CWC 2023: Muhammad Rizwan faces social media fury for dedicating his century against Sri Lanka to ‘brothers and sisters in Gaza’

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan He found himself embroiled in controversy and online trolling after dedicating Pakistan’s record win over Sri Lanka in Hyderabad to “brothers and sisters in Gaza”, a territory controlled by Hamas, which has carried out recent attacks on Israel.

Rizwan was taken along during Pakistan’s successful chase of a target of 345 runs Abdullah Shafiq, who scored a century, was instrumental in securing their second win at the 2023 World Cup.

Rizwan dedicates his World Cup century to the ‘brothers and sisters of Gaza’

In his tweet a day after Pakistan’s victory, Rizwan revealed, β€œThis was for our brothers and sisters in Gaza. Happy to contribute to the win. Credit to the entire team and especially Abdullah Shafiq and Hasan Ali for making it easy. Very grateful to the people of Hyderabad for the amazing hospitality and support.”

Netizens mocked Rizwan

Rizwan’s gesture of solidarity with Gaza drew angry reactions from fans, with some interpreting it as support for Hamas.

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Many expressed their displeasure on social media. One user called for the Pakistan cricket team to be sent back to Pakistan, saying the ICC should not allow the Cricket World Cup to be used as a tool to support terrorists.

Another social media user accused Rizwan of standing up for terrorists in the name of global ummah (Muslim community) and Islamic brotherhood. They also drew comparisons with Indian cricketers, indicating that they did not make similar statements on political or religious issues.

While some individuals called for the Pakistani team to be exiled, others took a more humorous approach. One user jokingly suggested that Rizwan should visit Gaza and hand over his victories in person, while another went further and suggested that he “donate your atta (flour)” to Gazans.

India’s prominent news anchor Dr. in the controversy Vikrant Gupta Markey questioned the ICC’s stance on cricketers making political and religious statements during events, referring to the incident MS Dhoni Asked to remove an army insignia from his gloves during the 2019 World Cup.

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The anchor questioned whether cricketers are prohibited from making such statements during ICC events.

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