In yet another case of a cricketer being harassed on social media, former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has faced backlash for posting a picture which shows the 36-year-old playing chess with his son.
Kaif, considered one of the finest fielders from India to have played the game, posted the image on Facebook with a caption - "Shatranj Ke Khilaadi".
As soon as he uploaded the picture, there was a barrage of comments, with trolls, telling him that playing chess was against Islam.
While one user posted, "I think chess is prohibited in Islam. I used to be a good player bit wen I read hadeeth I found that it is not to play chess .from that day I never played it…. Mohammad Kaif sir,” another one told him to "go and read Quran again”.
Another person by the name of Mohd Imran wrote: "Chess is prohibited in Islam.”
"Bhai yeh game harraaam he (Brother, this game is a sin),” wrote a person called Anwar Shaikh.
"Lage raho Bhaijaan new world new hobby but not accepted Islam this hobby but i like it,” wrote Kamrul Haque.
Check out here how people on Facebook reacted to the picture:
Mohammad Kaif had an angry reaction to the comments. "What ? Thekeedar ji se poochiye, is breathing haraam or not. Kamaal hai yaar,” he wrote on Twitter.
This is not the first time that Kaif has found himself on the target of hatemongers on social media. On a previous ocassion, Kaif was trolled for posting photos of Surya Namaskar on Twitter.
Meanwhile, cricketers like Irfan Pathan and Mohammed Shami have also been ridiculed on social media for various idiotic reasons. Just a few days ago, Pathan was criticised for posting an image with his wife. Likewise, Shami too received abusive and hateful comments for a certain dress which was worn by his wife in the photograph.