India Legends Criticize Pakistan Team Director's Peculiar World Cup Remarks


India Legends Criticize Pakistan Team Director’s Peculiar World Cup Remarks

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“Pakistan Team Director Sparks Controversy Over World Cup Comments

Pakistan’s team director, Mickey Arthur, ignited a controversy when he remarked that the 2023 Cricket World Cup resembled more of a BCCI event than an “ICC event.” His comments stemmed from the heckling of Pakistani cricketers, particularly Muhammad Rizwan, during their match against Team India in Ahmedabad.

The crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium taunted Muhammad Rizwan with religious slogans after he was dismissed for 49 by Jasprit Bumrah. This followed Rizwan dedicating his Player of the Match award in a previous game to the people of Palestine, drawing a strong reaction from the Indian public.

Muhammad Rizwan offered Islamic prayers (Namaz) during an active World Cup match. These displays of religious fervor triggered a response, given the historical tensions between India and Pakistan and their differing stances on the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Mickey Arthur questioned the Indian fans’ treatment of Pakistani cricketers and suggested that the atmosphere felt more like a bilateral series or a BCCI event than an ICC tournament. However, his comments drew criticism from former Indian cricketers, who saw it as an attempt to deflect blame for Pakistan’s performance against India.


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