Shahid Afridi Sparks New Controversy, Indian Cricketers Slam Pak Player

Afridi sparked a new controversy after he made several objectionable comments on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to PoK.

All-rounder and former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, Shahid Afridi, sparked a new controversy after he made several objectionable comments on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Though, this isn’t the first time Afridi has made remarks against an Indian government.

Afridi, in a video making rounds on the internet, could be heard saying, “The bigger disease than coronavirus is in Modi’s mentality. And that disease is a disease of religion. They are playing politics based on religion. The kind of atrocities he’s been committing against our Kashmiri brethren just two kilometers away from here, he will have to provide answers in this world and to God as well.”

Gautam Gambir, the Indian opener and MP from the ruling BJP, took to Twitter and responded in a strongly-worded tweet. Gautam and Afridi haven’t really gotten along with each other on-field or off the field.

Gambhir said, “Pak has 7 lakh force backed by 20 Cr ppl says 16 yr old man @SAfridiOfficial. Yet begging for Kashmir for 70 yrs. Jokers like Afridi, Imran & Bajwa can spew venom against India & PM @narendramodi ji to fool Pak ppl but won’t get Kashmir till judgment day! Remember Bangladesh?”

2011 WC sensation and senior Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh also responded to the Afridi’s comment on his Twitter handle.

Yuvraj said, “Really disappointed by @SAfridiOfficial‘s comments on our Hon’b PM @narendramodiji. As a responsible Indian who has played for the country, I will never accept such words. I made an appeal on your behest for the sake of humanity. But never again. Jai Hind”

Offspinner Harbhajan Singh, while talking to India Today, said, “This is very upsetting what Shahid Afridi has come up with, talking ill about our country and our Prime Minister. This is just not acceptable.”

“To be honest, he (Afridi) asked us to make an appeal for his charity. In good faith, we did it for humanity and for the people suffering due to the Coronavirus. Even our Prime Minister has said that Coronavirus is a fight that extends beyond borders, religions, and caste. So we were very clear with the cause that we were promoting, which was simply to help those in crisis,” Harbhajan further added.

“But this man (Afridi) is talking ill about our country. All I have to say is we have nothing to do with Shahid Afridi. He has no right to speak ill against our country and he should stay in his country and limits,” Harbhajan said.

Indian social media users are outraging over Afridi’s comments. This is not the first time the Pakistani cricketer has said something that has sparked outrage. he had earlier tweeted on Kashmir saying, “It does not take a religious belief to feel the agony of Kashmiris…just a right heart at the right place. Save Kashmir.”




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