On Friday, the former WBC Silver Flyweight Champion, Waseem knocked down his Filipino opponent, Conrado Tanamor within 62 seconds and dedicated the victory to the people of Kashmir.
There was no one to receive the hero when he returned back to Pakistan after winning a tremendous fight. Waseem had to book a private cab to go back to his home. After a news portal highlighted the whole incident on social media, the boxer tweeted,
“I’m not fighting to get istaqbals at the airport. Im fighting so that Pakistan gets good Istaqbal all over the world. Every fight, every camp, every training, every tour, is another opportunity for me to show the boxing world the world class boxing talent Pakistan has.”
After reading the tweet, the Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram apologized to the boxer and promised him that he’ll be picking him up from the airport next time himself. Akram tweeted,
I apologise on the behalf of Pakistan, Sometimes we as a country need to be “smacked on the face” with the fist of reality to wake us up and remind us how we should be treating our hero’s. I’m picking you up from the airport next time myself! Massive congratulations on the win!
On the other hand, Shoaib Malik replied on Waseem’s tweet that if he was in Pakistan, he would have come to pick him up,
Just stay focused on your goals bro, everything else will follow inshAllah. We are so proud of you, had I been in Pakistan I would have come to the airport. Next time iA