flats on pitch and heels in pre match. I am a former Pakistan player, I know the protocols. pic.twitter.com/8DcrG8UWgT
— Marina Iqbal (@MarinaMI_24) October 5, 2020
Pakistan’s first female sports journalist, Aalia Rasheed, also presented her views on the debate. She said it is better to increase the knowledge of the game rather than resorting to personal attacks for fame.
Journalism main naam paida karnay kay liyey personal attacks ka sahara mat lain, game ka knowledge increase karain, Allah izzaat dainay wala hai. https://t.co/6fnRggo9NZ
— Aalia Rasheed (@aaliaaaliya) October 5, 2020
Marina Iqbal made her debut for Pakistan in 2009 and played international cricket for six years. She played 36 ODIs and 42 T20Is, scoring 436 and 340 runs respectively.