It’s only cricket for God sake: Sania Mirza slams TV ads ahead of Pak-India clash

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Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Wednesday slammed offensive TV advertisements that are doing the rounds on TV and social media in India and Pakistan.

“Cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border seriously guys, you don’t need to ‘hype up’ or market the match anymore specially with rubbish! it has ENOUGH attention already! It’s only cricket for God sake, and if you think it’s anymore than that then get a grip or get a life !!,” Sania Mirza tweeted.

TV ads have been a topic for heated debate among fans ahead of the India-Pakistan World Cup 2019 clash.

A World Cup advertisement by a Pakistani channel featuring Abhinandan Varthaman lookalike has drawn angry reactions from people in India.

The 33-second ad shows a model in a blue India jersey, sporting Varthaman’s trademark moustache. He is seen repeating Abhinandan’s viral remarks, “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this” to the questions asked on India’s strategy for the match.

In India, on the other hand, the Star Sports has been running an ad where an Indian supporter calls himself Pakistan’s father, referring to India’s domination over their rivals in the World Cup.

The match in Manchester will be the 7th World Cup meeting between India and Pakistan.