Pakistan cricket great Abdul Razzaq has sparked controversy with his derogatory comments about Indian actress Aishwarya Rai while criticizing the performance of the Pakistani cricket team in the Cricket World Cup 2023. Razzaq’s comments caused a storm on social media, attracting criticism from fans and cricketers from both sides of the border. In response to the backlash, Razzaq issued a public apology, stating that his comment on Aishwarya Rai was a “slip of the tongue.”
Razzaq made the apology during an appearance on a Pakistani TV channel, SAMAA TV. He clarified that while discussing cricket coaching and intentions, he mistakenly mentioned Aishwarya Rai’s name and did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments. He personally apologized to the actress for his remarks.
The controversial comments were made during a press conference attended by Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, and Umar Gul. Razzaq referred to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) intentions and mentioned the positive intentions of his former captain, Younis Khan. However, he also made a statement about marrying Aishwarya Rai to have a morally upright child, implying that the PCB needs to improve its intentions.
Former cricket players have been sharing their critical views on the performance of the Pakistan cricket team in the World Cup on social media and various TV channels. While some have received praise for their analysis, others, like Razzaq, have faced backlash due to the nature of their comments.
The controversy surrounding Abdul Razzaq’s comments highlights the sensitivity and impact of words in the world of sports and celebrity culture. It serves as a reminder for public figures to be mindful of their words and the consequences they may have on individuals and communities.