Newsnight has apologized for showing footage of Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram instead of his former teammate-turned-politician Imran Khan. The flagship BBC2 news programme opened with a piece documenting Khan’s journey from a cricketing hero to a potential prime minister. They showed a clip of former Pakistan pacer and cricket team captain Wasim Akram instead of Imran, but by the time the news channel realised their mistake and deleted the tweet, screenshots of the same flooded on Twitter. The gaffe was slammed by many including Pakistani’s for ignorance.
Apologies on our intro just then!! A bit of an error – that was Wasim Akram bowling and not Imran Khan #newsnight
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) July 25, 2018
See the Twitter reactions below:
Just in case you thought you dreamt it, they did just confuse Wasim Akram and Imran Khan. Worth a chuckle as you hand over your license fee… pic.twitter.com/cZx2gccptd
— Sanna Waseem (@SannaWaseem) July 25, 2018
You know what I love about the British media? They NEVER let you down. Here I was thinking “why are they showing footage of Wasim Akram?!” and then I realised, “Oh yeah… they think it’s Imran Khan, because they all look the same…”
— Samar @TheMJAP (@TheMJAP) July 25, 2018
Funny thing about that Newsnight Wasim Akram clip – is if he ever did enter politics, there’d be no end of accusations about manipulating electoral ‘swing’ no doubt… [sorry I couldn’t resist]
— Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) July 25, 2018
All for newsnight opening up with a piece on Imran Khan whilst showing a video of Wasim Akram 😂😂😂😂 bravo @BBCNewsnight
— Paul LUFC (@pistol1603) July 25, 2018
— Jack Unwin (@JackUnwin1) July 25, 2018
To note, both the men are the icons of Pakistan cricket. Imran after retiring from cricket ventured in countries politics and soon we could see him becoming country’s new prime minister. Khan is famous for leading his cricket team to victory at the 1992 World Cup, Pakistan’s first and only victory in that competition. Meanwhile, Akram has remained in the sport since his retirement and spends much of his time commentating on the game.