After Kamran Akmal Controversy, Ijaz Ahmed's Derogatory Remarks Sparks Fury In Pakistan

Former Pakistan cricketer Ijaz Ahmed kicked off a massive controversy following his discriminatory comments about the Pakistan cricket team on national television. In the wake of Pakistan's T20 World Cup defeat against India, Ahmed blamed Pashtun players on the team and made generalisations about their education, religious practices, and ability to handle pressure.
Ijaz Ahmed uttered derogatory comments against Pakistan cricket team

Ijaz Ahmed uttered derogatory comments against members of the Pakistan cricket team.

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ijaz Ahmed is a former Pakistan cricketer
  • Ijaz Ahmed's comments have created a furore on social media.
  • Ijaz Ahmed has faced widespread criticism for his comments on Pakistan players.
Former Pakistan cricketers are getting embroiled in various controversies following the national cricket team's defeat against arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup 2024 match in New York on Sunday. While Kamran Akmal made disparaging remarks against India's left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh, another former cricketer, Ijaz Ahmed, uttered inflammatory and derogatory comments against the players from the Pakistan national team itself, targeting an ethnic group, Pathans, otherwise known as the Pakhtuns, in an interview on a TV channel.
The former Pakistan cricketer and coach Ijaz Ahmed has faced widespread criticism after his remarks against Pashtuns (or Pathans), an ethnic group primarily residing in the country's northwestern part.
"Look at the [Pakistan] cricket team now, 80% of it has gone to remote areas like KP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). If you select a team right now, 6-8 players are Pathans, who do not have education. They wake up in the morning to go for namaz with their relatives or brothers and return back, and then they don't leave their homes after that."
"When there is pressure on them [during matches], they cannot handle it."
These remarks were met with widespread condemnation within Pakistan. Social media users have slammed Ahmed's comments as intolerant and insensitive. Many point out the rich cricketing history of Pashtun players who have brought glory to Pakistan cricket.
Salman Iqbal, the founder and CEO of ARY TV, where the debate was aired, distanced himself from the comments and asked Ahmed to apologise.
"What was said at Kashif Abbasi's show by Ijaz ahmed is not acceptable by ARY management and me personally. I have a huge respect for the Pakhtun community and all the communities we have in Pakistan. I think that Ijaz ahmed should apologise to the pakhtun community on his statement (sic)," he tweeted.
Ijaz Ahmed has yet to comment on the matter.
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