Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has issued an unconditional apology to former India star Harbhajan Singh for his 'inappropriate and disrespectful' comments on India pacer Arshdeeep Singh's religion during the high-octane clash between the Men in Blue and Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2024. 

Akmal said he was 'truly sorry' for his comments about Sikhs, which attracted a furious response from Harbhajan on social media.

"I deeply regret my recent comments and sincerely apologize to Harbhajan Singh and the Sikh community. My words were inappropriate and disrespectful. I have the utmost respect for Sikhs all over the world and never intended to hurt anyone. I am truly sorry. #Respect #Apology," Akmal wrote on social media account X (earlier known as Twitter), tagging the former India cricketer.

Notably, Akmal had made a controversial remark about Arshdeep's religion during a panel discusion.

"Kuch bhi ho sakta hai... Dekhe last over karna Arshdeep Singh ne hai. Waise uska rhythm nahi laga. 12 baj gaye hai. Anything can happen. The last over will be bowled by Arshdeep Singh; he hasn't looked in a great rhythm. And It is already 12)," said Akmal while laughing along with other panellists.

However, Akmal's comment didn't go down well with Harbhajan and he lambasted the former Pakistan cricketer over the incident.

"Lakh di laanat tere Kamraan Akhmal.. You should know the history of sikhs before you open your filthy mouth. We Sikhs saved your mothers and sisters when they were abducted by invaders, the time invariably was 12 o'clock . Shame on you...Have some Gratitude," wrote Bhajji.

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