Lala’s tirades: Afridi loses his cool

Afridi says Indian media has negative approach, praises Pakistan's media for being a 'hundred times better'.


Express April 05, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


Just days after winning hearts around the globe, and across the border, for his and the team’s on-field display in the World Cup, Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi launched a bizarre attack on India, its cricketers and its media for ruining matters between the two countries.


While he labelled Pakistan media “100 times better” than their Indian counterparts, Afridi said that the Indian team was not as “large-hearted” as the Pakistanis despite continuous efforts and that its media took heart in blowing matters out of proportion, resulting in the omnipresent animosity between the two nations.

“You can’t hide the fact that no matter how much we try, they [the Indian team] can’t be on the same level as us and don’t have a heart as big as us,” Afridi told Dawn News in response to a question pertaining to India’s hospitality and treatment.

In a separate interview during a television show on Samaa, Afridi confirmed that due to the same reasons, it was “really difficult to have a long-term relationship” with India.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was quick to distance itself from Afridi’s comments, a spokesperson confirming that the board did not share the allrounder’s views as it was his personal opinion. Afridi also came under heavy attack from former cricketers, including former chief selector and opener Aamir Sohail, who labeled the jibe as ‘immaturish’.

“I think he shouldn’t have made such comments,” said Sohail. “You got to respect every individual and his statement is kind of immaturish and at the same time untimely.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2011.



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e | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend @khurram kaleem: Oh, now you're begging for getting democracy for Pakistan!! Its you guys who have to do that pal - the world cannot hand it over to you. Stand up like the Egyptians or Libyans and you'll get it for yourselves instead of being cowards and begging for it. Please don't stoop so low; show some self esteem.
Mango Man | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend @ Hammad - because Gambhir didnt say that - He just dedicated the Mumbai win to those who died in during 26/11. He did not point mention Pak or the attackers, only the victims! Turn your blinkers off for a moment! If you feel that "revenge on Mumbai Attacks" is a "direct attack on Pakistan and Pakistanis", you are obviously admitting that Pak was behind it, right!? Finally!
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