Salman Butt has expressed disappointment at tweets shared by former India players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir following India’s defeat to Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup match on October 24, Sunday. After India’s defeat, Viru and Gauti had slammed those bursting crackers in India to “celebrate Pakistan’s victory”.
Firecrackers are banned during Diwali but yesterday in parts of India there were firecrackers to celebrate Pakistan ‘s victory. Achha they must have been celebrating victory of cricket. Toh , what’s the harm in fireworks on Diwali. Hypocrisy kyun ,Saara gyaan tab hi yaad aata hai
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 25, 2021
Those bursting crackers on Pak winning can’t be Indian! We stand by our boys! #Shameful
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 25, 2021
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Butt stated Sehwag and Gambhir should have behaved in a more dignified way.
“You don’t expect international cricketers to react this way. They have played the game for so long and were such renowned sportspersons. These are the people who are expected to make people understand. If they react in such a way, then obviously people around them will think what they are saying is right.”
Salman further added that Sehwag and Gambhir should act responsibly as they are followed by millions.
“Cricketers like them need to be careful about what they write because they have so many followers. People listen to them and what they say and do has an impact on them. They should be the people doing the best talk, giving the best speech, promoting peace and harmony. These should not talk about things that are not suitable.”
Butt recalled an instance when the PCB had arranged firecrackers despite Indian’s win in Pakistan.
“When India were playing the ODI series in Pakistan (in 2004), PCB had arranged for firecrackers for the last match. The series was tied at 2-2. The firecrackers were set off even after India won the series, which was a great gesture from PCB. This is what sportsman spirit is.”