ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Javed Miandad criticizes Shahid Afridi for praising India
Karachi: Pakistani cricket team captain and mercurial batsman Shahid Afridi has landed in controversy immediately after landing in Kolkata for ICC T20 World Cup. After being given historic welcome in Kolkata, an emotional Afridi had said that he never got the same love and affection from people in his own country.
It was natural that teh comment will create reverberations back in Pakistan. Former captain Javed Miandad has said that players making such statements should be ‘ashamed’ of themselves. (World Twenty20: Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik Say Pakistan Get Only Love in India, Not Security Threats)
While attacking Afridi former Pakistani captain Miandad said, “These cricketers should be ashamed of themselves for saying such a thing. Shame on you”. According to reports, Afridi has been served legal notice for his comments on India.
Afridi and senior player Shoaib Malik had praised India after landing for the World T20, insisting that they never felt threatened in the country even though their departure was delayed due to security concerns.
“We have always enjoyed playing in India and have been loved by Indian crowds more than crowds back home in Pakistan,” Afridi had said.
Miandad said Pakistan had gone to India to play in the World T20 but it didn’t mean that the players should pander to the hosts. “What have the Indians given us? Speak the truth even while in India. For the last five years what have they given us or done with Pakistan cricket. Having served Pakistan cricket for so many years, I am shocked and hurt to hear such comments from our players,” Miandad said.
The veteran of 124 Tests said the Pakistan cricket authorities must look into this matter and there should be proper media classes for the players when they go abroad. “The job of this team is to go and play well in India not make such unnecessary comments,” he said.
Miandad is not the only one to react in this way. Pakistan’s former Test opener and chief coach Mohsin Khan also expressed his surprise over the comments from Afridi and Malik. “They are senior players and should be careful while speaking to the media specially while touring India,” Khan said.