While there has been a buzz around the international cricket arena for New Zealand pulling out of the Pakistan tour citing a credible security threat, the news led to all kinds of speculations as to what prompted the Black Caps to take such a huge step on short notice.
While there was nothing concrete provided by New Zealand Cricket, Pakistan's Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary claimed in a press conference on Wednesday that there was, in fact, a threat but from a fake account of a militant organisation by the name of 'Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan'.
Deliberating further on the matter, he specified that the threat actually emerged from India and was done from a person named Om Prakash Mishra. It is the name of the singer who had gone viral on social media thanks to his song 'Bol Na Aunty Aaun kya'.
Check out the detailed matter as revealed by Fawad Chaudhary:
Following New Zealand's cancellation of their tour, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also pulled out of their scheduled visit to the South Asian country. New Zealand's gesture has understandably been criticised by the former and current crop of Pakistani cricketers.
Notably, despite the assurance from former Pakistan cricket captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan, New Zealand did not complete their tour and instead flew to Dubai ahead of the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, West Indies batter Chris Gayle, who is with the Punjab Kings in UAE, posted a cheerful tweet not only saying that he was ready to go to Pakistan but also asking who will accompany him.
His tweet went viral with even the Pakistan Cricket Board sharing it. Many cricketers including the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Amir replied to the great gesture from the Jamaican.
"Welcome @henrygayle U r a true Champion loads of love from Pakistan," Hafeez had replied.
Amir had, in the meantime, responded by writing, "see u there legend," and accompanying them with smiling faces.
However, following the Pakistani minister's revelation of Om Prakash Mishra being involved in New Zealand's cancellation of tour, netizens have filled it will all kinds of memes and messages.
Check out some of the most hilarious memes here: