scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Tuesday, December 07, 2021

‘Said something in the heat of the moment’: Waqar Younis apologises for his ‘namaz’ remark

I apologise for this, this was not intended at all, genuine mistake: Waqar Younis

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: October 27, 2021 1:48:10 pm
waqar younisAn overexcited Younis said that it was very special for him to watch Mohammad Rizwan offer Namaz in front of Hindus during the match. (File)

Former Pakistan skipper and bowling coach Waqar Younis has apologised for his ‘namaz’ remark after Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over India in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Dubai on Sunday.

A day after the match, the former fast bowlers Younis was invited as a guest to Pakistan’s ARY News to discuss their spectacular win. During the discussion, an overexcited Younis said that it was very special for him to watch Mohammad Rizwan offer Namaz in front of Hindus during the match.  Opener Mohammad Rizwan was seen offering namaz during the drinks break in the India-Pakistan game.

His comment drew sharp reactions from the cricket fraternity and from Pakistani fans. Twitter was flooded with reactions lambasting Younis for his unsavory remark.

Realising his ‘mistake’ after the criticism, Younis wrote on Twitter, “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. #apologies 🙏🏻”

Indian cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle and Akash Chopra had also expressed their displeasure over Younis’ comments. “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,” Bhogle wrote.

Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer also wrote, “Absolutely vile and disgusting comments from Waqar Younis.”

Pakistan brought to an end India’s near-three-decade domination of them in the world stage in the most convincing fashion, embarrassing their arch-rivals by 10 wickets in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup. Intent on breaking their run of losses, Pakistan restricted India to 151/7 after electing to field in the T20 showpiece’s blockbuster game. Pakistan then made light work of the target of 152, completing the win with 13 balls to spare.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement