Pakistani cricketer's gesture during match sparks criticism
He made the celebratory gesture after taking each of his three wickets.
Pakistani cricketer Haris Rauf has faced criticism online after he made throat-slitting gestures during a match.
According to Cricket Pakistan, the 26-year-old bowler made the gesture after taking each of his three wickets during the Melbourne Stars match against Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.
After taking each of his three wickets during the match, the right-arm pace bowler made a throat-slitting gesture which has sparked some controversy among some viewers, who disapproved of Rauf's celebration.
I think you need to have a word with Haris Rauf The throat slashing action of his wicket celebration is totally inappropriate. You really don't want kids emulating this kind of behaviour- Laurinda Ottaway (@LaurindaRenee) January 2, 2020
Exuberant celebrations are part of modern sport, but to perform the action of throat slitting after taking a wicket is totally disgusting, there is no place for that in be it in sport or otherwise. Someone at Melbourne Stars should talk to #HarisRauf .- AmerCric (@Amermalik12) January 2, 2020
Teammate Nick Larkin has come to Rauf's defense, saying "I didn't see it out there, but he's a passionate guy so it won't surprise me if he was jumping around and carrying on."
"He's excited when he's taking wickets and I think he's really grateful for the opportunity to be playing in the BBL."
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