Nick Compton has been making headlines for controversial reasons of late. The former England opener had first accused India of running the ‘Cricket world’ and then termed Virat Kohli act of asking spectators booing Steven Smith to instead cheer for the Australian as ‘condescending.’ The Englishman has now apologised for his comments, terming the Indian captain’s gesture as ‘well-meaning’ while urging all those who criticised him to ‘keep it friendly.’
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Compton wrote, “I’m sorry if people feel my comments regarding Virat Kohli were unfair... I’m sure it was harmless guys and his intentions were well meaning. Let’s enjoy the cricket and let the fans make their own minds up.. I appreciate your views let’s keep it friendly.” (sic)
Reacting to audiences booing Smith for his involvement in the 2018 ball-tamering scandal, Compton on his show had earlier said, “Fans are allowed to do what they want. They paid the money to come watch the game.”
He added, “There’s always going to be a bit of backlash. And in some ways, it makes the World Cup what it is."
Sharing the promo of his show, he had tweeted, “I don’t think Virat Kohli had any right to tell fans to stop booing at Warner and Smith but rather clap them.. found it rather condescending if truth be told! @cricketworldcup #CricketWorldCup2019."
Netizens had lashed out at the former cricketer, taking jibes at his short cricket career and more.