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Fact Check: Truth Behind Viral Video Portraying Shakib Al Hasan Beaten By The Mob As Soon As He Reached Bangladesh

It is essential to discern actual context behind such videos before propagating misleading information across social media.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Nov 23, 2023 16:30 IST
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The recent viral video circulating on social media, supposedly depicting Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib Al Hasan being attacked due to Bangladesh’s poor performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup, has sparked widespread concern and speculation. However, the reality behind the video diverges significantly from this narrative.

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The video, showing a scuffle involving Shakib and Bengali supporters, was not a consequence of Bangladesh’s World Cup performance. Instead, it originated from an incident that occurred in Dubai during an event at a shopping mall, completely unrelated to the cricket tournament. Although the footage displayed an altercation between Shakib and some fans, the context was not linked to the World Cup or the team’s outcomes.

Bangladesh indeed faced a challenging run in the ODI World Cup 2023, winning only two matches out of nine against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. During the tournament, Shakib encountered criticism, particularly following an incident involving Mathews in a match against Sri Lanka. His performance in the tournament also drew scrutiny, coinciding with Bangladesh’s lackluster overall performance, notably losing to the Netherlands.

However, the viral video’s connection to Bangladesh’s World Cup showing is erroneous. It is essential to discern the actual context behind such videos before propagating misleading information across social media platforms.

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In light of the poor World Cup results, Shakib faced criticism not just for his on-field performance but also for incidents that occurred during matches. These included the timing-out of Mathews during a game against Sri Lanka, drawing ire from spectators and intensifying the scrutiny on Shakib’s conduct.

Despite Bangladesh’s disappointing World Cup campaign and the subsequent uproar, the video purportedly depicting Shakib’s assault is not reflective of the aftermath of the cricketing event. The misinterpretation of this footage illustrates the dangers of spreading unverified information, urging for greater caution and fact-checking before attributing incidents to specific contexts, particularly in the sensitive realm of sports and player behavior.

This incident highlights the significance of verifying the authenticity and context of viral content before drawing conclusions or contributing to the spread of misleading information, as it can create unwarranted controversies and misconceptions about players and their actions.

First published on: Nov 23, 2023 04:30 PM IST

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