Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis sparked a fresh controversy on Tuesday, October 26, when he mentioned on a Pakistani information channel that watching Pakistani opener Mohammad Rizwan providing namaz “in front of Hindus was very special to him”.
Controversies across the high-voltage India-Pakistan T20 World Cup match on October 24 refused to die.
Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis sparked a fresh controversy on Tuesday, October 26, when he mentioned on a Pakistani information channel that watching Pakistani opener Mohammad Rizwan offering namaz “in entrance of Hindus was very particular to him”. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar was additionally on the present.
“You’d assume that cricketers, as ambassadors of our sport, could be a little extra accountable. I’m certain there shall be an apology on the way in which from Waqar. We have to unite the cricket world, not divide it by faith,” he added.
“I actually hope that numerous real sports lovers in Pakistan are capable of seeing the damaging aspect to this assertion and take part my disappointment. It makes it very troublesome for sports activities lovers like us to try to inform people it’s simply a sport, only a cricket match,” he added.
A video of Mohammad Rizwan offering namaz during the drinks break of the match on Sunday went viral.
PAK MINISTER SAYS ‘WIN A VICTORY OF ISLAM’
In a video that went viral on Sunday, Pakistan’s Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed had stoked a controversy saying that the sentiments of Muslims from around the world, including in India, have been with the Pakistani cricket staff during the match.
BABAR AGREES TO THE ‘NON-BELIEVERS DESTROYED’ COMMENT
In another video that went viral after the match, Pakistani commentator Bazid Khan could be heard saying: “Kufr to toot hi gaya” (translated by many as the non-believers have been lastly destroyed), to which captain Babar Azam says, “Yeh allah ka karm hai.”
For a person of Waqar Younis' stature to say that watching Rizwan offering namaz in front of Hindus was very special to him, is one of the most disappointing things I have heard. A lot of us try hard to play such things down and talk up sport and to hear this is terrible.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 26, 2021