Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Members of the Pakistan team have created a controversy just before the start of their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign. 

As per reports, Pakistan team hosted a 'private dinner' in the USA, inviting fans for a 'meet and greet.' However, this event wasn't free or for charity. It had an entry fee of $25, which upset many in the Pakistani cricket community. 

Many legendary Pakistan cricketers took to various social media platforms to criticize this event organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the players. Most of them were shocked by the concept.

"There are official dinners, but this is a private dinner. Who can do this? It's terrible. That means you met our players for $25. God forbid, if something went wrong, people would say the boys are just making money," said former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif.

"People tell me that whoever calls the Pakistan players, they just ask, 'how much money will you give?' This has become common. Things were different at our time, we had 2-3 dinners but they were official. But this is highlighted because it's the World Cup. So the players should be careful. The amount of 25 dollars shouldn't be blatantly used like this. You attend 2-3 dinners, but without the commercial angle. You can go for charity dinners and fundraisers, but this is neither fundraising nor a charity dinner. This is a private function with the name of Pakistan and Pakistan cricket associated with it. Don't make this mistake," he added.

Notably, Pakistan will start their World Cup campaign against at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas on June 6.

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