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Former Indian cricket team spinner Harbhajan Singh took to social media to express his anger over a story involving him which was told by former Pakistan skipper Inzamam Ul Haq in an interview that has gone viral on the internet. During the interview, Inzamam said that Harbhajan was impressed by Maulana Tariq Jameel and even considered converting to Islam. “We had a room where people prayed. Maulana Tariq Jameel used to visit us in the evening and lead us into a namaz. After a couple of days, Irfan Pathan, Mohammad Kaif and Zaheer Khan also started to come. Four other Indian cricketers were sitting and watching us,” he said. “Harbhajan, who was not aware that Tariq Jameel was a maulana, said that ‘I am impressed by this man and will follow his word’,” he added.
In his post on social media, Harbhajan completely denied the story and said that he is a ‘proud Sikh’.
Yeh kon sa nasha pee kar baat kar raha hai ? I am a proud Indian and proud Sikh..yeh Bakwaas log kuch bi bakte hai https://t.co/eo6LN5SmWk
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 14 November 2023
Earlier, the rift was between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq intensified with the country’s sport’s governing body accepting the former skipper’s resignation amid an allegation of conflict of interest.
The PCB issued a statement on Thursday that it had accepted the legendary player’s resignation.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board has accepted the resignation of Inzamam-ul-Haq as the Chairman of the National Men’s Selection Committee and Junior Selection Committee and will announce his replacement in due course.
“Inzamam-ul-Haq voluntarily resigned from his post on October 30 to offer the PCB the opportunity to conduct a transparent inquiry into the conflict of interest allegations,” the PCB statement said.
(With PTI inputs)
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