Waqar Younis apologises for calling Rizwan’s on-field namaz in front of Hindus ‘special’

Former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis on Wednesday apologised for his ‘namaz’ comment which were criticised following Pakistan’s game against India in the T20 World Cup.

“In the heat of the moment, I said something which I did not mean which has hurt the sentiments of many. I apologise for this, this was not intended at all, a genuine mistake. Sports unites people regardless of race, colour, or religion. #apologies,” Younis tweeted.

Younis’ comment on Mohammad Rizwan offering namaz during the drinks break in the India-Pakistan game on Sunday had not gone down well with people in the cricket world.

“The manner in which Babar and Rizwan batted, the strike-rotation, the look on their faces, it was amazing. The best thing, what Rizwan did, Mashalla, he offered the Namaz on the ground surrounded by Hindus, that was really something very special for me,” said Waqar on ARY News.

Commentator Harsha Bhogle termed it ‘extremely disappointing’. He added cricketers are the ambassadors of the game and they should behave in a more responsible manner.

Former India cricketers Venkatesh Prasad, Akash Chopra and Wasim Jaffer all slammed the choice of words.

Source : FirstPost

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