Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan stirred a massive outrage on social media because of his tweet in support of “our brothers and sisters” in Gaza.
Following his match-winning century against Sri Lanka, which took Pakistan to a 6-wicket victory in Hyderabad, Mohammad Rizwan took to Twitter to dedicate this win and his hundred to the people in Gaza, the area that is currently in a violent conflict with Israel.
Gaza is one of two Palestinian territories that is involved in a horrific war-like situation with Israel at the moment. It’s been learned that over 1,200 people have died in Gaza and another 5,184 have been injured since Saturday. The world remains divided over the attacks between Gaza and Israel.
But Rizwan made it clear whose side he is on.
Rizwan tweeted: “This was for our brothers and sisters in Gaza.
Happy to contribute in the win. Credits to the whole team and especially Abdullah Shafique and Hassan Ali for making it easier.
Extremely grateful to the people of Hyderabad for the amazing hospitality and support throughout.”
The Indian fans were quick to point out that the ICC had taken action on former India skipper and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni during the 2019 World Cup, telling him not to wear an army insignia on his wicketkeeping gloves during the 2019 World Cup.
At that time, MS Dhoni had accepted ICC’s order to not make any political gestures, especially when playing in an ICC tournament. Now, this tweet from Mohammad Rizwan has created chaos on Twitter, with Indian fans slamming him for showing support to Gaza, which is home to the Hamas terrorists.
Will ICC take action against Mohammad Rizwan for his tweet for Gaza?
It is unlikely that the ICC will take any action against Mohammad Rizwan for his tweet showing support for Gaza. This is because Rizwan made his opinion voice on Twitter, and not on the field. With MS Dhoni, he was wearing keeping gloves on the field which led to the ICC telling him not to wear any badge.
It is believed that ICC had strictly told cricketers and coaches to not make any political and religious statements during ICC tournaments. But Rizwan made his comment on Twitter, so it’s unlikely that it falls under ICC’s purview.
Meanwhile, Pakistan, after winning their first two matches, will face India on Saturday in Ahmedabad.