Under attack for his earlier comments that he felt more loved in India than Pakistan, the Pakistani T20 team captain Shahid Afridi on Tuesday stirred another controversy because of his Kashmir comments.
Asked by former Pakistan cricket captain and now commentator Rameez Raja if he and his team had support from the crowds in Mohali, Afridi said that “a lot of people are here for Kashmir.”
“It seems you have a bit of fan following here in Mohali,” Raja said after Afridi lost the toss in the match against New Zealand.
Afridi replied, “Ya, a lot of people, a lot of people are here from Kashmir as well. And I want to thank people of Kolkata, they really support us as well.”
Afridi had landed himself in a big controversy after arriving in India for the ongoing T20 World Cup.
At a press conference in Kolkata, Afridi had said that he felt more loved in India than even Pakistan
He had said, “There are very less nations where I’ve enjoyed cricket as much as I’ve enjoyed cricket in India. Yahan ke logon se humein bahut pyar mila,itna pyar humein Pak mein bhi ni mila jitna yahan.(People in India have always given me plenty of love even more than what I’ve got in Pakistan.)”
His statement had angered many former Pakistani cricketers including Javed Miandad and Mohsin Khan.