What's common between South African batting star Hashim Amla and rookie Jammu and Kashmir and Pune Warriors' off-spinner Parvez Rasool? Apart from being cricketers, both have refused to endorse liquor brands on their team clothing because of religious sentiments.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the Pune Warriors' player has removed the logo of a liquor brand - an IPL sponsor - from his team jersey. The bowler who debuted for Pune earlier this week and called it the "proudest day of his life," has reportedly informed the team management of his decision to not sport the logo as "it hurts his religious sentiments."
The 24-year-old said he initially did not realize that the logo belonged to an alcohol brand. When he did, he took 'immediate action.'
"I used tape to hide the logo and people were initially wondering why I was doing this. I told them that it is because my religion prohibits alcohol consumption. I can't endorse liquor brand. For me my belief is paramount. My family is happy with the decision," he said.
This is not the first such instance of a cricketer refusing to promote an alcohol brand in any way. Amla had refused to play till the team's official sponsor was removed from his jersey. This was because the company was a well-known beer brand.
India's top off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was also in trouble for letting his hair down and endorsing a liquor brand.