In a bizarre allegation, former high-profile IPS officer from Gujarat, Sanjiv Bhatt, has questioned the lack of representation of Muslim players in the Indian cricket team. It is strange when you know that Mohammed Shami, a Muslim by religion, is probably the most the high-profile fast bowler in the current Indian cricket set up.
Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh has replied to Bhatt’s allegation, saying that religion should not be brought into team selection. Here are the tweets put out by Bhatt and Harbhajan.
क्या इस समय भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम में कोई मुस्लिम खिलाड़ी है ?
आज़ादी से आज तक ऐसा कितनी बार हुआ कि भारत की क्रिकेट… https://t.co/Nb6ufi71qX
— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) October 22, 2017
हिंदू मुस्लिम सिख ईसाई आपस में है भाई। क्रिकेट टीम में खेलने वाला हर खिलाड़ी हिंदुस्तानी है उसकी जात या रंग की बात नहीं होनी चाहिए (जय भारत) https://t.co/UVvSHaLJdY
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 23, 2017
Bhatt interestingly tweeted about this on Sunday, a day before the announcement of Indian cricket squads for upcoming battles. And not that it is the most important thing to say, but one must put out that two Muslim players found themselves in the Indian team.
Mohammed Siraj was named in the T20 squad which will play New Zealand and Mohammed Shami has as expected found himself in the Test team which will play Sri Lanka.