Imran Khan calls Sammy-Bijoy ‘third-class’ cricketers

One of the all-time greats of the game of cricket, Imran Khan has hit the headlines, describing international stars who agreed to play in the country despite security threats as “third-class” and anonymous.

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imageWest Indies’ two-time World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy and Bangladesh’s discarded wicketkeeper-batsman Anamul Haque Bijoy were among the 9 foreign players to travel Lahore to take part in the PSL final between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday.

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A video footage featuring the Pakistan legend was leaked and later went viral on the internet where he was seen saying, “I didn’t even know the names of the phateechar  players,” using a derogatory term that roughly translates as “third-class”, while others around him laughed.

“I think they grabbed some people from Africa and others from elsewhere to claim that they were foreign players,” he added. [Read also: North Zone clinch BCL title]

Later while speaking on Geo News program ‘Capital Talk’ with anchorperson Hamid Mir on Tuesday, the 64-year-old doubled down on his position, denying having used derogatory or racist lingos.

“We used the terms like Relu Katta, Fokker or Jet to describe cricketers, when we used to play at Lahore Gymkhana,” he said.

“We referred Relu Katta to a player who would both bowl and bat, but would not perform either way. These terms are not derogatory, they rather describe marginal players,” he explained.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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