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Babar Azam calls out Mohammad Rizwan as a ‘Molvi’

Babar Azam calls out Mohammad Rizwan as a ‘Molvi’

The true meaning behind Babar Azam's remarks remains unclear. It's possible he intended it as a lighthearted comment acknowledging Rizwan's religious practices.

Pakistan’s white-ball captain Babar Azam has raised some eyebrows with his recent comments about teammate Mohammad Rizwan. During a podcast appearance, Azam reportedly referred to Rizwan as a “Molvi” – a term used for Islamic religious scholars.

Understanding the Term “Molvi”

Molvi, derived from “Mawlawi,” is a title of respect given to Muslim scholars who have completed extensive religious studies. While not inherently derogatory, it can sometimes be used in a dismissive or disrespectful manner.

Mohammad Rizwan religious observance

Mohammad Rizwan is known for his devout Islamic faith. He has been seen performing prayers on the field during matches, sparking debates in the past. An Indian lawyer even filed a complaint with the ICC regarding one such incident.

Babar Azam return to captaincy

This controversy comes amidst Babar Azam’s recent reinstatement as Pakistan’s white-ball captain. This decision surprised many, particularly considering Shaheen Afridi’s short-lived tenure as captain. Some, including Shahid Afridi (Shaheen’s father-in-law), even argued that Mohammad Rizwan would have been a better choice for the T20I captaincy.

Interpreting Babar Azam Comments

The true meaning behind Babar Azam’s remarks remains unclear. It’s possible he intended it as a lighthearted comment acknowledging Rizwan’s religious practices. However, given the potential for disrespect and the current climate surrounding Rizwan’s on-field prayers, his choice of words has caused offense.

With the T20 World Cup approaching, Pakistan cricket finds itself embroiled in an unexpected controversy. Whether Azam’s comments will have a lasting impact on team dynamics remains to be seen. The team management will likely address the situation to ensure a united front as they head into the World Cup.


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