Former cricketer Abdul Razzaq sparked outrage on Tuesday when a video of him passing degrading comments about Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai went viral. Former cricketers Shahid Afridi and Umer Gul were sitting with Razzaq at a panel where the current team’s performance was being discussed. They could be seen laughing at the misogynistic statement.
Several X (formerly Twitter) users described their disgust by slamming the cricket player as sexist.
Such a textbook Pakistani uncle, who would flaunt his extra marital affairs or crack vulgar jokes but the next moment also lament on moral depravity of women. https://t.co/mS55ae6WyU— Jasir Shahbaz (@LahoreMarquez) November 14, 2023
Razzaq has now apologised for his comments, saying that he did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment.
“Yesterday, we were talking about cricket coaching and intentions. I had a slip of tongue and mistakenly took Aishwarya Rai’s name while I was supposed to give another example. I apologise to her personally. I did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment,” Abdul responded.
Shahid Afridi also apologised for laughing at Abdul’s sexist remark. Speaking to a private news channel, the former captain revealed he laughed because everyone was enjoying the moment.
“I saw the clip when I went home and realised that Abdul Razzaq made a wrong statment. 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 tio apologize for what he said as it was wrong.”