When South African XI featured five Muslim cricketers during an international match

It is true to say that any sport is beyond the boundaries of religion. But there have been many incidents when religion starts playing a role, especially in a sport like cricket. In the recently concluded ICC World T20 2016, we witnessed India playing without any Muslim player against Pakistan for the first time in a World Cup match and after few months, a similar incident came into notice.The only difference was the presence of Muslim players, and not their absence.

South African cricket team carries vast and interesting history when it comes to cricket. It was the period of Apartheid which marked a black spot both on the nation and on their cricketing history. But it has been a long time and now South African team is one of the best teams in the world of cricket. It features among those teams which gives chance to players of other nations in their international side, especially cricketers from Pakistan and India.

There have been plenty of Muslim players who have represented this team at international level and famous players are Wayne Parnell, Farhaan Behardien, Yusuf Abdullah, Gulam Bodi, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi.

In the recently concluded match between Australia and South Africa on June 7, 2016 at Providence Stadium, Guyana, they played with five Muslim players — Amla, Behardien, Tahir, Shamsi and Parnell, which is the first time in the history of South African cricket team. Well, it is a known fact that Parnell recently converted his religion and accepted Islam, which is the main reason behind this historic incident to happen in South African cricket.