Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels cricketers rarely voice their opinion on issues plaguing our society because of insecurities and the fear of losing their jobs.
Irfan Pathan is one of the rare sports stars who speaks out on social issues and is no stranger to facing backlash on social media for being outspoken.
But Pathan is of the opinion that only those with thick skin are able to speak up while those with insecurities chose to remain silent on various social issues.
“You can only build your image on social media if you have a thick skin and are real. As a social influencer and a person who has represented India at the highest level, I will always speak of unity.
“I try to keep my life private but bring my thoughts to the people so that my country can benefit from it. “For example, when I had tweeted about the Jamia, I read and re-read, thought about it, and spoke to students as well before coming out and expressing concern about it,” Pathan told Raunak Kapoor on the Instagram Live show ‘Beyond The Field’.
The 35-year-old feels the country will move forward if sports stars start speaking up on issues plaguing our society.
“Ideally, if cricketers or sports stars can come out and talk about issues plaguing society, then it will only take the country forward. But simply saying “hamara desh mahan hai” won’t help. We need to walk the talk.
“If you ask why others don’t talk about sensitive issues, then I feel they have insecurities. For example, a commentator ends up losing his job for praising the opposition because a film star tweets against him. These are insecurities. So, if we can assure them security then they will come out and talk,” Pathan said.