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Waqar Younis apologises for saying Rizwan’s ‘namaz before Hindus special’

Former cricketer Waqar Younis apologised only after co-commentator Harsha Bhogle objected to his act of dividing sports by religion

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A day after former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis sparked a fresh controversy, when he said watching Pakistani opener Mohammad Rizwan offering namaz “in front of Hindus was very special to him”, the retired pacer apologised on Twitter.

Waqar Younis took to Twitter and said: “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, genuine mistake. Sports unites people regardless of race, colour or religion.”

Younis’s previous comments had not gone down well with 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.

Twitter users were not convinced. They thought Waqar Younis was being disingenuous.

There were other Twitter users who asked whether this speech on the ARY television looked like something said on the spur of the moment:

Younis’s previous comments had not gone down well with 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.

Bhogle said: “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.”

Sources in the ICC say an objection from Harsha Bhogle meant that Waqar Younis’s career was in jeopardy. Bhogle wields considerable influence on the ICC panel for selection of commentators.

“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,” Bhogle said.

Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Azam put on a remarkable show on Sunday as Pakistan thrashed India by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Rizwan (79*) and Babar (68*) didn’t give any chance to Indian bowlers to come on top as the two batsmen dominated the proceedings. Pakistan chased down the target of 152 without losing a wicket as India looked clueless in their opening match.

This was the first time that India has lost a T20I by ten wickets. Coincidentally, this was also the first time that Pakistan has won a T20I by ten wickets. Shaheen Afridi was adjudged as Player of the Game after a three-wicket haul. 

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