A Pakistani scribe found himself at the receiving end of criticism after he objected to the national women's football team players donning s h orts during an ongoing SAFE Championship in Kathmandu. The incident took place after Pakistan registered their first win in eight years as they defeated Maldives by seven goals.
During the post-match press conference, a reporter raised questions on the players wearing shorts during the game citing the Islamic protocols. The question by the journalist received a sharp reaction from the attendees as many people came down hard on the media person for focusing on the players' clothes and not their achievements.
The national team coach, Adeel Rizki was taken aback by the question and suggested keeping a 'progressive' approach to the sport. "As you know we belong to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which is an Islamic country, I want to ask why these girls are wearing shorts, not leggings," asked the reporter to the team's manager and other officials at the post-match press conference.
In response to the controversial question from the reporter, Rizki said that we have never tried to stop anyone as far as the uniform is concerned. "It's something we don't control," said the national coach.
The video of the incident sparked a debate on social media about the reporter's line of questioning as fame TV host and RJ Anoushey Ashraf, squash player Noorena Shams and many other prominent personalities came out in support of the players and lashed out at the reporter for carrying 'regressive approach.' Notably, football activities have resumed in Pakistan only recently with FIFA finally allowing its teams to participate in international and regional events.