Pakistan Cricket Board found and reported a fake Twitter account using the identity of Zaka Ashraf, who was recently named Chairman of the PCB Management Committee.
The fake account started in February 2021, which goes by the handle @IZakaAshraf, has drawn a lot of attention and gained over 8,000 followers. The PCB quickly disproved the false claims made by the fake identity, stating that Zaka Ashraf does not have a Twitter account.
Before being ultimately deactivated, the fake account had sent out a total of 55 tweets. Among these fake reports were the allegations that Imran Farhat had been chosen to serve as the batting coach and that former cricketer Mohammad Hafeez was offered the position of head selector for the cricket team. These erroneous claims have not only confused people but also created a false picture of the PCB’s functioning.
Zaka Ashraf’s fake Twitter handle made several fake claims
The fake account also blatantly made an attempt to start a debate by bringing up the legendary Johnny Bairstow incident from the Ashes 2023. “The man won the World Cup with overthrow runs,” said the fake tweet.
“Even more than India, England’s cricket team is the greatest cheater in the sport’s history while talking about the spirit of cricket”, he claimed in one of his tweets. These false and provocative claims have the intention of creating unnecessary stress among cricket fans.
The PCB quickly informed the public of the impersonation after the false account was found, highlighting that Zaka Ashraf does not have an official account on Twitter.
The board warned against getting deceived by unverified accounts and advised cricket fans and others to rely on reliable sources of information.
The PCB’s quick response in identifying and reporting the fake Zaka Ashraf Twitter account shows the board’s commitment to upholding the integrity of its channels of communication.
It is important to rely on reputable sources for reliable and up-to-date data about the activities and decisions of the PCB as cricket supporters eagerly anticipate developments to come under Zaka Ashraf’s leadership.