Former Pakistan captain Shahidi Afridi has offered clarification after facing severe backlash following Abdul Razzaq’s shocking remarks on Aishwarya Rai. Razzaq recently stirred up a massive controversy after making outrageous remarks on the Bollywood actress while discussing the performance of the Pakistan team during a recent event.
A viral clip of Razzaq’s remarks on Aishwarya has taken social media by storm, wherein Afridi and his compatriot Umar Gul can also be seen laughing and clapping.
The trio have been facing massive backlash on social media since, as Gul and Afridi both distanced themselves for the controversy. Afridi even claimed that he will ask Razzaq to apologise for his indecent words. Razzaq during a presser said “I would never have good and pious kids if I marry Aishwarya Rai.”
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The controversial remark has left many fans outraged on social media, although Afridi insisted that he didn’t understand what Razzaq had said and only later someone showed him the clip of the actual incident.
“I saw the clip when I went home and realized that Abdul Razzaq made a wrong statement. I knew he had a mike in his hand and will say something. He has a habit of getting beaten by shoes. I will just text him to apologize for what he said as it was wrong,” Afridi said during a discussion on a Pakistan news channel.
“If you think that by marrying actress Aishwarya Rai, a good & virtuous child would be born, it would never happen “ ~ Pakistan cricket player Abdul Razzaq.And, other Pakistan’s players Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul were clapping on his statement. pic.twitter.com/i3YcatroVU
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) November 14, 2023
Elsewhere, Umar Gul has also faced severe criticism for his actions after Abdul’s bizarre statement, although the former fast bowler clarified that the controversial remarks made were ‘ethically and morally wrong’.
Replying to a fan after being criticised for his action, Gul wrote on social media, “Dear brother, @SAfridiOfficial bhai and I did not clap in the clip to endorse what Abdul Razzaq said but it was in sarcasm. No1 there appreciated or endorsed what was said by him. It was ethically n morally wrong. Everyone has a different perspective and it’s always wrong to name people who r not even a part of the conversation.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan failed to qualify for the ODI World Cup 2023 semifinal under Babar Azam’s captaincy, as they finished in fifth place, managing to secure just four wins from nine games.