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PCB to Set Rules for Players on Hosting Live Audio Chats on Social Media

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly planning to devise a policy for its players on their participation in social media spaces, a feature that allows users to host live audio conversations on platforms like X (formerly Twitter).

The PCB is concerned that the players may not get involved in any controversy while interacting with fans and answering their questions on social media. The board will also consider the players’ central contracts while formulating the policy.

As per sources, the PCB will discuss the matter with the players and their agents, and has instructed its International Cricket Department to review the issue.

The move comes after some of the prominent players, such as Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi, hosted space sessions on X recently and talked about various aspects of their cricketing and personal lives.

Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan’s Test and ODI teams, hosted a space on February 1, where he answered questions from fans that he had received a day earlier. The 29-year-old batsman shared his views on his cricket career, his life and his parents. However, he was caught off guard when his teammate and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan joined the space and asked him about his marriage plans.

Babar initially did not recognize Rizwan’s voice but later asked him how he managed to enter the space. Rizwan insisted that Babar should reveal his marriage plans, but Babar said he would answer him privately.

Shaheen Afridi, the captain of Pakistan’s T20I team, hosted a space on February 4, where he was asked by a fan if he would like to bowl with Mohammad Amir, the former pacer who retired from international cricket last year, in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Afridi said he would talk to Amir and see if he was willing to make a comeback for Pakistan.

Afridi said he enjoyed bowling with Amir in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where they played for the same team, Lahore Qalandars. He said it was a great experience to bowl with him after almost five years, and that they had a good partnership.

The PCB’s policy on players’ use of social media spaces is expected to provide guidelines and regulations for the players to avoid any potential problems or controversies while engaging with their fans and followers online.

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