Muslims in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad will support Pakistan: Former Pakistani cricketer

Former Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Ahmed stirred controversy with his comments on the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 matches in India. Speaking as a panelist on Pakistani news channel Samaa TV, Ahmed stated that cities like Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, boasting significant Muslim populations, would support the Pakistani cricket team. His remarks were made in the context of the warm welcome received by the Pakistani team upon their arrival in India.

The discussion, which also included Pakistani woman cricketer Iram Javed and cricket analyst Hafiz Imran, revolved around the enthusiastic reception of the Pakistani team by fans outside the airport and hotel in Hyderabad. The anchor, in the introductory segment, highlighted the fervent admiration of Indian fans for Pakistani players, emphasizing their appreciation not just for the game but also for the players’ styles.

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While the specific segment containing Ahmed’s comments was not included in the YouTube upload by Samaa TV, the discussion sparked debates on social media platforms, with many questioning the appropriateness of his remarks. Ahmed’s comments added an unexpected layer of tension to the highly anticipated cricket matches set to take place between India and Pakistan in the coming weeks.