by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reportedly requested that Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan delete his tweet in which he dedicated Pakistan’s World Cup victory over Sri Lanka to the people of Gaza.
Mohammad Rizwan played an outstanding innings, scoring an unbeaten 131 runs off 121 balls to help Pakistan chase down a target of 345 runs. Following this victory, he posted a tweet on X, formerly known as Twitter, dedicating his century to the “brothers and sisters in Gaza” due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group.
Rizwan faced criticism for this dedication, with an Indian lawyer, Vineet Jain, filing a complaint against him for offering namaz on the field. Despite the backlash, Rizwan chose not to remove the tweet.
According to a user on X, both the ICC and BCCI had asked Rizwan to delete the tweet, but he refused to comply with their request. This tweet generated significant attention and discussion on social media.
Rizwan had an impressive performance in the World Cup, scoring 359 runs in 7 innings at an average of 71.80 and a strike rate of 98.90, with one century and one half-century. He was the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in the 10-team marquee tournament.