Former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq has stirred controversy by making a controversial statement about Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai during a media interaction.
Former players made a strong critique of the Pakistan Cricket Team led by Babar Azam on their dismal performance in the ongoing ICC ODI Men Cricket World Cup 2023. Making the comments, he highlighted the poor performance of the team.
When questioned about the team’s performance, Abdul Razzaq used a surprising analogy to criticize the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He pointed out that Younis Khan’s positive intentions as captain instilled confidence in him to improve his performance. However, he expressed concern about the lack of dedication to nurturing and honing the skills of players within the PCB.
In a statement that raised eyebrows, Razzaq compared the situation, saying, “If you think that by marrying Aishwarya Rai, a good and pious kid would be born, it would never happen.” He used this analogy to emphasize that the ‘intentions’ of the cricket board must be pure.
This incident adds another layer of scrutiny to the already criticized Pakistan cricket team, raising questions about the team’s dynamics and the need for a more focused approach from both players and the cricket board.
Former cricketers Shahid Afridi who was sitting behind him also laughed but he later apologized on a cricket show. Shoaib Akhtar taking to Twitter said, “I highly condemn the inappropriate joke/comparison made by Razzaq. No woman should be disrespected like this. People seated beside him should have raised their voices right away rather than laughing & clapping.”
Razzaq was joined by former cricketers Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, and others. The cricketers are receiving backlash on social media. Afridi says he will ask Razzak to apologize. He presented his explanation in a TV show.