"you shake her hands, you won't even feel she’s a girl."
Abdul Razzaq has come under fire for his sexist comments against female cricketer Nida Dar.
The former cricketer appeared on a talk show that was hosted by Noman Ijaz.
The trio, among other members of the show, talked about women in sports.
However, Abdul repeatedly made sexist remarks over Nida’s appearance and future in cricket.
When asked what her career would be if she was not a cricketer, Nida stated that she would have still been a professional athlete.
Honey Albela laughed and said:
“Do you have some kind of allergy with marriage? You don’t want to talk about it at all.”
Another host, Wafa Butt, then questioned how many sports academics are available for women in Pakistan.
Noman replied: “I know there are few at the college level.”
Nida then said: “If some colleges and schools have space, then they do try and incorporate cricket in their extra curriculum activities.
“Girls from rural areas and villages move to the city to play cricket, in hopes to pursue this as a profession.”
Wafa then interrupted: “And then they leave when they get married.”
Nida said: “They try to play the sport as much as they can since you never know after the wedding.”
Abdul Razzaq then said: “Oh, they don’t get married.
“Their field is as such. When they become cricketers, they strive to be as equal as their male counterparts, if not better than them.
“They want to prove that not only men, but they can also do it as well.
“The feeling [to get married] is gone [by the time they excel.”
Abdul then made an absurd comment about Nida’s hands:
“If you shake her hands, you won’t even feel she’s a girl.”
Nida took the comments in a dignified manner and said:
“Our profession is such that we have to do batting, bowling and every other thing [that the sport requires] which needs fitness, so yes your body does become hard.
“If I hadn’t been a cricketer, I would have definitely been a [sports] professional of some sort.”
However, Abdul interrupted her and said:
“You can tell by the haircut she has.”
While the other hosts and audience laughed, Wafa asked:
“I had this query for a while. Can you not play cricket with longer hair?”
Nida said: “You absolutely can play with long hair.”
Noman remarked: “But for someone who has kept her hair long, it would affect her game.
“There are certain requirements when it comes to sports. Why can’t one play with a three-piece suit? You have to abide by the need of the sport.”
Razzaq is making fun of Nida Dar for looking manly ? pic.twitter.com/ECPBgGdBsp
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The clip angered netizens and they called out Abdul Razzaq for his sexist comments.
One person said: “So disgusting all these people literally jumped on her.
“Can’t even imagine how much sexism our women cricketers go through. Nida Dar is a star!”
Another commented: “Always knew Abdul Razzaq was sexist. This is despicable.
“He kept on saying sexist stuff about Nida Dar being ‘manly’ and ‘inki shaadi nai hoti’ and everyone else kept laughing.
“This is what our women cricketers have to face constantly in this society.”
One netizen slammed all the hosts for their comments towards Nida:
“In my mind, I am having a breakdown on live TV, I am screaming at Abdul Razzaq and all three of them for cornering Nida like that with their sexist and misogynist BS.”
A fourth said: “You became a world-class all-rounder but your mentality stayed there from where you started your career.
“Pathetic of you to ridicule a Pakistani star on national TV. Sexism and sense of humour at their peak.”
Nida Dar is one of Pakistan’s most experienced cricketers, playing 80 ODIs and 108 T20Is.