In a surprising turn of events, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to part ways with singer Ali Zafar for the production of the PSL 9 anthem, a decision that has stirred curiosity and raised eyebrows among cricket enthusiasts and music fans alike.
This move comes on the heels of the long-standing legal battle and controversy involving Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi, adding an intriguing layer to the dynamics within the entertainment industry. Ali Zafar, who had received formal approval just two months ago to create and perform the PSL anthem, has now been replaced, leaving fans in anticipation of a new anthem and artist announcement.
While the PCB spokesperson refrained from providing comments on the matter in response to Dawn’s queries, Ali Zafar shared his perspective with Dawn. According to him, he was officially contacted by the PCB for the PSL anthem project, and after dedicating two months to the creation process and investing personal resources in hiring musicians and producers, he was informed by the PCB that he could not proceed with the anthem. The reasons behind this decision were not disclosed at this time.
The unexpected development has fueled speculation about the potential influence of the Meesha Shafi controversy on Ali Zafar’s career. The longstanding legal battle between the two artists, originating from Meesha Shafi’s 2018 accusations of sexual harassment against Ali Zafar, has been a divisive topic in the industry. Despite Ali Zafar consistently asserting his innocence, the controversy has lingered, impacting both artists on personal and professional fronts.
The removal of Ali Zafar from the PSL anthem project highlights the intricate nature of the Meesha Shafi controversy and its repercussions on the entertainment industry. As cricket enthusiasts await news of the replacement anthem and artist, this incident prompts contemplation on the challenges artists face when balancing personal controversies with professional commitments.