Former Indian cricketer and Punjab Kings (PBKS) batting coach Wasim Jaffer on Monday drew the ire of social media users after he took Twitter to sympathise with Pakistan Cricket post England Cricket Board’s (ECB’s) withdrawal for the upcoming Pakistan tour.
Jaffer, who has been, earlier, accused of backing Muslim cricketers during his stay as a coach in the Uttarakhand’s cricket team, tweeted England’s decision as ‘very disappointing.’ He further said that England cricket owes so much to Cricket West Indies and Pakistan Cricket after the two latter teams toured England during the covid’s unprecedented times.
“The @TheRealPCB have every reason to be disappointed with the ECB. Pak and WI toured England last year during the pandemic before vaccines. England owes so much to both Pak and WI. Least ECB could do is not cancel the reciprocal tours. There are no winners when cricket is cancelled,” Jaffer tweeted.
It is noteworthy that Wasim Jaffer resigned from Uttrakhand’s cricket coach role after a fallout with the selector’s committee who accuse him to bring religious bias to break the team and prefer the Muslim cricketers.
Mahim Verma, former vice-president of the BCCI, said that Jaffer brought Iqbal Abdulla, Samad Salla and Jai Bista as guest players in the Uttarakhand team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021. Jaffer further made Abdulla the skipper of the side and owing to his decisions Uttarakhand lost 4 out of its five matches in the SMAT 2021, accused Verma.
The tweet surfaced all over across the internet drawing flak for the former cricketer. Twitterati slammed Jaffer for trivialising the security of international players over a tour.
“They cancelled tour because of specific Intelligence about Teπor attack on NZ team and other foreigners. What’s ur logic to defend an ally of Taliban named Pakistan?” responded one Twitter user.
The other user emphasised the security arrangement of Pakistan and the country’s global image when it comes to handling terrorist and terrorist organisations.
“But what about security reasons. Are you ready to die.. remember Sri Lankan cricketer’s almost were almost killed. Be real don’t be spokesperson for @TheRealPCB,” wrote another user.