Pakistan Skipper made another controversy mentioning ‘Kashmir’ twice in four days even he knew how sensitive the issue was. Image Courtesy – Deccan Chronicle
Shahid Afridi’s comment during the post-match presentation after Pakistan was thumped out of the World T20 by Australia, created a new controversy with the Kashmir issue. It was all right up to when it was normal that Pakistan would leave the nation with a message that would clear route for the resumption of two-sided cricket. But the skipper, Shahid Afridi, once again pokes his nose with such an issue with which sentiments of both the countries are attached.
He said, “I want to thank the people of Kolkata for supporting us. I thank people who came and supported us from Pakistan and Kashmir. I also want to thank the BCCI for taking good care of us in India.”
Obviously he was being strongly criticised for mentioning ‘fans of Kashmir’. Generally, an international player like Afridi should not comment on such a thing which can hurt other communities of people. He should be aware of this. He should not talk like a political leader.
An international player is always representative of a country. So, while commenting on other country or the people of the country with which a long drawn sentiment is attached; he should control his words keeping in mind the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Shahid Afridi also said in his statement, “We have not got this much love even from Pakistan” – which is, in fact, a controversial statement as far as his own country Pakistan is concerned.
Actually he tried to compensate by snatching the support of a political issue, because the team confronted difficulty returning home in the past after a poor performance, particularly against India. In fact, Javed Miandad, the former captain of Pakistan also criticised him saying that the all-rounder should be regretted what he told.