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Pakistani players have been ridiculed on social media and lambasted by former cricketers after the 89-run defeat to India in the marquee World Cup clash. @ IANS

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir pleaded with fans to not use “bad words” for players, while senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik called for families to be kept out of criticism that has been pouring in after their ICC World Cup 2019 loss to arch-rivals India in Manchester on Sunday.

Pakistani players have been ridiculed on social media and lambasted by former cricketers after the 89-run defeat to India in the marquee World Cup clash.

Sarfaraz Ahmed’s captaincy was called “brainless” by former pacer Shoaib Akhtar, while Shoaib Malik, who was out for a first-ball duck in the game, found himself in the eye of a storm after videos of a night-out with Indian tennis star wife Sania Mirza went viral on social media.

“On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It’s not a nice thing to do,” Malik tweeted. (ALSO READ: ICC defends India-Pakistan finish citing net-run rate as potential tie-breaker)

There were questions raised about the Pakistan players’ fitness and the apparent flouting of the curfew norms after a series of photos and videos showed certain members of the team allegedly socialising past curfew.

The posts went viral online even as the Sunday’s match was in progress.

Malik though has claimed that the purported video is of June 13 and not before the night of the match.

“When will Pak media be accountable for their credibility by our courts? Having served my country for +20 years in international cricket, it’s sad that I have to clarify things related to my personal life. The videos are from 13th June and not 15th,” he tweeted. (VIDEO: Sarfraz Ahmed is a brainless captain: Shoaib Akhtar lashes out at Pakistan team following crushing defeat against India)

Some former players like Mohammed Yousuf have stated that Malik, who is set to retire from the ODI format after the World Cup, should not get another game in the event following Sunday’s debacle.

Malik, meanwhile, also clarified that the video in circulation was not from the night before the match as is being claimed on various social media platforms.

Amir, whose personal performance was a decent 3/47 in 10 overs on Sunday, also requested fans to be restrained in their criticism.

“Pls dont use bad words for the players yes u guys can criticise our performance we will bounce back InshAllah we need ur support,” he tweeted.

Pakistan’s next match is against South Africa on June 23. With just one win from five games, the team is currently lying second from bottom in the points table and looks unlikely to make the semi-finals.