Two Former Captains Rubbish Shoaib Akhtar Statement of Religious Discrimination in the Team
Shoaib Akhtar has been making headlines over the years despite retiring from international cricket in 2011.
The world’s fastest bowler, yet again, sparked a debate across national and international media following his statement regarding Danish Kaneria being a victim of religious discrimination in the Pakistan cricket team.
Now two former Pakistani captains, Shahid Afridi and Inzamam ul Haq, have rejected Shoaib Akhtar’s statement of religious discrimination in the team.
“Never heard or came to know of any such thing in my entire association with Danish Kaneria at any level of cricket we played together,” said Afridi.
Responding to Akhtar’s statement, Inzamam ul Haq said that there was no chance of anyone in the team being mistreated based on religion. He added, he had captained Kaneria the most but nothing of the kind ever took place.
“I am not ready to accept that we have such small hearts, and that we didn’t accept someone,” the legendary batsman added.
Inzamam also recalled the time when players from both Pakistan and India would sit together, joke and share meals during tours.
Rejecting rumors of picking only the most religious players in the team, the former captain said that he always preferred Danish Kaneria over Mushtaq Ahmed despite the later being a childhood friend of his.
“So there was no such thing as players were only picked if they offered namaz,” Inzamam said.
Inzamam added that there was no chance of players being picked according to if they offered Namaz.
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