Former Indian opening batsman and currently well-known Indian commentator, Aakash Chopra is under pressure after his tweet on Afghanistan fast bowlers. Later, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) slammed him for his comment.
On the last Monday, Aakash Chopra had tweeted, “What does Oman, Hong Kong, UAE, Afghanistan and Pakistan have in common? All of them have Pakistani fast bowlers opening the innings.”
What does Oman, Hong Kong, UAE, Afghanistan and Pakistan have in common? All of them have Pakistani fast bowlers opening the innings
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 22, 2016
However, Chopra was factually wrong as Afghanistan has no Pakistani fast bowler in their international squad.
The ACB replied to that comment and lodged a complaint to the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). Also, ACB protested about the Chopra’s tweet through their official twitter account.
@cricketaakash It is not fair to give statement. All players playing for Afghanistan and pure Afghans.
Later, The CEO of ACB, Shafiq Asmat told Mirror, “It is a very negative comment. We strongly condemn it. I have spoken to the BCCI and I was very clear that the statement was uncalled for. We request Aakash to have full information before commenting on electronic, print or social media.
“They are Afghans and representing their country very proudly. They are as popular in our country as Virat Kohli is in India and Shahid Afridi is in Pakistan. They are superstars here. The entire country and social media has stood up against him (Chopra). Every single Afghan has condemned it.”
Asmat also added, “We are not allowing anybody to speak in Urdu because we want to clear the minds of the media and the world that they are not Pakistanis.”
Chopra is currently in Bangladesh for commentating on Asia Cup. He confessed his error and apologised for that incident through his official twitter account.
Stand corrected…unconditional apology. I was ref to the time some have spent in Pakistan during formative years! https://t.co/WtvDlFMPW5
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 23, 2016
But still Afghanistan Cricket Board is not happy even after Aakash Chopra apologised. ACB tweeted after the apologisation,
Later, Chopra told on Tuesday evening, “I was under the impression that a lot of Afghan players spent their formative years in Pakistan. In fact, I was informed about it by (Mohammad) Nabi in 2007 when we played together for MCC in England. Still I should’ve checked for their place of birth before tweeting but it was said in good jest and not to offend anyone.”