T20 World Cup 2024: Harbhajan Singh Criticises Kamran Akmal for His Racist Comments on Arshdeep Singh and the Sikh Religion - Latest Global News

T20 World Cup 2024: Harbhajan Singh Criticises Kamran Akmal for His Racist Comments on Arshdeep Singh and the Sikh Religion

During the eagerly awaited India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2024 Game on Sunday in New York, former Pakistani cricketer Kamran Akmal made a controversial comment about the Indian fast bowler Arshdeep Singhwhich sparked a fierce backlash. Akmal’s comments, which were perceived as racist and insensitive, targeted Arshdeep and his Sikh heritage, leading to widespread criticism from fans and players.

During a live TV broadcast of the match, Akmal made an inappropriate joke about the Sikh community. His comment was widely condemned for perpetuating a derogatory stereotype about Sikhs.

“Kuch bhi ho sakta hai… See, Arshdeep Singh didn’t make it last time. Well, he didn’t find his rhythm. 12 baj gaye hai (Anything can happen. Arshdeep Singh will bowl in the last over; he didn’t look in great rhythm. And it’s already 12)”, said Akmal.

Harbhajan Singh criticizes Kamran Akmal

Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh immediately responded to Akmal’s comments with a strongly worded statement on social media. Harbhajan condemned Akmal’s remarks as “filthy” and highlighted the courage and humanitarian efforts of the Sikhs. He demanded respect and gratitude from Akmal instead of derogatory remarks.

“Lakh di laanat tere Kamraan Akhmal. You should know the history of Sikhs before you open your filthy mouth. We Sikhs saved your mothers and sisters when they were kidnapped by intruders, always at 12 o’clock. Shame on you. Be grateful.” Harbhajan wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

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Akmal responds to the controversy

Following Harbhajan’s criticism and the public backlash that followed, Akmal issued a public apology. He expressed regret for his comments and apologized to Bhajji and the Sikh community.

“I deeply regret my recent comments and sincerely apologize to Harbhajan Singh and the Sikh community. My words were inappropriate and disrespectful. I have the utmost respect for Sikhs around the world and never meant to hurt anyone. I am truly sorry. #Respect #Sorry,” tweeted Akmal.

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