An India-Pakistan cricket match is always a high-stakes and emotionally charged encounter. The T20 clash between the two arch-rivals at the ongoing Asian Cup in Dubai was no exception.
India lost their Super 4 match against Pakistan. After being asked to bat first, India scored 181/7 on their 20 overs. Pakistan chased the target with a ball to spare in a nail-biting finale.
Incidentally, India’s death bowling expert Arshdeep Singh was painted as the villain by a defined fringe on social media after he dropped a ‘doll’ of Asif Ali, who threw an 8-of-16 ball that changed the match. Incidentally, Arshdeep handled the final ended the chase and released Ali lbw, but failed to defend 7 runs despite a good bowling at the end.
India appeared to have an advantage after having dismissed Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz, who had previously led the Indian onslaught on the cleaners. Ali’s wicket would likely lead to a victory for India, but Arshdeep’s 18th drop over proved costly in the end.
But it’s something that always happens in the game of cricket, and that’s why it’s called the game of uncertainties.
Indian player Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page has been edited and deliberately Khalistan is added. Who is behind this issue and targeting Arshdeep Singh? Someone from Pakistan. Here are the publisher IP details. pic.twitter.com/CErervW3Q2September 4, 2022
However, after the loss, social media platforms got carried away with the usual outrage and trolling, while fringe groups raged at the hapless Arshdeep. As anger spread across platforms, the 23-year-old was abused and labeled a Khalistan sympathizer. Some malcontents also changed their Wikipedia page to reflect Khalistan membership. His amended and later restored page entries said that he had been selected to play for the ‘Khalistani’ national cricket team. The edit history of Arshdeep’s Wikipedia page showed that an unregistered user replaced the words ‘India’ with ‘Khalistan’ in his profile. An anonymous Wikipedia editor undid the changes about 15 minutes later.
Khalistan refers to the demand for a separate sovereign state for the Sikh community and the movement is separatist and militant in nature.
The issue has now turned into a major controversy with India’s Ministry of Electronics and TI MeiTY convening India’s Wikipedia executives. According to a report by the economic times (opens in new tab), “A high-level panel, likely led by IT Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma, will meet with Wikipedia executives during the day to question them about checks and balances of allowed edits to the knowledge-sharing site and how modifications like these could be allowed.” Employees are also likely to receive a cause display notice, it is said.
Wikipedia is a collaborative database and anyone can add or change content in it. Anyone can make or suggest edits, but Wikipedia follows a strict registration mechanism.
There is also a belief in India that various Pakistan-based accounts were responsible for attacking Arshdeep and Sikhs in general. A report said that Pak’s media outlets, journalists and influencer accounts are targeting Arshdeep in the context of Khalistan.