The former Pakistan all-rounder, Abdul Razzaq, allegedly made sexist remarks towards the Pakistani woman cricketer, Nida Dar, during a TV show hosted by the famous actor, Nauman Ijaz. The video of the conversation has been doing rounds on social media, sparking a debate amongst the fans.
One of the hosts on the show, Wafa Butt, asked Nida Dar about the women in the Pakistan cricket team and whether they leave cricket once they get married. Nida replied that some of the women cricketers do leave the sport, but most of them continue to play as they have strived to reach the international level throughout their lives.
At this moment, Abdul Razzaq intervened a passed a sexist remark towards Pakistan’s highest T20 wicket-taker.
Razzaq jokingly said, “Oh, they don’t get married. 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 [Dar] hand, she is anything but feminine,” he added further.
Dar replied that the women involved in professional sport have to maintain a certain level of fitness. Therefore, they are involved in many physical activities, such as going to the gym.
Dar was also asked about her hairstyle and why she does not grow it long, to which she replied that she has used to keep short hair to play cricket as a child and so it is comfortable for her like this. The host Nauman Ijaz backed Dar and asked Butt whether a player can play in a three-piece suit.
The video of the incident has gone viral on social media:
Razzaq is making fun of Nida Dar for looking manly 🤭 pic.twitter.com/ECPBgGdBsp
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