Pakistan cricket team has been causing quite a stir, and it’s not just on the field. As they gear up for their first match in the T20 World Cup 2024, the cricketers decided to trade their cricket gear for cowboy hats in a fun promotional video that has set social media abuzz. But not everyone is amused.

Pakistan cricketers embraced a cowboy theme in a lighthearted clip released by the ICC. With matches being held in Texas, the players sported cowboy hats and enjoyed a playful moment away from their rigorous cricket routine.

The ICC even dubbed the team “Howdy PK,” highlighting the camaraderie and spirit among the players. Stars like Shaheen Afridi, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Naseem Shah showed off their cowboy swagger, adding a bit of Wild West charm to their World Cup preparations.

Fans Are Not Impressed

While the video was meant to be a fun diversion, many fans have not taken kindly to it. Considering the recent form of Pakistan, the cricketers’ cowboy antics have sparked a backlash.

Critics argue that the team should focus on their game rather than engage in promotional activities. Pakistan’s recent performances have been inconsistent, to say the least.

The Green Shirts managed to level a T20I series at home against a third-string New Zealand team. They then lost an away T20I to a weak Ireland team before bouncing back to win the series 2-1. Followed by a 2-0 defeat in England with two matches washed out.

The public reaction has been mixed, with a significant number of fans expressing their disappointment. Many took to social media to voice their concerns, questioning why the team is engaging in off-field activities when their on-field performance needs attention.


Criticism From Former Captain

Former captain Rashid Latif didn’t hold back either. He criticized the team for their meet-and-greet sessions instead of focusing on practice. On Twitter, he voiced his disapproval:

“How can you Meet and Greet During and before World Cup? Why does @TheRealPCBMedia allow private dinners? They change practice timings to participate in commercial dinners. Please focus on cricket, and the money will come automatically. Entry fees $25.00.”


The Green Shirts have a lot of questions that remain unanswered. The players need to prioritize their practice sessions and focus on honing their skills if they hope to perform well in the World Cup. Promotional activities, while fun, should not come at the cost of preparation and performance.

Only time will tell if the cowboy antics will be remembered as a fun distraction or a fumble in their World Cup journey.

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