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Iceland Cricket's Snarky Apology After Former Players Slam 'Rubbish Tweet' on Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan conceded 110 runs in his nine overs against England, who registered an easy victory on the back of Morgan’s incredible batting. By the end of the game, Rashid had bowled the most spell in the history of World Cups.

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Updated:June 19, 2019, 2:55 PM IST
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Iceland Cricket's Snarky Apology After Former Players Slam 'Rubbish Tweet' on Rashid Khan
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Iceland Cricket has come under the scanner for taking a scouring jibe at Afghanistan’s wrist-spinner Rashid Khan, who was decimated by England captain Eoin Morgan’s in his record-breaking innings at the World Cup showdown between the two countries at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The backlash was so severe that the organisation later took to twitter and apologised for their previous comments and tried explaining that it was nothing but a light-hearted joke.

Rashid conceded 110 runs in his nine overs against England, who registered an easy victory on the back of Morgan’s incredible batting. By the end of the game, Rashid had bowled the most spell in the history of World Cups. He was dispatched for 11 sixes during England's innings.

His unusually disappointing performance made him the butt of all jokes. Iceland Cricket, the Twitter handle that has taken the world of cricket by storm over the last two years, was one of many who trolled Rashid Khan.

“We’ve just heard that Rashid Khan has scored Afghanistan’s first century of the #CWC19! Wow! 110 from 56 balls. The most runs ever scored by a bowler in the World Cup or something. Well batted young man,” read their tweet.

However, the condescending comments made on Rashid did not go too well with many, especially former cricketers. Former England all-rounder Luke Wright was one such person who was visibly upset by the distasteful display of sportsmanship by Iceland.

He sincerely came out in support of Khan and denounced Iceland Cricket’s tweet, calling it ‘rubbish’.

"Rubbish tweet. Rather than trying to be funny why not be respectful to someone that has done so much for cricket and especially associate members," Wright tweeted.

As mentioned above, in the face of this stifling criticisim, Iceland Cricket apologised later on Wednesday. Referring to several other world-class cricketers whose humiliating one-off performances made them a subject of many jokes in the past, in a tone that if we may, was largely unapologetic, the fraternity said that its hands were up in surrender and apology.

"We’re really sorry. Mick Lewis goes for 113 off 60.Stuart Broad goes for 36 off 6.Ben Stokes goes for 24 off 4.Everybody had a laugh at them. We didn’t see this as any different.But evidently it is. Hands up. We apologise," it wrote.

Following Wright's tweet, several other famed names from the cricketing fraternity too chimed in support of Khan and condemned the belittling remarks made by Iceland Cricket. England fast bowler Stuart Broad replied, saying Rashid is a world-class bowler and can have bad days in cricket. "He is a world class bowler & a delight to watch. Everyone has bad days in our sport," Brod said.

New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi said that one dismal performance cannot take away the fact that Khan has been setting the bench-mark for leg spin bowlers around the world for the longest.

Meanwhile, Australia pace legend Jason Gallispe accused Iceland Cricket of disrespecting Khan.

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha expressed concern over Rashid Khan’s bowling figures, saying that such figures indicate that the necessary equilibrium between the bat and ball has been ‘distrubed’.

“What on earth is the pitch made of? There should be a balanced competition between the bat and the ball. You feel sad when the balance is disturbed,” he said on Twitter.

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