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Fact Check: Parody Account Tweet Fictitiously Shared As Travis Head Dedicated Australia’s WC23 Win To Palestine

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After Australia’s impressive World Cup win, many social media posts have shared a Twitter screenshot, allegedly posted by Australian cricketer Travis Head, asserting that he dedicated the Championship trophy to Palestinians. Some of these posts also suggest that Head expressed thanks to Pakistan captain Babar Azam for gifting him the bat that played a crucial role in his tournament-winning performance.

The viral tweet text reads: “I dedicate this victory to the innocent people of Palestine. May peace prevail all over the world. Special thanks to @babarazam258 for the bat, always proved lucky for me”.

Here’s the link to the viral post

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

If the Australian cricketer had dedicated the World Cup trophy to Palestinians, it would have attracted major headlines, globally. We could not find any credible report backing such a claim. Furthermore, Travis Head’s verified Instagram account is the only presence he has on social media, but no posts related to dedicating the victory to Palestine have been carried out.

The viral screenshot displays the username “TravisHead_07” on Twitter. And a search leads to an account that appears to be Travis Head’s. However, the bio of this account, created in August 2023, explicitly states that it is a parody account, clarifying that it is not an official representation of the cricketer.

The viral screenshot originated from a post by the account on November 19, 2023. Notably, this account has a history of making several pro-Palestine posts.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a tweet from a parody account is shared as Travis Head dedicates Australia’s WC23 victory to Palestine. 

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