Abdul Razzaq, former Pakistan cricketer, has issued a public apology following controversial comments made during a panel discussion, where he criticized the current Pakistan cricket squad. The remarks, perceived as insulting towards Indian actress Aishwarya Rai, triggered significant backlash on social media and beyond.
Razzaq’s Apology Video
During the panel discussion, Razzaq questioned the players’ intentions, using an analogy involving Aishwarya Rai. He said in Urdu, “If your thinking is that you marry Aishwarya Rai and expect a pious and virtuous child to be born, then that can never happen.” The comments were met with criticism and widespread condemnation.
In a video apology posted on Twitter, Razzaq expressed remorse for his choice of words. He clarified that his intention was not to hurt anyone’s sentiments and acknowledged the inappropriateness of his remarks. “I apologise to everyone, please forgive me,” he stated. Razzaq emphasized that the reference to Aishwarya Rai was unintentional and resulted from a “slip of tongue.”
Social Media Backlash and Clarification
Shahid Afridi, another former cricketer present at the panel, condemned Razzaq’s comments in a subsequent appearance on Samaa TV. Despite the viral videos showing Afridi laughing at Razzaq’s words, he asserted, “It was a wrong joke, and such jokes should not be made.” Afridi also expressed unawareness of the comments during the panel.
The controversial remarks sparked outrage on social media, with fans and cricketers from both sides of the border criticizing Razzaq. The incident highlights the importance of responsible commentary in public forums and the impact of social media in holding individuals accountable for their words.