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‘I am truly sorry’: Kamran Akmal apologizes to Harbhajan Singh and Sikh community for controversial remarks on Arshdeep Singh – Times of India



NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal has issued a public apology following his controversial remarks about Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh, which sparked widespread outrage. Akmal’s comments, made during a panel discussion on ARY News, were deemed disrespectful and inappropriate, prompting strong reactions, particularly from former India spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Akmal’s contentious remark about Arshdeep’s religion during India’s high-stakes match against Pakistan, where Arshdeep bowled the final over, drew immediate criticism.

Akmal had stated, “Kuch bhi ho sakta hai… 12 baj gaye hai (Anything can happen. It is already 12),” in a video reposted by Harbhajan Singh. The comment was perceived as derogatory towards the Sikh community.

In response to the backlash, Akmal took to social media platform X to issue a sincere apology.

“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 posted.

Harbhajan Singh had earlier lambasted Akmal for his remarks, expressing his anger and disappointment.

“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,” Harbhajan wrote on X.

The exchange has highlighted the need for sensitivity and respect in sports commentary, especially when addressing cultural and religious contexts. Akmal’s apology reflects an acknowledgment of the hurt caused and an attempt to mend relations with the Sikh community and the broader public.
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