Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – The Indian cricket board is fuming over a statement of Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi who acknowledged the support of “a lot of people from Kashmir” during the World Twenty20 match against New Zealand in Mohali.

Criticising the Pakistan skipper on Wednesday, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said: “To give a statement like that is not politically correct. A player should stay away from all this.”

“That’s the reason why he was criticised in Pakistan,” Thakur said while referring to the controversy triggered by Afridi’s previous remark on getting “more love in India than back home”, the Times of India reported.

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During Tuesday match that Pakistan lost, a section of the crowd cheered Afridi at the toss, prompting former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja to ask if he and his team had support from the spectators here.

“Yes, 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 said at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium just before the start of the game.

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“It seems you have a bit of fan following here in Mohali,” Raja had remarked after Afridi lost the toss.

Afridi is set to be axed as captain after the World T20, after giving vague indications that he would retire from the shortest format after his team’s campaign ends in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.

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After suffering a 22-run defeat to New Zealand, Afridi said the upcoming game against Australia could be his last. “That (the match against Australia) could be my last,” Afridi said at the post-match presentation ceremony.