Waqar Younis Apologised For Linking Cricket & Religion !! Faces Wrath

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After making a controversial statement about Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan offering “Namaz” during the drinks break in the game against India while speaking for a Pakistan Television channel, former Pakistan player Waqar Younis issued an apology on Wednesday. He said that he made the statement “in the heat of the moment” and accepted it as a “genuine mistake”. However, reactions condemning him are pouring in social media platforms with many claiming that the cricketer meant every word he uttered.

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As soon as Waqar made the statement on air, commentator and cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle expressed his displeasure over it, along with many others including former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer. While addressing millions of people through the television channel, Waqar said “Rizwan offered Namaz during #INDvPAK match in middle of Hindus was most satisfying thing Mashallah, even more than his batting” with the presence Shoaib Akthar, former Pakistan pacer.

Reacting to his statement, Harsha Bhogle said “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” through his tweets.

“Absolutely vile and disgusting comments from Waqar Younis. #Shameful” Wasim Jaffer said in his tweet.

Many other former cricketers and fans from both the countries expressed their displeasure over the statement made by Younis , as a result of which the former cricketer came up with an apology through his official twitter handle. “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” read his apology tweet.

However, people who couldn’t accept his apology continued to slam him for the way he attempted to divide people through religion.

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