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BCCI criticises Afridi for ‘support from Kashmiri people’ remark

cricket Updated: Mar 23, 2016 15:08 IST

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On the backfoot after his team’s loss to arch-rivals India in Kolkata last week, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi raised an unexpected controversy by raking up Kashmir. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday criticised embattled Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for saying that “a lot of people from Kashmir” had come to support his team during the World Twenty20 match against New Zealand in Mohali.

“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, referring to the controversy triggered by his previous remark on getting “more love in India than back home”.

During Tuesday’s match, which 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.

Read: Now, Afridi says people from Kashmir have come to support Pakistan

“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.

Afridi is set to be axed as captain after the World T20 owing to Pakistan’s loss to India in a crunch World T20 match. The flamboyant all-rounder had triggered outrage in Pakistan after saying that his team gets more love in India than back home.

On Tuesday night, Afridi gave clear indications that he would retire from the shortest format after his team’s campaign ends in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.

After suffering a 22-run defeat to New Zealand, Afridi said the upcoming game against Australia could be his last.

Read: Shahid Afridi won’t stay on as captain after World T20: PCB chief

“That (the match against Australia) could be my last,” Afridi said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Disappointment was writ large on Afridi’s face even as he congratulated New Zealand.