"I am a former Pakistan player, I know the protocols."
Female cricket commentator Marina Iqbal gave a befitting reply to a troll who questioned why she was wearing high heels.
Marina is a former cricketer for the Pakistan national team and is now a commentator, becoming the first Pakistani woman to do so.
The 33-year-old is currently on duty at the ongoing National T20 Cup in Multan and Rawalpindi.
The tournament started on September 30, 2020, and will continue until October 18.
Marina is breaking new ground when it comes to cricket and broadcasting in Pakistan. However, she was trolled on social media for wearing high heels.
A social media user by the name of Qadir Khawaja questioned how Marina could wear high heels while being on the pitch.
According to his social media page, Qadir claims to be a sports reporter and anchor for NEO News.
He wrote in Urdu: “Is it legal to roam around on the pitch wearing heels? Need opinions.”
But Marina came forward with a fitting reply. She took to Twitter and shared photos from various angles which showed her wearing flat shoes while on the pitch and heels during pre-match and post-match coverage.
She replied: “Half knowledge can be dangerous Qadir. It’s flats on pitch and heels in pre-match. I am a former Pakistan player, I know the protocols.”
Half knowledge can be dangerous Qadir. It's flats on pitch and heels in pre match. I am a former Pakistan player, I know the protocols. pic.twitter.com/8DcrG8UWgT
— Marina Iqbal (@MarinaMI_24) October 5, 2020
Marina’s reply won praise from social media users.
One person said: “Good reply Marina.”
“Responding to journalists in this way moves them to think multiple times before posting anything.”
Qadir later responded to Marina’s comment, saying: “Thanks for your explanation.”
Marina made her One-Day international debut in 2009 against Ireland in Dublin.
She made headlines in 2015 when she scored her first half-century in an ODI in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Marina represented Pakistan for six years and played in 34 ODIs and 42 T20Is.
After retiring from cricket, Marina moved into commentary and made her debut during the Pakistan-Australia women’s cricket series held in Malaysia.
While Marina put the online troll back in his place, this is not the first time it has happened.
In 2017, Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj was asked who her favourite male cricketer was between India and Pakistan.
She gave a witty response and said it was unfair to be compared to their male counterparts.
Mithali said: “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?”