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On Wednesday, Pakistan’s famous cricket mascot,’ Chacha Cricket,’ posted a video message to shoot down rumours of his death on social media that had gone viral.
“Death is a reality, it will come and no one will save [me] from it,” he says in the video. “Whoever posted my picture on Facebook and spread this fake news [of my death], may Allah give him hidayat (guidance) as well. I am alive and well.”
Sufi Abdul Jalil, widely recognized by his nickname “Chacha Cricket,” concluded the short video statement by promising to wave Pakistan’s flag until he was alive in cricket stadiums.
— Zahid Gishkori (@ZahidGishkori) November 18, 2020
To millions of cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world, Chacha Cricket is a familiar face. Whenever the green shirts are closing in on an exciting finish or face a difficult challenge, TV cameras always focus on him, waving Pakistan’s flag in the crowd.
For the past 50 years, he has been a super fan of the Pakistan cricket team and has travelled across the globe to cheer the men in green.