Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is back in the news but for all the wrong reasons. Razzaq is getting slammed on social media for his sexist remarks against Pakistan woman cricketer Nida Dar. A clip of Razzaq’s recent interview on a Pakistan channel, where he commented on Dar is going viral.
Dar and Razzaq were both present as guests on a show on Pakistani news channel Neo News where the topic of discussion was women in sports. Razzaq casually made some sexist comments about Dar’s appearance and her future in the sport after the latter spoke about her passion for the game.
Razzaq said women cricketers like Nida Dar aspire to be on the same level as the men’s cricketers and want to prove that they can do everything. He then went on to make an extremely absurd comment as he stated that Dar’s hands don’t even feel feminine and that female cricketers lose interest in marriage till the time they succeed in the sport.
“Their field is as such. When they become cricketers, they strive to be as equal as their male counterparts, if not better than them. They want to prove that not only men, but they can also do it as well. The feeling (to get married) is gone by the time they excel. If you shake her hands, you won’t even feel she’s a girl,” Razzaq said on the show.
Watch the video here…
Shameful ridicule of a young cricket player by Abdul Razzaq. When you have played for the national team & have some level of respect, you should use that to encourage young cricketers, especially women, instead of shaming them based on gender stereotypes.pic.twitter.com/CtemldIcNb
— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) July 14, 2021
Nida Dar should have slammed these people right there. The saddest part is lady in pink was just as complicit as others. Who gives Razzak the right to make fun of a junior just because she’s a woman? Imagine what would have been the reaction if it was the other way around. https://t.co/muLKpD6kZy
— Ariba Jalbani (@AribaJB) July 15, 2021
Dar had a perfect response to Razzaq’s comments on her hands and her appearance as she explained as a cricketer, they have to undergo similar sort of training as men and work out with the same intensity to ensure they can be on top of their game on the field. Dar’s response was hailed by many on Twitter.
“Our profession is such that we have to do batting, bowling and every other thing [that the sport requires] which needs fitness, so yes your body does become hard. If I hadn’t been a cricketer, I would have definitely been a [sports] professional of some sort,” said Dar.
The 34-year-old Nida Dar had made her international debut for Pakistan in 2010 and is one of the most experienced players in the team. She has played 80 ODIs and 108 T20Is for the country, picking up a total of 175 wickets across formats. She has also scored 1150 and 1207 runs in the two formats respectively.