Waqar Younis called out for 'sexist' remark regarding Women's World CupSport
Waqar Younis, Pakistani bowling legend and former coach for the men's cricket team, was taken to task by Australian batswoman Alyssa Healy after carelessly 'suggesting' on Twitter that Women's World Cup matches should have only 30 overs as the standard 50 were "a few too many".
Younis tweeted: "@ICC What about having 30 over [matches in] Cricket World Cup for Women??? Like Tennis [has] 3 sets rather then 5 [for women] #Suggestion I feel 50 overs are [a] few too many #WWCUP17."
The tweet got a mixed response, with some users agreeing with him and others calling Younis out on his 'suggestion'.
Looking to control the damage from his first tweet, Younis tried to clarify his comment saying his "suggestion" was for the good of the game:
"Lesser overs mean faster pace, more audience, competitive cricket, no discrimination or prejudice toward women #AlwaysRespectWomen #WWCUP17"
Healy came swinging at Younis, replying to his tweet saying:
"Haha so what you're saying is that 530 runs in a 50 over game isn't entertaining?! With two of the best innings anyone has seen..."
She was referring to Australia's win over Sri Lanka in Bristol. In the match, Sri Lankan Chamari Atapattu hit an unbeaten 178, which Australia's Meg Lanning followed with 152 not out as her side successfully chased down 9-257.