Cricket is fast becoming a field to play dirty games involving cast, religion and creed. If fans trolling Mohammed Shami for his religion was wrong, former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis should be condemned for his communal statement.
Harsha Bhogle, who is one of the renowned sports presenters, took to Twitter to express his disappointment on the words spoken by one of the greats of the game.
“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 the sport and to hear this is terrible,” he wrote.
He thought that sports lovers in Pakistan will not fall for this statement.
“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.
“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 concluded.
Mohammad Rizwan was seen offering namaz during the India-Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup match in Dubai. Pakistan went on beat India by 10 wickets.