The ICC World T20 2016 is off to a flier, and cricket fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the big clash on Saturday between host nation India and Pakistan. The match between the arch rivals though has been marred by political unrest. But amid all this, fans from both countries are uniting at the most unlikely of places — Facebook. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Cricket fans have started an online campaign on social media with the hashtag #ProfileforPeace. As a part of this campaign, Facebook users in both countries have added a profile frame supporting the opposing team. In other words, Pakistan fans are using the India team badge on their profile photo, while Indian fans are using the Pakistan team badge. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
It is heartening to see common folks taking matters into their own hands when both governments are playing their unwanted political games. The campaign was also spotted by CEO Mark Zuckerberg who gave a shout out to the fans.
“When we designed the profile frames feature, we just wanted to help people show support for their favorite teams or a cause they believe in. But this story shows that the more connected we are, the more we realize that what unites us is more important than what divides us,” Zuckerberg posted on Facebook.
An India versus Pakistan Cricket match is quite simply the most-awaited tie in a calendar year. The Pakistan team seems to have no issues with security, and Captain Shahid Afridi also went on record to say that Pakistani Cricketers “have been loved by Indians crowds more than crowds back home in Pakistan.”
But in the name of security, political parties on both sides of the border have disappointed fans with their unnecessary blame game. A standoff between the state government and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over security resulted in the match being moved from Dharamshala to Eden Gardens to Kolkata at the very last moment.