‘There was also abuse hurled at my wife’: Tabraiz Shamsi responds to the social media bullying


In the aftermath of South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi dismissing Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav during a recent cricket match, the player has spoken out against the social media bullying he and his family have faced. Shamsi revealed that the abuse extended beyond the cricketing realm, with derogatory comments targeting his wife.

Indian cricket fans abused Tabraiz Shamsi and his wife

The incident occurred during the second T20I at St George’s Park on December 12, and Shamsi’s crucial wicket of Suryakumar Yadav prompted a strong reaction from Indian fans on social media platforms. While players are accustomed to facing criticism and praise, the nature of the comments took an alarming turn, crossing the boundaries of sportsmanship.

In a statement, Shamsi expressed his disappointment at the use of abusive language and emphasized the need for respectful discourse in the online space. He highlighted that such behavior not only affects the players but also their families, urging for a more considerate approach from fans.

‘People think they have free licence’: Shamsi

“People took it in a negative way; they thought it was disrespectful,” Shamsi was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz. “I had so much abuse hurled at me. It was probably the worst it’s ever been. There was also abuse hurled at my wife. I didn’t appreciate that. It’s uncalled for. It’s fine if you want to have a dig at the players, but to involve family and say nasty things, that pushes it to another level.

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The wrist-spinner added: “I feel that if players don’t say anything about it, then people think they have free licence. More people need to speak up and say it’s not OK. Yes, we’re all trying our best. Yes, your team might not win or you might not agree with certain things. But you need to behave like a human being. You can’t carry on like an animal.”

Cricket authorities and players’ associations have increasingly been addressing the issue of online abuse faced by players. The relentless targeting of athletes, even beyond the sporting context, has raised concerns about the mental health and well-being of those involved.

Shamsi’s decision to speak out against the abuse adds his voice to the growing chorus of players advocating for a safer and more respectful online environment.

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