ICC has reportedly declined to take action against Pakistani cricketer Muhammad Rizwan for dedicating his performance against Sri Lanka to Gaza residents, stating that it is beyond their jurisdiction and is a matter for individuals and cricket boards to address.
Muhammad Rizwan, known for openly displaying his religious beliefs, dedicated the victory to Gaza residents, causing a stir on social media. Many individuals on various social platforms, including X (formerly known as Twitter), demanded action against Rizwan for expressing solidarity with Gaza after recent events involving Hamas attacks on Israel.
The ICC stated that such matters are outside the scope of cricket and should be handled by individuals and cricket boards.
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In 2021, Rizwan offered prayers on the field after Pakistan’s victory over India in the ICC T20 World Cup. His actions drew attention and divided opinions. Some praised his display of faith, while others felt it was unnecessary.
The recent dedication of Pakistan’s World Cup victory to Gaza residents comes in the wake of a surprise attack by Hamas on Israel, resulting in a high death toll and widespread damage. The situation has raised tensions and generated strong reactions on social media.
In response to Rizwan’s dedication, some social media users criticized him, suggesting that he should focus on cricket and avoid interfering in world politics. They argued that gestures like dedications should be accompanied by tangible support for the affected communities. Pakistani social media users rallied in support of Rizwan and slammed the critics of the star player.
Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique hit centuries as Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in a record Cricket World Cup run chase.
Pakistan chased down a target of 345 in 48.2 overs on Tuesday, with Rizwan scoring an undefeated 131 and Shafique making 113 to better the previous successful chase of 328 set by Ireland when they stunned England at the 2011 World Cup.