Pakistan’s opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq has landed himself in a big mess after being exposed by several women for dating them and being allegedly involved with all of them at the same time.
Imam-ul-Haq’s initial selection in the team was termed controversial as his inclusion came after his uncle Inzamam-ul-Haq took charge of the Pakistan Cricket Board Selection Committee. However, Imam was able to silence his critics by putting up some consistent performances and established himself as the team's first-choice opening option.
While it was easy to silence his critics with the bat, it will be much more difficult for him to silence those who are speaking out against him in the controversy as it goes against the nation's culture and religious views.
Some Tweeps couldn't help but find humor even in this controversy.
A Twitter user leaked the Pakistani openers' social media and WhatsApp chats, with several girls alleging that the cricketer cheated on them. This was followed by many pictures which the girls shared themselves as they found out that they had been lied to and cheated on by Imam.
From the tweets, it looks like Imam-ul-Haq had several affairs with different women at the same time and even made fake promises of marrying them, only to turn on them later.
Imam was an integral part of the Pakistan cricket team during the recently-concluded World Cup 2019 and scored a century against Bangladesh. However, the team was unable to qualify for the semi-finals due to a lower net run-rate.
While Pakistani cricketers have remained in the news for various controversies, it will be interesting to see how Imam-ul-Haq responds to these allegations against him as he has been quite vocal about his critics in the past.
While no official word has come from Imam or the Pakistan Cricket Board yet, we expect that it won’t take too long before one of the two come out with a statement.
Many Twitter users have also come out to clarify that the controversy does not fall under the #MeToo controversy, as Imam has neither harassed or threatened anyone and the relationships were mutual.