In a recent turn of events, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has taken a firm stance against his ex-teammate Abdul Razzaq for making an inappropriate comment during a discussion on the national side’s performance in the Cricket World Cup 2023. Razzaq mentioned Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan while discussing the team’s changing ‘neeyat’ (motive), sparking widespread criticism.
Social Media Uproar
Abdul Razzaq’s remark ignited a storm on social media, with users expressing disapproval for the inappropriate name-dropping. Shoaib Akhtar, known for his candid opinions, did not mince words in condemning Razzaq’s statement, stating, “I highly condemn the inappropriate joke/comparison made by Razzaq. No woman should be disrespected like this.”
Akhtar extended his criticism to fellow cricketers who were present at the event, including Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi. Expressing disappointment, he mentioned that the attendees should have spoken up against the disrespectful comments instead of applauding and laughing.
Mohammed Kaif Weighs In on Pakistan’s World Cup Performance
Meanwhile, former Indian cricket star Mohammed Kaif shared his thoughts on Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup. Kaif remarked that the Pakistani side appeared “too soft” and their pacers lacked the intimidating aura of legends like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar. Kaif suggested that the current pace attack, including Babar, Shaheen, and Rauf, seemed friendlier compared to the intimidating predecessors.
Kaif’s comparison underscores the legendary status of past Pakistani pace bowlers known for their aggression and intimidation on the field. The remarks indicate a perceived shift in the temperament and playing style of the current Pakistani pace attack, raising questions about the team’s overall approach in the Cricket World Cup.