Controversial Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of legendary Inzamam ul Haq, has tendered unconditional apology for being involved in an online scandal with multiple women and the cricket board has let him off with a reprimand. The Pakistan opener, whose place in the side has always been under scanner for allegedly being a product of nepotism, found himself in trouble when a few women posted screen shots of his objectionable whatsapp conversations with them and accused him of misleading them.
"Imam was remorseful and has apologised for what all has happened. But we have told him in clear terms although this is his personal and private matter but we expect our players to adhere to the highest standards of ethics and discipline," PCB MD Wasim Khan said on Monday.
Wasim said the board had viewed the matter seriously and spoken to Imam about it.
"We don't like to comment on personal affairs of a player but we expect that our centrally contracted players will also show more responsibility being ambassadors of Pakistan cricket and Pakistan. Hopefully we will not see such incidents again."
What was the matter?
Imam was exposed to having multiple love affairs on social media via chats. A user uploaded their WhatsApp chats on Twitter and accused him of cheating on her. The 23-year-old opener was found to being involved with 7-8 girls at the same time and chats with around four of them have been leaked so far. This doesn’t bode well for the opener, who averages 54.58 in 36 ODIs with seven centuries.
Interestingly, the user also claims to have a few videos of Imam Ul Haq getting involved with different girls at the same time. However, he said, “I will only share the videos if girls allow me to do so”.
“Far too many women have been manipulated and taken advantage of. This needs to come to an end. Being a victim to this myself. I can say, yes, it is cheating. But in what way is cheating on someone okay, that too, with multiple partners, the girl said according to Geo TV.
Imam-ul-Haq himself is yet to comment on the matter and it remains to be seen if he comes up with any explanation over the same.