KARACHI/NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s firebrand cricketer Shahid Khan Afridi is receiving a lot of flak from fellow Indian cricketers, including those who earlier rendered support to his causes, for making remarks against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In his address during a charity drive, the Pakistani All-rounder called the Indian premier ‘coward’ and said that the neighbouring country will be held accountable for its atrocities in occupied Kashmir.
Not only that, Afridi said that there exists a ‘bigger disease than the coronavirus inside Modi’s heart and mind’ related to religious intolerance.
The cricketer also shared his two cents about Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan who was captured by Pakistani forces after a aerial dogfight in which his plane was shot down.
This is why Harbhajan Singh is unhappy.
Shahid Afridi “We even brought down their ‘choozay’ from the air, gave them tea and then sent them back to their country with respect” pic.twitter.com/QnMiE6ISAf
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 17, 2020
Following the event, Indian cricketers began lashing out at Afridi while the ones who had shown support earlier, also took a step back.
Earlier, Afridi’s appeal for donations to help people affected by the deadly virus in Pakistan has had overwhelming support from leading Indian cricketers.
Yuvraj Singh, who had earlier spoke in support of Afridi for raising funds, said that he was ‘really disappointed by Afridi’s comments’ on Modi.
Really disappointed by @SAfridiOfficial‘s comments on our Hon’b PM @narendramodi ji. 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 🇮🇳
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 17, 2020
Bowing to the pressure, Harbhajan Singh also retreated his message of support.
“I am sorry to all of those brothers hurt by the act (support for funds). I promise you that now I will never send any message to that country (Pakistan), its nationals, which can hurt any Indian national.”
— swadeshi mojito (@desimojito) May 17, 2020