Indian cricket fraternity slams Waqar Younis for ‘namaz in front of Hindus’

Waqar Younis has been widely criticized for his inappropriate remarks while analyzing Pakistan’s win over India during the ICC Men’s. t20 world cup 2021 in UAE. Former India cricketers including Venkatesh Prasad and Aakash Chopra have slammed the fast bowling legend.

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Speaking during a TV interview, Waqar said that it was special to see Mohammad Rizwan offering Ramzan among Hindus during the match.

“Best thing that Rizwan did. Standing on his ground, praying, in the midst of Hindus… so he was really special to me. (What I liked the most was what Rizwan did. He stood in the middle of the field and prayed in front of the Hindus),” Waqar was quoted as saying Arya News.

In response, Prasad called him a ‘shameless man’. Prasad tweeted, “Standing among Hindus and offering Namaz, that was very special for me” – Waqar. To say this in a game takes another level of jihadist mindset. What a shameless man,” Prasad tweeted.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Akash tweeted, “At tu waqar!”

Meanwhile, popular commentator Harsha Bhogle was also ‘disappointed’.

“For a man of Waqar Younis stature to say that it was very special for him to see Rizwan offering prayers in front of Hindus is one of the most depressing things I have heard. A lot of us try too hard to play things like this and talk about the game and it’s terrible to hear,” Bhogle shared a lengthy thread about the controversial comment Twitter.

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“You would think that cricketers, as ambassadors of our sport, would be a little more responsible. I am sure Waqar will apologize on the way. We need to unite the cricket world, not divide it by religion.”

“I really hope that a lot of genuine sports lovers in Pakistan will see the dangerous side of this statement and join my dismay. It becomes very difficult for sports lovers like us to tell people that it is just sports. It’s just a cricket match.”

Apologizing on behalf of Waqar, comments came from Pakistani users on Twitter as well.

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