Former Pakistani Captain Shoaib Malik is facing severe criticism from fans around the world on Saturday when he chose Mohammed Shami as the best bowler in the indian team and then clarified that he didn’t choose Shami because he is a Muslim.
International Cricket Council (ICC) organized a chat session with Pakistani Cricketer Shoaib Malik on twitter. His fans had a great opportunity to interact with their idol. But what Malik did it made him laughing stock on Twitter.
A fan named Baquer Ali asked Shoaib Malik “#AskShoaib who is the best bowler in India.?” on which Shoaib Malik’s reply put everyone in shock. Malik answered, “The best bowler in Indian team is Mohammed Shami, not because he is a Muslim guy but i have seen his bowling and played against him also. I think for me I find it tough.”
— ICC (@ICC) May 26, 2017
This unnecessary mention of Shami’s religion sparked a Twitter backlash. Fans are accusing him for bringing religion in Cricket. Shoaib Malik could’ve easily justified his claims with cricketing facts. But his immature answer has gotten him into a lot of trouble.
This is how the twitterati reacted:
Would ve agreed with him had he not entered religion on it. No need to get into religion to express ur fav.
— Avhilash Adhikari☆ (@Wild_Material) May 26, 2017
'Not because he is a Muslim guy'??
— Anshuman Jha (@anshumanjha_98) May 26, 2017
Not because he's a Muslim guy😂😂😂😂
— Hader Ali Akhtar (@HedzCricket) May 26, 2017
When you justify a statement you made,which noone asked a justification for,you only expose yourself and your thinking n reasoning behind it
— vivek (@vivek_cool) May 27, 2017
Pakistan is going to begin their Champions Trophy mission from June 4, in a match against their arch rivals India. Shoaib Malik is going to play his sixth Champions Trophy, the most by any Pakistani.