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Waqar Younis Apologizes For His Comments On Rizwan And Namaz
By CricShots - Oct 27, 2021 1:32 pm
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Whenever India and Pakistan locked horns with each other, there have been controversies and nothing was different regarding the game on October 24. Former Pakistan pacer, Waqar Younis sparked a fresh controversy on Tuesday, when he said on a Pakistani news channel that watching Pakistani wicket-keeper, Mohammad Rizwan offering namaz “in front of Hindus was very special to him”.

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However, Waqar’s comments haven’t gone down well with the veteran Indian sports commentator Harsha Bhogle. He called the statement “dangerous” and said that the cricket world needed to be united and not divided by religion.

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Harsha Bhogle tweeted: “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.”

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

“I really hope that a lot of genuine sports lovers in Pakistan are able to see the dangerous side to this statement and join in my disappointment. It makes it very difficult for sports lovers like us to try and tell people it is just sport, just a cricket match,” he added.

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After receiving so much flak for his comments, Waqar Younis apologised and said that he didn’t have any intention of hurting the sentiments of people. In his tweet, the former pacer wrote: “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 unite people regardless of race, colour, or religion. #apologies.”