A complaint has been lodged with the International Cricket Council (ICC) against Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Rizwan for offering namaz on the cricket field during a match in the ODI World Cup 2023.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan has found himself at the center of another dispute during the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. In a repeat incident, a complaint has been submitted to the International Cricket Council regarding Rizwan’s performance of namaz on the cricket field. Vineet Jindal, an advocate in the Supreme Court of India, lodged the complaint as Rizwan’s action “raises questions about the spirit of the match”.

The incident unfolded during Pakistan’s World Cup match against the Netherlands in Hyderabad and has since then ignited discussions on the player’s behavior and the sanctity of the game.

“This is a complaint about Pakistan Cricket Player, Mohammad Rizwan, who was seen offering namaz on the cricket field during his team’s opening match of the ongoing ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 on Friday (October 6) against the Netherlands in Hyderabad. The act of Mohammad Rizwan when he read namaz on the cricket field amid many Indians is symbolic of the intentional depiction of his religion which stands against the spirit of the sports,” stated the complaint filed by Adv. Jindal to ICC Chairman Greg Barclay.

“This very act of the player raises questions about the spirit of the match and raises a question of the ideology, the player follows while playing the match. The act of displaying his religion by Mohammed Rizwan purposefully depicts his intent to message that he is a Muslim, defeating the spirit of sports. Rizwan was seen offering prayers amid the field while his teammates were waiting for the drinks during the break,” the complaint read.

“The act of representation of his religion by Mohammed Rizwan in the field and further followed by his statement in his press conference regarding the dedication of his victory to the people of Gaza further attests to his religious and political ideology,” it added.

This marks the second complaint lodged against Rizwan, following a previous controversy involving his social media post on platform X. In the post, he dedicated his match-winning century against Sri Lanka to the people of Gaza.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2023

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