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Sania Mirza slams TV ads ahead of India-Pak match

June 14, 2019

All attention is on the India vs Pakistan match on Sunday when the two cricketing rivals face each in a World Cup 2019 league stage match in Manchester. Ahead of the match, television advertisements in both countries have become a big topic of debate.

Indian tennis champion Sania Mirza, who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik has slammed the upsetting ads on social media. On Twitter, Sania said:

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, Tennis champion

A World Cup advertisement by a Pakistani channel featuring a funny piece using a lookalike of Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been slammed on social media in India, with many calling it "cheap" and "shameful". The ad uses the conversation the pilot had with the Pakistani side in captivity after his plane was brought down after an air fight.

In India, on the other hand, there's an ad where an Indian supporter calls himself Pakistan's father, and talks about India's domination over their rivals in the World Cup.

The match in Manchester will be the seventh World Cup meeting between India and Pakistan. India maintain a 6-0 record against Pakistan in this world event.

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