A legal case has been filed against Pakistani T20 cricket team captain Shahid Afridi in Lahore High Court after he told reporters in Kolkata that he felt more loved in India than Pakistan.
After arriving in Kolkata on Sunday, the flambouyant Pakistani cricketer 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.)”
The petition was filed by advocate Azhar Siddique on Monday.
According to Pakistani media, the petitioner argued that Afridi’s statement had hurt Pakistani sentiments and the court must ask the skipper to explain his remarks.
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad too lashed out at Afridi by saying that the latter should be ashamed,
Speak on Aaj TV, Miandad said, “These cricketers should be ashamed of themselves for saying such a thing. Shame on you.”
Meanwhile the IPL chairman, Rajiv Shukla has described the step as utterly ridiculous.
He told ANI, “It is ridiculous that some people in Pakistan are behaving in such a fashion. In India, people praise performance of players. That is the culture of India, people there (Pakistan) should not mind.”