After the Asia Cup 2023 cricket match between India and Pakistan on 2 September 2023 was abandoned (here and here) due to rain, a video of Pakistani players celebrating in their dressing room emerged on social media. These visuals are claimed to showcase the Pakistani cricketers celebrating the match’s cancellation. Let’s fact-check this claim through this article.
Claim: Visuals of Pakistani cricket players celebrating in their dressing room after the India vs. Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 match got abandoned due to rain.
Fact: This is an old video clip from 2022. The visuals show Pakistani cricket players celebrating their victory against India during a match in T20 Asia Cup 2022. Hence, the claim made in the post is False.
To learn more about the viral clip, we performed a basic keyword search on the internet, leading us to a tweet posted by the official Twitter handle of the Pakistan Cricket Board on 05 September 2022. According to the post’s description, this tweet contained a video showing the “raw emotions, the reactions and the celebrations” of the Pakistani players over their five-wicket win against India during the T20 Asia Cup 2022.
This match took place on 4 September 2022. The viral clip is just a tiny portion of this 3-minute video. Clearly, this clip is being taken out of context, and a false narrative is built around it to say that these visuals show Pakistani players celebrating the cancellation of their Asia Cup match against India on 2 September 2023.
To sum up, this video does not show Pakistani cricket players celebrating the abandonment of their match against India on 2 September 2023. This is an old video from last year’s Asia Cup.