Indore: Irfan condemns Sydney siege, Peshawar attack; doesn't talk on cricket

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2014 16:19 IST

Condemning recent Sydney siege and Peshawar school attack, cricketer Irfan Pathan said no religion allows anyone to kill people and killing innocent kids is the most heinous act. Irfan was in Indore to participate in a school function on Saturday.

Irfan, who usually spits fire with the ball on the 22-yard strip, was clean bowled over school kids' queries about his cricketing career, his relation with his elder brother and cricketer Yusuf Pathan.

Interacting with media persons, the 30-year-old left-arm pacer from Baroda avoided queries on cricket and politics, but claimed that he is confident that he will make a comeback in the national team and will represent country in international cricket once again.

Irfan, known for his wicket taking ability on dead tracks thanks to his swing bowling capability, said no religion allows anyone to kill others and killing innocent kids is the most heinous act and my condolence with the deceased family members, Pathan said while replying media queries on his reaction on recent Sydney siege and Peshawar school attack.

The 'all-rounder' also made it clear that cricket was his first love said he got film offers in year 2007 and 2011, but cricket was his first love and he never thinks about acting in Bollywood, Irfan said while media persons asked him about whether he got any Bollywood offers till date.

About his on field and off field relation with swashbuckling cricketer and elder brother Yusuf Pathan, Irfan said apart from being an elder brother, he (Yusuf) is a mentor and good friend.

"Whether on the field or off it, we respect and understand each other, but whenever he plays for the opposition team (in Indian Premier League), he is only an opposition batsman for me and my job is to take his wicket for my team," he added.

The Pathan brothers have represented India on several occasions, including the 2007 ICC World T20, while in IPL Irfan is currently playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Yusuf is a part of Kolkata Knight Riders.

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