“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 unites people regardless of race, colour, or religion. #apologies,” Younis tweeted.
Younis’ comment on Mohammad Rizwan offering namaz during the drinks break in the India-Pakistan game in the T20 World Cup on Sunday had not gone down well with former cricketers as well as Pakistan fans.
In the heat of the moment, I said something which I did not mean which has hurt the sentiments of many. I apologise… https://t.co/sQ8idbLbD4
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) 1635283188000
While cricket fans across both nations have lauded Pakistan’s dominant performance, former pacer Waqar finding joy in something beyond cricket had left fans unimpressed.
“The manner in which Babar and Rizwan batted, the strike-rotation, the look on their faces, it was amazing. The best thing, what Rizwan did, Mashalla, he offered the Namaz on the ground surrounded by Hindus, that was really something very special for me,” Waqar had said on ARY News.
– “I never meant it, it was a Game & it was the heat of the moment, I apologise” @waqyounis99 clarifies on what hap… https://t.co/hf5R0FgoQc
— Arsalan H. Shah ~ Proud Pakistani (@arsalanhshah) 1635283669000
Former India cricket Aakash Chopra was unimpressed with Waqar’s remarks.”Et tu, Waqar!” Chopra tweeted.
Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar 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.
Et tu, Waqar! 🤦
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 1635252907000
This was the first time that India had lost a T20I by ten wickets. Coincidentally, this was also the first time that Pakistan won a T20I by ten wickets.
Shaheen Afridi was adjudged as ‘Player of the Match’ for his three-wicket haul, which restricted India to 151.