Fast bowling legend Waqar Younis has apologized for his controversial remarks in the wake of Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over India in the ongoing ICC Men’s. t20 world cup 2021. Waqar creates ruckus by calling Mohammad Rizwan a gift Prayer as ‘special’ during the drink-break of the competition because he did so in front of Hindus.
After being widely criticized for the comments, he now claimed it was something he said in the heat of the moment, calling it a ‘genuine mistake’.
He said, “In the heat of this time, I said something I didn’t mean to hurt the sentiments of many. I apologize for that, it was not intended at all, a real mistake. Sports unites people regardless of caste, color or religion,” read a tweet posted late Tuesday from Waqar’s official Twitter account.
This summer I said something I didn’t mean to hurt the sentiments of many. I apologize for that, it was not intended at all, a real mistake. Sport unites people regardless of caste, color or religion. #apologies 🙏🏻- Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) 26 October 2021
while speaking Arya NewsWaqar, who played 87 Tests and 262 ODIs, said the biggest takeaway for him from Pakistan’s dominating performance was offering Rizwan Namaz.
Sabse ache baat jo Rizwan ne ki. Usne ground mein khade hoke naamaz padhe, hinduon ke beech mein…so that was really special to me. (What I liked the most, Rizwan did it. He stood in the middle of the field and offered prayers in front of Hindus),” Waqar was quoted as saying.
The comment drew a sharp reaction from the Indian cricket fraternity, with Venkatesh Prasad, Aakash Chopra and noted commentator Harsha Bhogle criticizing the former Pakistan cricketer.
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.
Harsha Bhogle said it was “one of the most depressing things I’ve heard”.
“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 so hard to play things like this and talk about the game and it’s terrible to hear,” Bhogle said.
“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 world of cricket, 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.”
Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra also tweeted, “At tu, Waqar!”