Pakistan is just days away from starting their World Cup T20 2016 journey against Bangladesh on 16 March. Captain Afridi looks disappointed with the scenario all around, that is not because of the team performance as Pakistan have clinched a victory in a warm-up match against Sri Lanka. That is something due to the controversy rose up because of his ‘love India statement’.
Boom Boom has also clarified his statement over the matter but even though it isn’t working for Afridi. Not only Pakistan Cricket fans have lambasted Afridi as several sports journalist and media men have also voiced against Afridi’s statement.
On Monday after winning the warm-up match against Sri Lanka Afridi tried to clarify his controversial statement by saying: “I am not just the captain of Pakistan’s cricket team I am representing the whole country here. The one statement I gave recently should be taken as positive.”
“I did not mean to say that someone is dear to me more than Pakistan’s people. My identity and everything I have belong to Pakistan,” he added.
“After coming in India, journalist asked me question, I knew that what ever I will say, it will be heard around the world so that is why I tried to give the message to the world that we really love playing cricket in India. Cricket is game which connects people. Pakistan and India’s relation have been improved in the past through cricket. I have given positive message from my country. It depends on persons, how they take my message positively or negatively.” Afridi further said.
Pakistan Cricket T20 Captaion also sued Facebook to clear the dirt away and tried to convince the audience that he was deliberately misinterpreted by journalists.
If we demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace in the world. Alas some journalist are born to deliberately misinterpret an innocent statement. Be positive, be true!
Among some former cricketers criticizing Afridi’s statement, the former great batsman Javed Miandad during a live show also burst on Afridi and even cursed his cricketing career on live screens.
Javed Miandad cursing Afridi’s cricket in a live TV show
Apart from all that Afridi is also backed by some celebrities, namely the great Imran Khan, who won 1992 World Cup for Pakistan has tried to clarify the statement.
Imran Khan steps in to clarify Afridi’s statement, World T20 2016