The Pakistani women’s football team performed a memorable performance in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The Pakistani team was playing in an international tournament after a long time and registered its first win in eight years in the SAFF Championship. The 7 goal celebration against Maldives was celebrated across Pakistan. But in the post-match press conference, a question from a Pakistani journalist put the women players to shame.
Pakistani reporter raised a direct question on the clothes of women players. She asked why players wore shorts when playing football, but not leggings. Actually, the focus of this reporter was on the clothes of the players instead of covering the tournament. The reporter asked the team manager and other officials, ‘As you know we are Islamic Republic of Pakistan, I want to ask why these girls are wearing shorts and not leggings.’
This viral video has sparked a new debate on social media. Some people came in support of the players and called the thinking of the reporter backward. Some even went so far as to say that if the reporter has trouble seeing players in shorts, they should not cover the program. The national team’s coach, Adil Rizki, was surprised by the question, saying that in sports ‘everyone should be progressive. As far as the jersey is concerned, we have never tried to stop anyone, it is something we have no control over.