After social media backlash, Pakistan Cricket Board posts new promotional video featuring Imran Khan
Following a severe reaction for omitting Imran Khan from an official film celebrating the country's cricket achievements, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) published a revised version of the footage that included the 1992 World Cup-winning skipper Imran Khan.
The PCB referred to the new video as the "original version" and noted that the previous film removed "significant clips due to time constraints."
"In preparation for the CWC 2023, the PCB has launched a promotional campaign." One of the videos was posted on August 14, 2023. The video was shortened due to its length, and some essential portions were omitted.
"This has been corrected in the complete version of the video," PCB noted with the new video on its social media page.
The movie has been updated to include four segments, showing Khan's contributions and lifting the coveted trophy as captain in 1992, Misbah-ul-Haq's Test mace victory, the Women's teams success at the Asia Cup, and Nida Dar's 100-wicket achievement.
Wasim Akram, Imran Khan's teammate and member of the 1992 World Cup-winning squad, had previously chastised the PCB for not putting Imran Khan in the movie.
"After long flights and hours of transit before reaching Sri Lanka, I got the shock of my life when I watched PCB's short clip on the history of Pakistan cricket minus the great Imran Khan," Akram said on X (previously known as Twitter).
Regardless of political differences, Imran Khan is a world cricket hero who built Pakistan into a strong entity in his time and provided us with a route… PCB should erase the video and issue an apology."
The cricketer-turned-politician established the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and served as Pakistan's Prime Minister from 2018 to 2022.
He was removed from government following a successful no-confidence vote in 2022, and he was recently imprisoned on alleged corruption allegations.