MOHALI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur 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 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.
“It seems you have a bit of fan following here in Mohali,” Raja had remarked after Afridi lost the toss.