Accusing the media of double standards, Parvez Rasool’s father has said his son should have avoided the chewing gum incident during the first T20 match against England at Kanpur in January this year. The 27-year-old has been slammed by the fans on social media after he was spotted chewing a gum when the national anthem of India was being played before the game
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Rasool Sr said:“My son should have refrained from having this (chewing gum).”
At the same time, he leapt to his son’s defence and said that his son was being targeted by the media. Citing the example of an incident involving former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, he said:
“Many players chew gum during the matches and my son was no exception. But at least he should have kept his mouth clean when the national anthem was being played.
“I have seen Sourav Ganguly also chewing gum during one of the matches when our Ja Na Ga Na Ma Na was being played but surprisingly media did not attack him and only targeted Parvez,” he added.
“Anyhow, I shall certainly ask my son to not make this mistake again and respect the country,” he concluded.
Earlier this week, the off-spinner had reacted on the incident and had urged the critics to let go the incident. Blasting the critics for targeting him, the Jammu and Kashmir ace had told them not to drag the cricketers into politics.