On Twitter, both Jared Afridi and Kolkata Knight Riders denied the reports
Reports that Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan suggested a match between PSL’s Peshawar Zalmi and IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders have been revealed as fake.
News originally reported that SRK proposed a match between crickets teams from Pakistan Super League and Indian Premier League.
Reports also claimed that if the match does indeed happen, it would hopefully improve the Indian-Pakistani relationship.
On 5th March 2017, Peshawar Zalmi won the Pakistan Super League Final in Lahore. They beat against Quetta Gladiators and won by 58 runs.
The fake news told how Shahrukh Khan, who co-owns Kolkata Knight Riders, congratulated the Pakistani team’s CEO Javed Afridi on the win. Afridi said that he also received congratulations from other Bollywood stars. These included Sanjay Kapoor and Gulshan Grover.
However, news outlets claimed Shahrukh Khan also made the suggestion to organise a three-match series between the two cricket teams.
SRK’s team have also been victorious in the past, winning the Indian Premier League twice.
The fake news also claimed that Afridi confirmed the report. He supposedly said both the Indian and Pakistani government would need to approve the suggested match before plans take shape
Fake news claimed Afridi said: “Shahrukh congratulated me and suggested a T20 series between Kolkata Knight Riders and Peshawar Zalmi.”
“Shahrukh has asked me to talk to the Pakistani government and he will talk to the Indian government himself.”
However, on Twitter, both Jared Afridi and Kolkata Knight Riders denied the reports:
KKR won't be playing any unauthorized games/leagues as some false reports are claiming.
No such communication happened from our end.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 9, 2017
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) March 9, 2017
Even Kolkata Knight Riders CEO, Venky Mysore said:
“I just had a word with Shahrukh and he told me that he has been so busy shooting these days that he didn’t even know that any such league was happening in Pakistan or Dubai, let alone calling any franchise owner and congratulating him on winning the tournament.”
This fake news will no doubt come as a disappointment to many cricket fans. India and Pakistan last played a full bilateral series in 2007.
It appears fans will have to wait a long while before they see a match between teams from the PSL and IPL.