Lala’s tirades: Afridi loses his cool

Published: April 5, 2011
Pakistan World Cup captain Shahid Afridi rubs his eyes while speaking to the media outside his residence in Karachi on April 1, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Pakistan World Cup captain Shahid Afridi rubs his eyes while speaking to the media outside his residence in Karachi on April 1, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


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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  • Usama Zafar
    Apr 4, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @Shahid Afridi: Nevermind!Recommend

  • sceptic ali
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:06PM

    you missed the part where afridi declared that – pakistanis and muslims are more generous than, and have bigger hearts than, indians/hindus.
    a very ugly and racist statement, don’t you think? particularly when coming from the mouth of the pakistan cricket team’s skipper.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:13PM

    Afridi said more than that and made many indefensible, embaressing remarks against Indians.
    I reproduce some of it below.

    “In my opinion, if I have to tell the truth, they (Indians) will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. I don’t think they have the large and clean hearts that Allah has given us,”

    Afridi also criticised Interior Minister Rehman Malik for warning the Pakistani team not to get involved in match-fixing and Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who vowed to dedicate victory in the World Cup final to victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

    “I think they were both very stupid comments by Rehman Malik and Gautam Gambhir…I wasn’t expecting this from Gautam…This is all politics, what do you know about who carried out the Bombay attacks?” he said.

    The Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead, were carried out by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

    In my opinion his comments may perpetuate the kind of ideology taught by the extreme right wing in Pak and re-inforce Indian perceptions of the kind of indoctrination that Pakistanis are subject to.Recommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:16PM

    Thanks Afridi. You never asked what we think of you. You are the epitome of a decent guy. Things like eating the ball and scuffing up the wicket are all sporting gestures. Take a hike Mr.Afridi ! Indians would be darned if they needed a conduct certificate from you !! Bahut jalan ho rahi hai kya?Recommend

  • sunil vohra
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:21PM

    Afridi has not clarified what was so negative about the Indian media soone cannot undersyand this very vague statement!!!Recommend

  • Amer
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:22PM

    QUESTION TO ET: Why do you have to publish sound bites from an interview? Aren’t you trying to manipulate what is said or didn’t say by only publishing what you thought was relevent to the purpose of your news page?
    What ET is doing is only to spice up their pages and this will give a wrong impression to the Indian readers of these pages!! They will start questioning Afridi’s motives etc but he is right in criticizing media for the hate that it has created between the two countries.Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:29PM

    “It is very difficult for us to live with them or have a long-term relationship with them,” he said. “You can see how many times we have had friendship in 60 years and how many times relations got strained.”

    He is just a sportsman must stick to cricket….regarding Indian media they just want masala for TRPs. He can learn many things from Tendulkar, A Silent socialist, A Silent donar, Silent learner, with Big heart, Great humanbeing, God of the cricket. Thanks.Recommend

  • mahwish
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:33PM

    whole world knows that india did not won worldcup, india bought it with help of haroon lorgat!! jalan jab hoti jab india khel k jeeta!! :PRecommend

  • Ahsan Mansoor
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:34PM

    For friends from across the border, do you really dont know? I mean, Facebook is so full of videos from your media projecting a bad image of Pakistani cricket team. I just saw a video calling Afridi “Beyman Afridi” multiple times in a clip only few minutes long. Another one, with caption “How to demolish Pakistan” was also in circulation on the internet.

    No one is really giving your media certificate here (there are better things to do in the world), but he is only giving his opinion. Learn to digest opposing opinions instead of starting your counter attack.Recommend

  • logic, India
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:35PM

    Afridi has problem with Rehman Malik – Malik’s fault
    Afridi has problem with Indian Media – Indian Media’s fault
    Afridi has problem with Indians(little hearts you know) – Fault of Indians
    Afridi has problem with US – US’s fault

    Afridi lost match with India – Rehman Malik’s, Indians, Indian media and the US, all are at fault.Recommend

  • sceptic ali
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:37PM

    you missed the part where afridi declares that – pakistani & muslims are more generous than, and have bigger hearts than, indians.
    in my opinion, this was an utterly racist statement and quite unbecoming of pakistan’s cricket team’s skipper. one wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that afridi is a sore looser and worse, a religious supermacist.

    ps – hope you allow my comment through. if not at least email and explain why not, please.Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:42PM

    So why did pakistan allow to do that..?? Are you again talking about match fixing? hmm.. please ask pakistani crickters about this. Set up enquiry commitee.. Wait for the result and then blame India.. Thanks Recommend

  • Karachi
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:42PM

    Yes he is absolutely right , before the world cup final indian media announced that India will win the world cup and the match is already fixed due to cricket diplomacy b/w india and Srilanka.They don’t even think about their own country.Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:44PM

    Afridi speaks the truth….which is evident from indian posts above.Recommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:49PM

    he also said muslims r better than indians
    tht ET didnt write
    shame on u ETRecommend

  • Pathan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Afridi Wrora, Don’t get involved involved in politics. You’ve better get on with your cricket. Foriegn relationships is not your cup of tea, trorzoya :)Recommend

  • Henna Khan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:54PM

    There are two teams in Cricketing world that I never support, and I have my reasons for it, which I consider genuine. Australia, being the snobs, and yes the ’99 final loss never helps either. India, firstly, out of such a huge population they come out with a mediocre team full of batsmen, making Cricket so boring by piling up the runs, which the other team try to chase. Boring, if it wasn’t for Indian crowd, which undoubtedly is strongly one-sided, and even though it makes them strongly funny, they also make the Test matches interesting. Secondly, where players like Tendulkar, Dravid and Nehra encourage me to like them, players like Dhoni and Gambhir with their political statements justify me for not supporting team India even if it’s playing against Kenya.

    Indian media is theatrical and immature who just loves to twist the actual content. And for Pakistani media, we’ve taken the defeat well but for God’s sake get over it rather than inciting the negative response from Pakistani public…………Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:54PM

    I am saddened that a respectable newspaper like the Express Tribune does not cover the immediate previous answer given by Shahid Afridi to the Anchor’s question about the generous Indian Hospitality shown to her peers in India. He unnecessarily bought religion into the conversation. “They (Indians) will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. They cannot have the big and clean hearts (saaf- suthra dil) that Allah has given to Pakistanis.” Audience claps to that, without thinking that the equally sizeable Muslim population in India. He further adds, “It is a very difficult thing for us to live with them (Indians) or to have long-term relationship with them. Nothing will come out of talks. See how many times in the past 60 years we have had friendship and then how many times things have gone bad”
    I completely agree that the Media in the Subcontinent – Indian and Pakistani still has tabloid maturity, but you would expect the Indian or Pakistani cricket captain not bringing in religion or character superiority into the conversation. That includes you too Shoaib Malik. Stop Bringing in Allah and Ishwar. If you drop to the media’s level by toeing the State idealogy and protocol to get some cheap popularity and sympathy, then atleast don’t ask, “hum india se itna nafrat kyun karte hain?” in a off the cuff interview in the same week.Recommend

  • Henna Khan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:57PM

    @sceptic ali:
    What about Gambhir’s statement??????????Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:57PM

    Whats wrong with this guy?? I know that he did not get chance to chew ball this time, as the indian fed him well, nor did he get chance to mess up the wicket, and his troops were below par on the day. So what can he say more, except make statements to play with local media and get in thier good books.Recommend

  • saad
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:03PM

    thanks Afridi, I was very pained when you praised India in your last interview. Today you talked like true pakistani. We all know that indians can never be equal to us..Recommend

  • Nees
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:05PM

    @J.Oberoi – Cricket World Champion:
    Dont you have Indian newspapers to vent your anger….>!!!!!!Recommend

  • Madhuri Dixit
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:08PM

    I cant believe you have won and youre still so bitter.Atleast enjoy your victory!…sahee kehtay hain kuch logo ko “ijjat” raas nahi aati…I think this is what Afridi was talking about:

    Kaaaallllla pathhar..ooooooo Im scared:P
    Sabse khoonkhar pathar tor practice.. hahahahahahahahaha
    I still can’t stop laughing!Recommend

  • Chinmay
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:08PM

    Shahid Afridi also said:

    strong text
    “…In my opinion, if I have to tell the truth, they (Indians) will
    never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. I don’t think
    they have the large and clean hearts that Allah has given us…”strong text

    How can you ignore this?

    Imagine you are a Pakistani Hindu boy who is listening to this.

    How would you feel?

    Would you feel like ever supporting the Pakistani cricket team as a Pakistani Hindu?

    I’m sorry to be impolite, but if Pakistanis can’t see the evil and bigotry in what
    Shahid Afridi said, then you richly deserve what your country has now become.Recommend

  • cricketer
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:09PM

    fake match deserves the fake trophy……………………haha…jaly trophy.Recommend

  • ishaq
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:09PM

    Most of indian news channels are Masala oriented sometimes indian
    News Channels looks like a Typical Bollywood Masala Film Trailer.
    There is 1% Facts and 99% Masala in indian news channels.Recommend

  • Ravi [India]
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:10PM

    @Ahsan Mansoor:
    Facebook is so full of videos from your media projecting a bad image of Pakistani cricket team
    Oh really my dear, plz tell me where was the pakistani cricket teams izzat when afridi was eating ball, more recently when pakistanis were doing spot fixing in london.
    Plz take the pain to reply !!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Ramlah
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:25PM

    @sceptic ali:
    ugly statement? well truth is always bitter and ugly :DRecommend

  • sceptic ali
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:32PM

    @Ahsan Mansoor: no sane, educated and rational indian can defend the vernacular indian press. they are ratings whores, who will do anything to increase their trps. while that is a fact, it’s also true that there are media in india, which have a much larger audience than the jingo brigade and who go the extra step to, not only be fair and balanced to pakistan – public and your government – but at times they absorb allegations from some in the indian public who accuse them of being “enemy agents”. when you get a chance, please take a look at some of india’s most popular news channels like , ndtv and cnn ibn and in the print area, read papers like the hindu and the times of india, both have a very large readership. you will be surprised at how balanced these outlets are in their approach to the whole indo-pak relationship, in sports and in politics.

    anyway, our objection is not that afridi criticized the media, rather the ugly pronouncements he made claiming that – pakistanis and muslims are better human beings than indians [he meant hindus].

    as an indian muslim, i found this statement particularly distasteful. and quite frankly, given how pakistan treats its minorities, i would much rather be a minority in india than pakistan.Recommend

  • num
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:39PM

    its true while pakistani media was shouting slogans such as aman ka chakka laga Indian media is always finding faults in us…
    creating differences between us… people of india are great but indian media is bit dissapointing at timesRecommend

  • Mir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Pretty stupid comment coming from a cricket captain.. This country destroys everything it creates. Why defend the Indians and then say something stupid like that?? I understand that most of the educated indians do know their media to be kind of sensationalists, but talking about “Saaf Dil?? I am embarrassed as a Pakistani and would like to explain to the indians that what he said was probably for ignorant domestic consumption, couldn’t have been anything more than that after he went off about those indian movies and everything. Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Thanks to all IPL corporate managers and team ownersfor not selecting person like this.. The man who eats the ball, throws bat on stumps to run out the batsman, spreads religious venom. Now started loving our stupid corporate. Recommend

  • maryam
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:47PM

    @J.Oberoi – Cricket World Champion:
    dont 4get this worldcup is a gift 4 india……! from PAKISTAN;-) Recommend

  • abhinav
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:55PM

    So Shahid Afridi showed his true colour. What ever he did in India was just an act.
    I don’t see any thing wrong in what Gautam said, he did not accused any one of the attack. Only dedicated the win to the people killed by terorists.Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 9:55PM

    @logic, India: Ha ! HA ! That was funny ! Afridi must be told not to mix politics and religion with sports. By the way no hard feelings Afridi Baba. You were a part of our IPL Deccan Charger’s team . Would love to see you playing for Hyderabad again !Recommend

  • A R Khan, Wisconsin
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:00PM

    Guys guys, you forgot to tell that the first thing he did after coming back to Pakistan, he questioned WHY do Pakistan and India even have bad relations. He said he doesn’t understand why Pakistanis have to be so anti-India! He’s not a racist like so many other Pakistanis… He is advocating peace… some of his negative comments are out of frustration from the relations not getting better after more than 60 years (and for that the State’s echelons need to be blamed for not making efforts). If you read between the lines, if you try to understand what he’s trying to say, you won’t need to think hard to realise that all he’s doing is advocating peace with India.

    And he blamed the media in BOTH countries as being partly responsible for relations not getting better between the two countries. He NEVER praised Pakistani media either. You can listen to his press conferences before and after the semi-final. And he’s right in blaming media, because media in both countries give a highly disproportionate weight to good news or advocating goodwill between Pakistan and India. Aman ki Asha stays an exception. Apart from that every news channel and news paper hypes up the smallest of issues between the two countries (e.g. Veena Malik’s appearance in Big Brother).

    So Afridi is right in blaming the media for not promoting goodwill and peace… the media have the immense power of shaping mass perceptions… the media can do a lot more. I for one am very proud of Afridi taking the Pakistani cricket team to Mohali (despite all the low expectations) and that brought together thousands of Pakistanis and Indians together. Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 10:01PM

    @Henna Khan:
    What an immature statement ! What do you mean by Kenya ? Bechaarey they are very poor and they don’t have support [financial]! Once the Kenyan captain himself said that ! You won’t support us against Kenya ! Fine take a chill pill and relax !Who cares ?Recommend

  • Sara
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:04PM

    How much broader minds INDIANS have?, well i can see by above statements.
    What happened about Semi Final, its an open secret.

    As its said,


    Dont worry AFRIDI, We proud of u, U will get many more chances to FIX the game with INDIA.
    Avoid politics and concentrate on ur game.
    U did very well to refuse the PM’s dinner, and CM’s prize money.

    BEST OF LUCK, Recommend

  • JustSaying
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Imran Khan, over the years have become a real ambassador, and while watching him talk about things before final was a pleasure. I think true/unbiased people are liked no matter what is their country of origin. i wouldn’t even go and try to measure Afridi on a similar scale.Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:08PM

    @sceptic ali:
    He did not say that —

    pakistanis and muslims are more generous than, and have bigger hearts than, indians/hindus.

    I saw that in the report by AFP too. But that seems to be untrue, because in the interview with DAWN he did not say such a thing.

    He said — ‘Indians cannot be as large hearted as Pakistanis.’. Which I believe is a stupid comment.

    Here is the link –> YouTubeVideo. He will be saying those comments around 1:13 mts, into the video.Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:09PM

    Afridi ” “It is a very difficult thing for us to live with them (Indians) or to have long-term relationship with them. Nothing will come out of talks. See how many times in the past 60 years we have had friendship and then how many times things have gone bad”

    Probably Afridi considers Zaid Hamid to be a great historian and philosopher. Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:10PM

    i just wonder why so many indians are on this site and its our openness that they can post there comments freely. i meant hate filled comments

    In India..we still have greats like Azharuddin, Prabhakar , Ajay jadeja…professional gamblers, who brought so much shame to the game and the world knows India is the betting capital of cricket.. So stop crying about Afridi. Indians should admit that there media is a typical masala spewing machine which has nothing to do with reality..i mean when even projecting there own news.

    So all of you take a hike…if your hate driven leaders find out u were on a Pakistani website..who knows u will be connected to Dawood or Lashkar-e-taiba. Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:12PM

    @sceptic ali:

    I take back my comments above. Afridi did make racial comments. ‘Anonymous’ has posted the correct YouTube links above.Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 10:12PM

    A typical Pakistani character. What he talk in India is different from what he talks now in his home country. Even chameleons feel shame at his changing colours. Let him vomit the poison he is forcibly holding after being beaten in India by the Indian team. We, Pakistanis are lucky to get one more cricketer-turned-politician in our midst.Recommend

  • sceptic ali
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:12PM

    @Ramlah: do you really believe that muslims are better human beings than the hindus, christians, jews, sikhs, buddhists, agnostics, athiests and the rest?Recommend

  • william kane
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:14PM

    Earlier I used to have apathy towards Pakistan, now I feel pity. What a contrast!! While every nook and corner of India was celebrating world cup win, in Pakistan 30 got killed and 100 got injured at Darghah. And Afridi says Allah has given a big heart to Muslim/Pakistani. Aankhe band karne se bahar ki sachaai nahi badalti. Dear Pakistani brothers wake up and stop telling everything is fine, do something.Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:16PM

    hmmm I think Afridi is going to enter politics.Recommend

  • Jam
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:29PM

    @sceptic ali: he actually never said that, he was talking about the Indian media and never even said the word Hindu or made any reference to the people of India.Recommend

  • Mitesh
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:30PM

    Before I was not supporter of Bal Thackarey, but now I will always support him.Recommend

  • Jam
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:33PM

    Oh Bhai he was talking about the media, “they (media) will
    never have hearts like Muslims…(correction) Pakistanis. I don’t think
    they have the large and clean hearts that god has given us”Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:36PM

    @Madhuri Dixit:
    LOL. Only idiots will watch such programs.

    However stupid this program might be, it pales in comparison to the Zaid Hamid programs shown on Pak channels. Recommend

  • Hafeez.Indian
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:36PM

    Salaam alaikkum Afridi Bhai,

    Aap kaa bayan maine bilkul maan liya “In my opinion, if I have to tell the truth, they (Indians) will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. I don’t think they have the large and clean hearts that Allah has given us,”

    We are not generous – So we refused to give World Cup to your country
    We don’t have heart like Pakistanis – So we came forward to help flood victims of Pakistan

    “they (Indians) will never have hearts like Muslims” – Then We Indian Muslims living without Heart? What an invention?

    Good Joke of the Year 2011. Lagta hai aap ka bollywood mein Comedian kaa role mil sakta hai. Khan bhayiyon se abhi se bol do chance ke liye.

    Khudha Hafiz.Recommend

  • Anonym
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:38PM

    Afridi is being paid to create such sensation,,lately on field rivelery between players have gone down…decreasing trp..hence such stuntsRecommend

  • A
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:43PM

    “Pakistani khilarion ka kalay phathar ka istamal” and “india semi final harjayga kion k bohot bara satta lagga gya” these n other similar statements shows how biased is the indian mediaRecommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Afridi’s interview is exactly what one would expect from him. Please don’t be upset at him, as he has not much education let alone be an expert on media and foreign relations. In addition we have to understand he has just lost in to India. The great Boom Boom never scored more than 37 runs (that too against Zimbabwe) in the fur world cups matches he has played. Yet with that kind of performance he still thinks that IPL would offer him millions of $$.

    After being kicked out of the IPL for good, the not so young Afridi has not much to do in terms of earning big bucks.

    The basic problem of Afridi and his teammates is that most of them are not even college educated. If you compare Indian players vs. Pakistani players in terms of education my point would be clear. No truly educated person would behave like a thug and chew up the ball, dig the wicket and make the kind of statements Afridi makes. Only three years ago he so casually talked about having a second wife! It only shows how “sensitive” he is. I fail to understand why would Pakistani women not condemn people like him instead of supporting.

    Mirza, USARecommend

    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Afridi is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is a dangerous man. Two days ago, he was blaming Misbah and Yunus khan for seminal loss.Recommend

  • Rashid Hasan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:51PM

    Well said! Recommend

  • Dhiraj
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:53PM

    @Vinayak and @Jam and anyone else doubting whether

    Afridi mentioned ‘Muslims’ and the other things in all of this:

    “..In my opinion, if I have to tell the truth, they (Indians) will
    never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. I don’t think
    they have the large and clean hearts that Allah has given us..”

    YES HE DID absolutely say all those things.

    It was NOT in an interview with Dawn News, but on Samaa TV
    and Asma Shirazi’s program called Faisla Aap Ka. The link is:

  • Ajith (World cricket champion!)
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Sour grapes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was only to be expected from Afridi!Recommend

  • Mir
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Muslims are no better than any other race or religion. That is a fact. Only thing that will make a person better is their character and their deeds towards others even when others do not reciprocate. All the religions in the world will not save you from your ill words towards others even in the scenario when the others provoke you. This goes to both the Indians and especially the Pakistani people. You all will be doomed to do nothing but talk smack for the rest of your lives and the lives of your children. Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:07PM

    why is everyone mad at Afridi for speaking the truth? seriously grow upRecommend

  • pakistani
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:07PM

    I am amazed at all the comments coming from Indians, firstly as usual just like their media they misquoted … infact used mirch masala…. then started abusing pakistan and pakistani team…. no wonder y we have a “clean heart” :-)Recommend

  • Henna Khan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:11PM

    @Dr Priyanka:
    If your comment meant anything, I’m sorry to say it was lost on me. It must be my education…………..Recommend

  • Nitin
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:14PM

    stupid comments by Afridi. Lost all respect for him. The way I can reconcile my respect for Afridi is if Afridi said this after he would have gotten death threats from the Mullahs for praising India earlier – think about it – if veena malik can get death threats, so can afridiRecommend

  • saadi
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:14PM

    Afridi Is Absolutely Rite…Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:21PM

    strong text
    Afridi should not use this kind of language specially on the media, it will not change indians mentality about us, but it has already ruined ur own reputation in front of PAKISTANI nation.
    whatever happens, happens for the best – we kicked out australia from the worldcup thats our victory ! Afridi u still boom man , but please dont ruin ur good image now ! Pakistan zindabad !Recommend

  • Dhiraj
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:24PM


    So Afridi “spoke the truth”?

    Since when exactly has it been “the truth” that, as he said,
    “Muslims and Pakistanis have a bigger heart than Indians”?

    This is just bigotry. If it was race instead of religion, Afridi would be a racist.

    And you still cannot muster the intellectual courage to condemn him for this?


  • Faisal
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:34PM

    Afridi is a sore loser, maybe he can learn from Dhoni about how to be a good captain.Recommend

  • Neeraj, India
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:38PM

    I am appalled at his statement. I am more appalled at the clapping he received from the audience at that tv programme. I feel even more outraged to read the foolish comments from the Pak readers here. If I were a Pakistani, I would have felt extremely ashamed at having a religious bigot as a captain of my national team. I cannot even imagine M.S Dhoni making a similar statement which would have sounded to Pakistanis and muslims something like this; ““In my opinion, if I have to tell the truth, they (read Muslims) will never have hearts like Hindus and Indians. I don’t think they have the large and clean hearts that Bhagwan has given us”
    Imagine Ricky Ponting issuing a statement like this;
    ““In my opinion, if I have to tell the truth, they (read Muslims) will never have hearts like Christians and Aussies. I don’t think they have the large and clean hearts that Lord Jesus has given us”
    And Sangakara says this;
    ““In my opinion, if I have to tell the truth, they (read Muslims) will never have hearts like Buddhists and Srilankans. I don’t think they have the large and clean hearts that Lord Buddha has given us”
    Do you know what would have happened to all the above three captains? They not only would have lost their captaincy, but also their place in the team. Probably would have got banned for life by their respective Cricket Boards. Not just that, Pakistani Mullahs would have been on the streets burning flags and effigies of the captains for committing blasphemy and insulting the ‘religion of peace’.
    But, I am sure nothing is going to happen to the ‘Pak ambassador’ Afridi, because by issuing the above statement he has consolidated his credentials as a ‘true Muslim’.
    Shame on you Pakistanis, you have sunken so low that, you no longer feel ashamed at anything.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:39PM

    Yes Afridi, you are the best. No country let alone India can come even close to you and Pakistan. Here is only one news in today’s paper from Pakistan. Nobody could be that good and can emulate your achievements in the field of civility and culture.

    Mirza, USA

    LAHORE: Police on Sunday have arrested two corpse-eaters from the Darya Khan area of Bhakkar, Punjab.
    The arrested men claimed that they have been feeding on dead bodies of humans since the past 10 years

  • skeptical skeptic
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:41PM

    @sceptic ali:
    How can you call that a racist statement? Just like it is ok to say that Nazis were evil, Afridi has the right to say that his reception in India was not good and based on that he can derive conclusions, which might not be totally accurate, but are a representation of his experiences with Hindu peoples. And yes, Muslims are generally more philanthropic as their religion dictates to them to take care of their community. Sikh people are also very communal and take poverty seriously. On the other hand, Hindus are generally very self-oriented and do not have much regard for poor classes. Their scriptures prove that. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:44PM

    Afridi is so true, i can’t believe myself when i saw the reports every indian channel made and since India has grown so much globally, i think its time for the India Media to grow up and one advice to the indian channels and newspaper ” Try being impartial”Recommend

  • Adnan Khan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:46PM

    Afridi is only stating the obvious. After all, what kind of hosts would invite you in their homes and then unleash a barrage of hate and vitriol from all sides ?. And like Talat Hussain pointed out on his show, this was not just sledging from the indian media towards our cricket team. This was national sledging that included every strata of indian society, against Pakistan.

    Compare this to the way the indian crowds and team were feted in Lahore in 2005, by every Pakistani, in his own capacity. The Pakistani crowd cheered more loudly for Sachin and Sehwag’s boundaries, than for their own team!

    Afridi’s only mistake is that instead of the sly, two-faced hypocrisy practiced universally across the border, he is a straight-forward Pakistani, who tells it like it is. And until the indians straighten themselves out, like Afridi stated, there can be no rapprochement.

    Adnan KhanRecommend

  • Mohil Patel
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:52PM

    @sceptic ali:
    I am a Indian Hindu and what is my opinion on how India treats people from different community?
    India is the country where everybody is given respect and honour. If you have negative opinion on India, then do go and ask India Muslims, where are they happy?. Not just Muslims, but nay religion and Caste. In India, all different cultures are celebrates with joy for all different religions.

    Christmas for Christrians
    Eid for Muslims
    Diwali for Hindus and Sikhs
    Vaisakhi for Sikhs.
    All the other festival with great dedications

    If you have a look at all the these festivals, then you will realise how India respondes to different communities and religion. There are few problems in India amongst community. In one house do two brothers have no problems?. At the end of the day, if they fight against each other, they will also fight for each others as well. In a very similar way, if two communities fight, they will patch up in no time. As a result, when any problems comes, they will fight for each other also die for each others. By saying what you have said, you are just turning youself down infront of your muslims community. Also if life you wil create problemd for yourself.

    Besides so many different people from abroad comes to India to vist and the like the country and then go back with good memories.Recommend

  • javeria
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:03AM

    i think indian journalists should have been careful in questioning, if u ask a player how wud u face ur nation? is dat ur concern n by the way v are proud of him. n dont u understand what he means by big hearts, if u throw a sarcasm that means ur nations is goin to be devastated wid defeat, how else should he answer. n we do have bigger hearts. indians would burn the houses of their players, v salute them. it was the team expected not even to get thru the quarter final and yet they made it to semi’s.india c’mon its just afridi. go enjoy ur victory. n if there was any violence from our side, v cannot deny the fact that on both sides of the border there are extremists. indians have been burning the muslims alive and bombarding the borders after their past defeats. even then m sure most of the pakistanis would not be happy about it. congrats india, u played well. Recommend

  • pakiexpat
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:05AM

    afridi you put me and all Pakistani a shame position . i will never forgive you . your totally wrong when your talking about relationship between Indian and Pakistan .we can live friendly .But when it come to cricket its like a war . i demand a rematch Recommend

  • IamgladIamnotaPaki
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:17AM

    lol. Looks like you are a croos breed of roflmao and helicopter. You are definetaly a rare species and only one of your type:)Recommend

  • Mohil Patel
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:17AM

    This can create a dispute between India and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:24AM

    When you run out of excuses and want sympathy you blame either Israel, India or the USA – nothing seems to change. The only good thing about Pakistan is that is located far away from my home country.Recommend

  • sohaib
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:34AM

    He is right. What is the fuss about? Indians can switch off relations impulsively. This is their magnanimity (large hearted). They think the only way they can ‘sanction’ Pakistan is to stop playing cricket with us. And why are people here so anti-religion? I dont know if ET is an Indian newspaper disguised as a Pakistani. It has a bias towards Pakistan which is shameful. I dont understand why there are so many Indians commenting on Pakistani websites (if ET could be counted as Pakistani). They have their own flashy and spicy media to trawl about. Recommend

  • H I
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:36AM

    it is true, Indian media is a very cheap.You can check some u tube clips.They behave very cheaply.Shame on them.They instigate hatred between people and earn money out of pornography eg TOI.Recommend

    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:07AM

    Afridi is the man. Indian media sucks for real. Indian media trys to act like western medias all the time hahahaRecommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 1:38AM

    I think we (Indians) should go easy on the guy. Star News and Zee News are truly the bottom of the barrel as far as our news channels go and an outsider cannot be blamed for thinking that Indian media is wholly negative. I hope Shahid Afridi gets an opportunity to watch more balanced channels and revise his views (will ignore his views on muslims vis-a-vis Indians/hindus). I admire the chap and believe he is truly classy in his speech barring this particular interview. Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 1:38AM

    Afridi should have behaved like a man not a chameleon, in India he was praising Indians and enjoying every moment there but the day he came to Pakistan he took a U turn. Hypocrite, no wonder why we lost so shamelessly. Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Smell something burning here?

    One logical question – if most Pakistanis feel the tournament was fixed, why did they send their team for the WC in the first place? Secondly, Pakistanis should realise that the expert fixers come only from Pakistan – remember Asif, Butt, et al – so when the experts are not around, how can others dare to do their job?

    Afridi, like a true-blue Pakistani finally vented his spleen and displayed his narrow mindedness. He’s a sportsman and he should concentrate on his & his team’s performance rather than the Indian press. His team was walloped by a lacklustre New Zealand while India showed them the door out of the WC.

    Grow up Afridi & other Pakistanis. Being jealous will not make you win matches – performances will.Recommend

  • Indocanuck
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:41AM

    The big hearted followers of the religion of peace slaughter innocent UN workers in retaliation for something they had no part in. This particular “honest, big hearted” Muslim cricketer has been photographed biting at a cricket ball’s seams…sheeesh….will you guys ever look at the mirror and see the dirt on your face?Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:43AM

    I have no problems in admitting that Indian team is the best in the world today. I also have no hesitation in saying that majority of Indian electronic media is third rate.Recommend

  • opinionated
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:49AM

    maybe afridi may have gotten too carried away, but one thing is true, the indian media is going crazy with the whole indo pak ordeal. especially talking about the infamous “kaala pathar”! that was an epic stint by the bharati media, man it was funny beyond funnyRecommend

  • opinionated
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:02AM

    friends from the other side, don’t you have an indian tribune that you can comment on? its like the hot new discussion topic for every indian now! how will afridi’s statement make a difference to you?? move on and stop whining for goodness sake! Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 2:03AM

    @Adnan Khan:

    Who needs rapproachment with losers like Pakistanis? You can continue living in your anti-India cocoon, while we move ahead on our path of progress. I think your jealously stems from so many things, viz:

    India has emerged as the world’s 3rd largest economy and where’s Pakistan – still begging from US for aid.
    The US, once Pakistan’s best friend, has now made friends with India. US knows its better to make friends with winners than whiners.
    Failure to beat India in WC matches – 5 defeats at the hands of India are too much to digest for the proud Pakistani.
    India is progressing at a frenetic pace. We are the world’s foremost IT nation & have got more billionaires even than the US. What’s Pakistan got? Home-grown terrorism that it intended to unleash against india but which, like a scientific experiment gone horribly wrong has boomeranged on themselves. Result? Daily bomb blasts and explosions in Pakistani towns – the Frankenstein that Pakistanis created is now threatening to gobble them. Of course, they have a chance to blame the blasts on RAW & other Indian agencies – LOL.

    Grow up!Recommend

  • Ajay
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:24AM

    He probably supported putting Asia Bibi in jail (saaf suthra dil) and in all probability (by the looks of his statement) supported Qadri too.

    Pakistanis have bigger hearts !/ LOL! I see it on display in US all the time. My Pakistani friends use every facility in US, they have large families and kids get great care in US but they never tire of complaining about how immoral and bad US is. Is is that ‘large loving caring hearts’ tend to be hypocritical, dishonest (not paying taxes) and brutal (Asia Bibi and many like her)?

    I wonder what piqued Afridi. He probably did not get the welcome as he perhps had wished,Recommend

  • Shock horror
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:40AM

    No doubt, the big hearted Pakistanis have just yesterday demonstrated how big their hearts are by killing more than 50 muslims in Dera Gazi Khan. If 50 muslims had been killed in the West, Pakistanis would be talking about acute Islamophobia! But then that is what one has to expect from a deluded nation and its delusional citizens!Recommend

  • junaid
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:58AM

    o wow…how really liberal and open minded we are criticizing someone who really has given an on-screen tongue to what we are always yelling here and there…well said Afridi bhaai…….and all those who got pricked by his generosity comment..i wont go further into the discussion but will only point to the most apparent thing:architecture..i can narrate 101 other things but i think it alone is enough to depict the mindset of us two!and what wrong did he actually say ?????can anyone tell me???do you think all the amn ki asha fuss and etc is just going on there as here?????that media is indeed negative might be not on hearts but dreadfully for ratings and accepting it shouldn’t be something wrong!Recommend

  • sundar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:29AM

    Shameless Afridi you are unbelievable. How low can a cricket captain nay a human being go? Has any of the players from the other loosing nation ever made any such stupid remarks? Your players doesn’t know how to bowl,field or bat and you did a poor job of leading a pack of losers. You needed a scapegoat as well as justify your unbelievable performance now you trying to throw mud.To top it all you bring religion into this. Shameless Afridi, even your so called Allah won’t pardon you. Recommend

  • Swati
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:35AM

    Indians equal to Pakis?? HA HA HA…

    You are right Indians are civil, democratic, secular educated people and have worked hard to make India Superpower

    Pakistanis on the other hand are ….. well look how many bomb blasts happened and how many people got killed today due to terrorism in Pakistan and you will get your answer

    You really made me laughRecommend

  • Kamran Ahmad
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:54AM

    @william kane:
    LOL.. I always say that a Hindu RSS Terrorist alwyas Hide behind these English names. These Miscreants think they will not get caught if they show Up under these fake names. Gotcha Baby!!!
    Listen After Pakistan Got Reymond Davis we now Know who is behind these Suicide and other bomb attacks in Pakistan ,All major agencies including MI5 is also involved . By the way, What is NATO, US Army and others are still doing in Afghanistan? manufacturing terrorists and training them to inject in neighboring countries to disturb law and order? Where is Usama after ten years of invasion? Where is he? So let’s make it very clear that who is training and financing these terrorists who are planting bombs in pakistan? And I am sure no one has slightest doubt after we apprehended this Terrorist Reymond. So, go and fool others under Fake names.
    You support Bal Thakray because you were born a Terrorist .Afridi is absolutely right that it is of no use at all. I also agree with his other comments knowing that who you support, BAl Thakray!!! Enjoy that terrorist

    @ Sceptic Ali
    Muslims are better Human being than you for sure. Go take a Hike. I don’t care if you disagree. So , there is no need to write an answer. I am going to Throw into trash. And by the way, reveal your True Hindu RSS ID. People would be glad to see another Col. prohit in your shape.

    @Vicram Singh
    You have a Problem with Zaid Hamid but you have no problem with those Tanks that took stroll in Golden temple. You are the most Hypcrite person I see on this Panel. Is there a Hindu terrorist hiding behind this Personality?
    @ Abhinav
    You showed your true color too, Mr. Terrorist.

    @ Ron( The Terrorist Indian)
    Well, Go and Plant a Bomb to the IPL selectors for selecting Afridi. OR You have a better Option. Tell The Mumbai Terrorist Bal Thakray to do it for you and then Blame it on Muslims Like Famous Col. Prohit < the Samjhota Express Terrorist.

    @ HedgeFunder
    Hey!!! What are you doing. Go chew the Ball for him or your teeth are fake? LOL.. People like you have nothing to do than to come here and write idiot comments. What’s wrong? Your own news papers Kicked you out or what? Listen! He chew the ball or not, He is our Hero and that’s the way it is going to be now and forever. So, go take a Hike.

    @ Obroi
    He doesn’t need your Opinion. We will let you know when he wants your enlightening input. Until then., Go take a very long walk. Recommend

  • kazmi
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:59AM

    Guys … cool down .. I think he got a lil emotional there … but personally I dunt think wht he said was wrong .. maybe the way he said was wrong .. but he stated the facts!! Indian media is biased … and very irresponsible .. the world knows it .. they dont even leave their stars alone .. so we Pakistanis we shouldnt except good in return .. I dunt think he is making up abt the big hearts thingy!!! … maybe the Indian team didnt give the same warm reponse like they did .. AS far as i remember .. he didnt say Muslim have clean hearts and all tht .. so dunt exagerate ppl .. he said Pakistanis have more bigger hearts!! .. he didnt bring religion … its funny how every small issue is so xtra senti for Indians …. accept it guys your media is very pathetic .. esp when it comes to Pakistan .. there are endless video up on youtube where Indian media is bashing Pakistan team through out the Wc tournament,,, whereas if you look for Pakistani media talking abt Indian media .. there was nothing degrading or bad abt them!!! .. Recommend

  • haris
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:01AM

    I wonder why so many Indians enjoys reading

    aren’t there any Indian news site on the internet. Please read your own paper and sort out your own issues. We don’t want to have a debate with you. Thank you for sharing your views and reviews but I am sorry to say nobody ask you to do so.

    and sincerely I don’t want friendly ties with Bharat or Bharati Janta at all.
    I don’t want Pakistan to fight with them either but truly I don’t want to have any sort of friendship with you(Bharat). I would rather treat my Bharati counterparts as I treat counterparts from other countries. We have ties with China but there is no element of emotion here so why don’t we treat Bhartiz as like Chinese?


  • LOL
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:03AM

    @ Afridi and saad – No thanks. India doesn’t want to be “equal” to Pakistan. We don’t want to have daily bomb blasts. We don’t want to make excuses. We don’t want to have a country going down the tubes.

    It’s pointless to comment on what an idiot Afridi is for saying such things but oh well. Indians give everyone a chance and Pakistan just falls flat on its face. Contrast Afridi with Sangakarra and how gracious and eloquent he was. Afridi is a joke.

    Let’s not forget how much the Pakistani media played up the “we are more aggressive so we will win” angle. If anyone in Pakistan has had their eyes and ears covered for the last 63 years here’s a reminder:

    a) Pakistan has lost to India in every World Cup Match: all 5 of them
    b) Pakistan has lost to India in every War: all 4 of them

    We Indians don’t feel the need to rub this in but you Pakistanis keep bringing it up. Why bring up an argument when you keep losing?

    Shut up Afridi. You’ve lost all the respect Indian fans had given you.Recommend

  • Gayakwad
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:07AM

    Finally Afridi is showing his true color. His hatred towards Hindus and India is very clear now. No matter how hard we Indians try to be friends with Pakistanis, they will back stab us just like they did it in Kargil. Manmohan Singh is living in fool’s paradise if he thinks he can repair the relationship with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:45AM

    there is nothing wrong in Afridi statement, I totally second his statement; if someone is having pain;he should contact…………. BAL Thakery…..lolRecommend

  • Sanjay
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:11AM

    Afridi has not slammed Indian media, he has used hate speech against entire Indian nation.To my mind, Afridi should be banned from international cricket or at the least he should be punished by ICC for such hateful speech.Recommend

  • vasan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:02AM

    Poor fellow, this Afridi, He was chucked out of IPL after mumbai attack and did not get any bid at all. Wasnt included in the spot fixing saga in London, Didnt win the semifinal in Mohali, What else he can do for a living . He tried to eat the cricket ball in the glare of the national TV in Australia to prove that he has got a big mouth. But we didnt know it was big enough for a foot ball. Recommend

  • owaise
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:15AM

    I am shocked at the over reaction to Afridis comments….he is a wooden headed moron who has been shooting from the hip. The guy made costly mistakes in the semi finals and instead of hanging his head in shame, he is making politically charged generalizations. The sad part is that our expectations from the team had sunk so low that we are welcoming this bufoon as a hero! My appeal: lets not over heat the topic, bad feelings are like smoke they remain suspended in air!!! Recommend

  • aq inqalabi
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:39AM

    @ all the indians in this blog :

    v paks do hv bigger heart the best example is of this blog Express Tribune ,,,,, just tell me how many indian news papers blog allows paks comments ?????? ….. hahahhaha …
    way to go afridi the whole pakistan nation is with u whatever u hv said is absolutely correct !!!!

    and one more thing to all indians : u hv purchase the world cup so go and enjoy it yar :) y the hell blogging here or its difficult for u to face the reality :PRecommend

  • Maestro96
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:43AM

    What an idiotic thing to say. Pakistanis have so much more in common with the Indians than we have with the Arabs or the Persians or anyone else for that matter.

    My friends on the Indian side, please disregard the silly ramblings of my captain.Recommend

  • jeRRY
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:48AM

    losers, we can understand your feelings, but we dont care what you think about us, so you are free to bark from pakistan, the real losers, we are seeing your better culture from your media, do anything to change that situation firstRecommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:50AM

    @maryam said: “dont 4get this worldcup is a gift 4 india……! from PAKISTAN;-)”
    The only gifts Pakistan gives us are the likes of the Mumbai Attacks and Kargil. Thanks but no thanks. You can keep your gifts to yourself.
    The reason why Afridi is so angry is because in India, nobody bothered about him. He is a superstar in Pakistan used to a lot of hysterical fans doting him. In India he is a nobody. The fans were more interested in Dhoni, Sachin, Yuvraj, Gambir and Zak. Usse poochney wala koi bhi nahin tha. This really hurt his enormous ego. I don’t think Indians should forget this comment by Afridi. He showed his true culture – say one thing in India and another in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shahid Kamran
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:54AM

    There are winners, there are losers and there are sore losers, who can never get over the fact that they have been losers for life. Afridi, mate you fall in the third category. Wonder how you must show your face to your daughter in the morning. Sore loser!Recommend

  • jeRRY
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:56AM

    this is typical paki political techniques, if any one feels they are good for nothing in pakistan, if anyone feels they have no value in other’s mind, do one and only thing, speak INDIA hating and hindu hating speeches loudly.. Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:56AM

    @Proud Pakistani:
    You cannot do anything about Indian’s mentality towards you, but you can do something about yourself. Indian’s and World’s ‘mentality’ towards you will change when you change.Recommend

    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:15AM

    Mr. Afridi, you were downright racist and a religious fanatic when you made that statement. Agreed, Indian media was over exited and overhyped Indo Pak match to an unreasonable height, Agreed Indian crowd was partial, but this statement does not justify anything or anyone.

    Is the bombblast occrued yesterday and daybefore in Pakistan is the latest proof of ” clean and bigheartedness” of Pakistanis ??

    This once again establihes the fact that how deep the religious hatred has reached the Pakistani socity which eating up the state of Pakistan.

    Very shameful state of affairs !! Shame on you Afridi.Recommend

  • Yusuf
    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:29AM

    Yeah, now the one who chomps the ball to make it swing when losing, talks about clean hearts. How about the Pakistanis who sell their nation for pocketing some money? How clean and large are their hearts? Afridi is just a stupid fellow who doesn’t know what to speak, just a case of grapes turned sour or in this case bitter.Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:57AM

    He is good at giving political statements. If he has been half a good a player as well, we would have won the match against India.Recommend

  • Syed
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:02AM

    Afridi was right for the Indian media but he should have avoided commenting on the whole nation and religion. One failed to understand why he gave two opposite statements within few hours and even without changing his shirt. Who and what made him to change his own statement at the airport? There are good and bad people in every country and in every religion. Often majority reflects the over all effect but minority always exists to some how balance the situation. If he changed his views after learning Gumbhir’s statement than it is all justified. Our Indian friends should understand this. Recommend

  • ashwin
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:13AM

    being a non muslim in pakistan, i feel ashamed at afridi. before this interview i used to salute the guy. screw whatever media says; why do you have to involve religion in game.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:40AM

    After the Pakistanis were kicked out of IPL and were never needed again, these are sour grapes. At this stage in his life (where he played four world cups and never scored more than 37 runs) the only option he is left with is to capitalize on the right wing Pakistani thinking.

    He may have another option as coach/manager of Afghan cricket team!

    Like his playing or not playing, let us see what else does he come up with?

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • cricketer
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:44AM

    Bhai you need a doctor,tumharai words show kar rahay hain kai tumhari pakistan kai baray main kiya soch hai………..Afridi is absolutely right.Recommend

  • Walter Gonsalves
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:02AM

    @Adnan Khan:

    Its Afridi who in fact two-timing and dishonest. In the press meeting post his team’s defeat at the hands of India, he had nothing but praise for the Indian cricket team and the crowd…ditto when he landed at Pakistan. It seems that suddenly the Pakistani in him has surfaced which explains his going ballistic and hammer and tongs against India. Its because of this attitude, no one comes to Pakistan to play cricket, neither are there any Pakistanis in the IPL. The IPL management and the whole of India knows well that these ungrateful Pakistani cricketers will make tons of money in the IPL, take it to Pakistan and then end up bad-mouthing the Indians and the Indian establishment.Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:02AM

    I think whatever Afridi said is correct.

    If being large hearted means you let your friends walk all over you and kill your own citizens with impunity then yes Pakistanis definitely have larger hearts than us Indians.

    If being a saaf dil means you kill all others who do not have a saaf dil, then yes Pakistanis are definitely more saaf dil than us Indians.

    I agree with Afridi that Indian media is negative. Unforutnately bad news and sensationalism sells.

    I agree that Rehman Malik should not have said what he did publicly. He could have warned his players privately if he had to.

    I agree that cricketers should not be political (in general), however I am ok with Gambhir dedicating the WC win to Mumbai victims. His win is for him to dedicate and he can do as he pleases. By taking exception to Gambhir’s comments Afridi has exposed himself. I don’t see Sangakarra, Ricky Ponting or any other Captains taking an exception to Gambhir’s comments. Pls note that Gambhir dedicated the WC win to Mumbai victims and not the win against Pakistan in Mohali (that would have been political indeed).Recommend

  • Qasim
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:04AM

    Thanks ET for putting up such an entertaining circus of self centered intellects showering the audiance with their mumbo jumbo!!!!Recommend

  • Raj
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:17AM

    Pakistan lost because Pakistani team and captain watched too much Indian TV and media instead concentrating on practice.Recommend

  • Sumair
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:33AM

    @ Mahwish, very well said..

    @ Indian fellows, why are you bothering to poke on everything. You guys just enjoy the fake cup you bought from us. Cheers :)Recommend

  • Indian
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:33AM

    Well your team does not seem very far from the fanatic Mullahs. Shahid Afridi is doing what Shoaib Malik also did when you lost the T20 cup. He said i want to apologise to all the world’s muslims for Pakistan losing. That is some warped thinking to imagine Pakistan represents all muslims in the world when there are muslims in the national teams of many countries. Religious fanaticism has penetrated all of pakistani society. One would imagine a well travelled person, an international cricketer to be a little more liberal but in the end there isn’t much hope for pakistan.

    Just a short message for Afridi from India. We are the champions, no time for losers coz we are the champions of the world. Recommend

  • Walter Gonsalves
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:40AM

    @Ahsan Mansoor:

    Oh yes, we all agree you Ahsan, instead of India-baiting, have better things to do. You have to cultivate a fresh breed of terrorists and send them across the border to perpetrate mayhem. You have to train your soldiers how to surreptiously enter India (read: Kargil) as shepherds and then occupy Indian territory. You then have to train yourselves and your media to deny that any such incursions ever took place and lastly learn to accept global humiliation to accept this misadventure once proven. You have things like guaranteeing security to overseas cricketers, bomb their buses on your streets and then shedding crocodile tears of sympathy.

    All the above an evidence of the “clean hearts” that Afridi claims Pakistanis possess.Recommend

  • hassan malik
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:42AM

    Afridi only articulated what the majority of people in Pak have always believed.

    He only reflected the popular opinion of society which believe:

    1.That 9/11 was done by US/Israel group to bring bad name to Pak.
    2. That Mumbai attack was done Indians themselves to bring bad name to our glorious Land of the Pure.
    3. That the attack on Sri Lankan’s cricketers was done RAW to destabilise the enormous growth of our country.
    4. That all the suicide attacks happening at shrines are done by RAW/Mossad/CIA agents.
    5. Amir, Butt and Asif were innocent and it is the dirty work of BCCI along with English board to prevent Pakistan cricket from becoming No 1 in the world.
    6. That US is solely responsible for all the ills of their country.

    He only said what all of us have always believed in! Anything wrong with that?Recommend

  • la nina
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:46AM

    man,, this is nothing, he is deviating the hatred towards him and his team for his utter failure against india to indians and hindus, by making such religious and racist comments without any sense, this technique has been worked and well proved by paki politicians and army for more than 60 years,. Recommend

  • sudhir
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:48AM

    After all he is a muslim and nothing better can be expected from a muslim.Every muslim is a potential terrorist and there is a very fine invisible line dividing muslim and terrorist.Never believe any muslim even if he is highly educated or highly acomplished because 99% chances are that he is jehadi in one or the other way contributing his bit.All this is due effect of indoctrination they receive since they are born .Recommend

  • sudhir
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:53AM


    so haroon lorgat is “islam ka gaddar”Recommend

  • Masood
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Maybe Afridi should have been a bit diplomatic and not expressed his opinions, especially when they are not complimentary, in a public forum but he did express the disappointment at what felt he felt as Indians’ lack of hospitality. The Indian team is usually given a warm welcome, both at the public and official level. The lack of friendliness expressed by the Indian public is not recent, due to the Mumbai incident, but expressed even before that. When the Indian team visited Pakistan in 2003, after a long period, Pakistanis showed up at the stadium with Indian and Pakistani flags painted on their faces and cheered a good performance by any Indian player. The Indian team was treated with open hearted hospitality at an individual/public level. Or their return, the only thing they had to say about Pakistan was that Pakistani women are whores.On the other hand, when Pakistani team visited India the next year, no one had Pakistani flags painted on their faces and no one cheered Pakistani players.
    What Afridi expressed was his experience in India as compared with how Indian team is treated in Pakistan. In the Indian media’s coverage leading up to the Mohali match, Pakistani team was made to look villainous. Inspite of Pakistan’s unpleasant experience, Afridi, as the representative of Pakistani team, should have kept his low opinion of Indian hospitality to himself or expressed it in private company. In a public forum, he should have been more diplomatic if he didn’t have anything good to say and borne the ill treatment with grace. Its not as if Indians beat them up with sticks or jeered in the field.
    If the Indians have been raised to hate Pakistan and Pakistanis on an individual level then it is their cross to bear and not for us to run to mommy to complain about them not liking us. Recommend

  • Sana
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:03AM

    Afridi, how could you say this? After all the respect that you got from your own country and from across the border, how could you say this??? You dont have to become another Imran Khan. Honestly, sports and politics are different, please keep them seperate and DO NOT confuse. Why was there even a need of this statement at first place? You just put us all to shame. We all respected you, we all loved you but you just ruined it. I am sad, extremely sad. And now really happy that we lost the world cup. With this level of thinking and sportsmanship, we didnt deserve to be even in semis. Apologies to all the indian nation and pakistani hindu community too, sadly religious bigotry is part of our culture now.Recommend

  • Oberoi - World Cup Champion
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:10AM

    And now Afridi claims that he was quoted out of context. The man doesn’t have the courage to own up to his comments. If he has the guts to talk, he should have the guts to stick to his statements. He is pathetic! I would never want my country to have any ties with Pakistan – cricketing or otherwise. Such two-faced behaviour is not acceptable.Recommend

  • Asadullah Khan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:27AM

    Ghambir’s statement was an statement of a Terrorist’s. He looks like a suicide Bomber to me: small and quite sneaky. I am sure he took his early education from Bal Thakray. His statement represents the general Indian Player’s Mind set so he has exposed it very well and this is the terrorist mind set of the rest of the nation. Let’s speak loud and clear. All those Indians who are coming here and posting comments are terrorists too. I think their own Newspapers Kicked them out so they spread terrorism here.. Point is Afridi is 1005 Percent right. he exposed nothing but truth thats why these Indian terrosists are so much in pain. Until your team has terrorists like Gautam Ghambir, You will hear these kinds of statements from everywhere.Recommend

  • SUB
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:32AM

    @ All Afridi Bashers:

    It’s a free world for Rehman Malik, Baal Thackeray & Muammar Gaddafi. so why Afridi be an exception?

    By the way I am no fan of Lala. He is the only slogger to have made this far in the history of CricketRecommend

  • Realist
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:39AM

    Oh Come on. He is just saying what 99% Pakistanis think about Indians. Get over it. What are you all hyped up about? Pakistan and India have fought 4 wars and almost went to war 3 times in a 64 year life span. They both have Nuclear Missiles aimed at each other’s cities.

    And of course their is the very basic animosity of Muslims vs Hindus. So get over it. Get used to it. Move along. Nothing to see here. I bet you Hindustanis also say a lot of things against us Muslims and Pakistanis as well.Recommend

  • Abdulla
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:40AM

    @Henna Khan:

    What if he said this cup is dedicated to Mumbai martyrs, thats the salutation given to them, do you have any problem. Henna?,

    The Cup is dedicated to
    Indian Army,
    Mumbai martyrs

    reasons : India since it own the cup,
    Indians couse they supported the team,
    Indian army they remove the threat of so called (bombing from some idiot talibanis )
    Sachin, You know that for what reason, hope you think like human
    Mumbai martyrs already told

    what you could have done if pakistan would have won the cup?
    cup for…

    For Taliban,
    For LeT,LeJ
    For Bomb blasts
    For what?

    go get life HennaRecommend

  • Ammar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Afridi, Ghambir, Pakistan, and India! It’s about time we all grow-up!Recommend

  • mind control
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:46AM

    @Henna Khan

    If your comment meant anything, I’m sorry to say it was lost on me. It must be my education…………..

    Or the lack of it. Incidentally Afridi forgot to mention his big appetite leading to ball biting.Recommend

  • sameer
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:54AM

    India is not a race.So someone making a statement against India cannot be called racist.
    I think real racist is Indian team: Harbajan Singh who actually called Andrew Symond monkey. As a matter of fact, some of the indian crowd also were racist to Andrew Symond.
    So all Indian, it would be better if you take care of your racist player rather than blaming our captain for racismRecommend

  • Sajid
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Afridi is absolutely right if he said so..if you saw above posts from indians and their way of expressions its obvious for everyone that how pathetic they are and i’m sorry for themRecommend

  • joy
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:59AM

    all i want to ask Mr Shahid Afridi is………….who named him Boom Boom?

    and a request to all those posting hateful comments here…….pls watch Mr Afridi’s interview to NDTV which was aired last night


    let peace prevailRecommend

  • Abdulla
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:18AM

    @ first, he wanted to escape from the backlash post defeating so he asked Pakistan awam sorry, our boys did best ,so he saw the reaction from the individual pakistani.
    @second, he was not convinced the defeat, so he had venom so he split on the TV show
    @third, no men become civilised by giving good statement, but he has to follow the same, so his statement and the way he expressed shows his quality and education in cvilised society. Poor captain, poor statement, poor people

    onemore thing I really didn’t understand in which Muslim of pakistan has larger heart then others!, what a mean statement, I think his statement with respect to the physical size of the heard rather than the whole of heart, of really so, then Taliban from his pastun belt has bigger size heart, Hafeez syed has 1 Kilo gram of heart, Mulla umar has 1.5 Kilo gram of heart, over the size of pakistani and muslims heart weigh .5 to 1 Kilo gram more than normal hearts of human. so afridi, we are happy with our mutti bar size of heart and we dont need oversized heart like you. thanks Allah , you didn’t give us with oversized heart , otherwise we would have turned this India into another Kabristan – pakistanRecommend

  • Srinath
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:20AM

    @Henna Khan:

    All Gambhir said was that the victory is dedicated to the victims of Mumbai attacks as the finals are hosted in that city. Pehaps Afridi lost thinking he was the suspected perpetrator!Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Game is game and politics is politics.Don’t mix game with politics because political and other issue core issues between Pak-India are not game and Cricket is just a game and cricket matches are held between Pak-India once in a blue moon and other political issues we are facing from approximately 60 years.India played well and won.That’s all.Don’t make cricket bone of contention between Pak-India and pave the way of the solution of political and other core issues peacefully instead of hatred and prejudicial attitudes.Recommend

  • ron(Indian)
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:24AM

    Afridi you are pathetic. You are born with less brain. Its better not to eat some balls otherwise you will puke again.. get a life man.. Recommend

  • Dinesh
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:39AM

    First I thought Afridi has a Big Mouth, but now I am sure he has a TORN MOUTH.Recommend

  • ammaar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Afridi had just described what he had noticed during his stay in India so no one should critisize him for this bcz everyone has freedom to exprss his experience Recommend

  • Walter Gonsalves
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:47AM

    @Asadullah Khan:

    Your write up exposes your limited education and absolute absence of logic. Just because Gambhir is short-statured, he’s a terrorist? Going by that definition, save Umar Gul, Misbah, Younis Khan and Wahab Riaz, all within the Pakistani team are terrorists and more so the diminutive Akmal brothers. If Shoaib Malik, post your defeat at the hands of India during the T20 WC, apologised to Muslims for the under performance (despite Pakistan not being the representative of all the world’s Muslims), why can’t Gambhir dedicate the WC win to the victims of 26/11? I guess this dedication is riling the Pakistanis because Pakistani non-stage actors (or otherwise) were the mastermind of this attack?Recommend

  • bvindh
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Why is Afridi upset that Gambhir had dedicated the win to Mumbai victims? He didn’t even mention Pakistan at all!

    Is it Afridi’s way of accepting that if anybody is on Mumbai victim’s side, they are not on Pakistani/perpetrator side?Recommend

  • Kamran
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:07PM

    Afridi’s comments may have been influenced by his experience with the Indian media. This is a known fact that Indian media spreads hatred against Pakistan, which is evident from their reports related to Pakistan. If anyone has any doubts, he/she can go to any top Indian English newspaper’s site like “Times of India” and read through the blogs shared by common Indians which is a replica of what their electronic media portrays. The fact of the matter is the media on both sides needs to be more mature in its reports / stories. Jingoism is often seen in India media which is regretted. Recommend

  • Big_Al
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:08PM

    man plzz ignore him,the guy had a tough match and he was stupid enuf to watch india tv and other 3rd grade hindi news channels which most of us indians typically ignore.but yes,the respect i had for him after tht mohali encounter sure has evaporated.Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 12:11PM

    Dear Shahid bhai,

    We are all Great Nation with you.

    Kamal Anwar

  • Adnan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:40PM

    Cheers to Afridi. Always with you! What he is saying is the truth which not everybody is ready to listen yet. I would think about this hypocratic relation at international business. India is giving a very hard time to Pakistan on growing internationaly.Recommend

  • Emorhc
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:42PM

    And that proves your as small brained as he is.Recommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:45PM

    Why is the Mumbai Attacks such a touchy subject? Pakistanis always claimed that it was a RAW/CIA/MOSSAD conspiracy. What does it matter if Gambhir dedicated the win to the Mumbai victims? Since Pakistan was not involved, they should have also dedicated the match to them.Recommend

  • khalid
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:01PM

    I can assure you majority of Pakistanis are least bothered about Indians. They even don’t know how much Indians hate Pakistanis. They watch Indian movies and praise Indian stars as you people do. I being a Pakistani started hating India after visiting Times of India and reading peopl’s comments. I remember during the natural catastrophe and Airplane crash in Pakistan there where so many happy comments instead of condolence. No Pakistani can have such behavior. Recommend

  • Nazeem Barkat
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:37PM


    With the internet, the world is a “global village”, so we Indians do not require Haris’ or anyone else’s permission to write here. This is the classic example of the myopic and jealous view Pakistanis have about India and Indians. If you want us to quit writing here, why don’t you quit watching Bollywood movies and listening to Bollywood songs that you have been doing even since your inception? Pakistan is yet to clear a pre-partition debt of Rs 300 crore to India, which has been carrying forward year after year in its Budget account as a “liability” – how ungrateful. Truly, you need to change your name from Pakistan to “Shamelessstan”Recommend

  • Twisteratti
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:48PM

    Ahemmmm!…… Too many indian reading a Pakistani newspaper. Recommend

  • opinionated
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:55PM

    you are so right khalid, the comments in TOI are really bad, spiteful and abusive, i’m surprised that the newspapers don’t filter out abuses. those remarks are ten times worse than afridi’s. Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:03PM

    @Shahid Afridi, A sage said; To have humility is to experience reality, not in relation to ourselves but in its sacred independence.It is to see, judge and act from the point of rest in
    ourselves. Then, how much disappears and all that remains falls into place-

  • Aninda Chowdhury
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:18PM

    I remember last year Afridi said in an interview in an FM channel in India that he doesn’t mind playing IPL if situation improves. I think this guy do not have any self-respect either. After the Pak players were rejected from IPL, he should have said that he will never play in the IPL ,no matter how much money being thrown at him.

    Players like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram were of much better integrity. Recommend

  • An observer
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Afridi can hit sixes out of the ground, and can hit sixes off the field too :D…!!!

    Truth is truth,…. Well done Afridi…!!!Recommend

  • Sanya
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:30PM

    Man who watches IPL? kush fehmi.Recommend

  • Zai
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:39PM

    We have no problems with India. We ruled over India for 600 years! and will do again!Recommend

  • Zeeshan P.
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:02PM

    What an irony. Some of the most viscous comments against Islam and Muslim are typed online by Indians (you could found many in Tribune itself) yet they want to judge the psyche of Pakistan..:

    To all Pakistanis spare a moment and read comments like this:

    dhanus.menon (Mumbai)
    04 Apr, 2011 12:54 PM
    When one person suffers from delusion, it is called insanity and when many people suffer from delusion, it is islam……Recommend

  • An observer
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:02PM

    well said :)

    Long Live Pakistan…!!!Recommend

  • Chilli
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Samjhota Express and Babri Masjid are true examples of open hearted Indians. They killed their own people to bury Samjhota Express investigation and blamed Pakistani terrorists. Even the guy they caught and believed to be Pakistani Muslim talk like deep fried Indian and saying Bhagwan Mujhe Maaf Karday (Bhagwan Forgive Me). Watch Youtube video of Ajmal Kassab and you will realize how Indian media fooled their nation.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:17PM

    India as a country has been under ‘foreign’ domination for almost a century: Mughals and then British. And now they are being drip fed on a Murdoch dominated media with a ‘foreign’ agenda

    Maybe this explains the pettiness displayed by so many Indians on this blog. I just hope this small sample doesnt represent the whole nation of 1.2bn peopleRecommend

  • Zeeshan P.
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:18PM

    “J.Oberoi – Cricket World Champion
    2 hours ago
    Why is the Mumbai Attacks such a touchy subject? Pakistanis always claimed that it was a RAW/CIA/MOSSAD conspiracy. What does it matter if Gambhir dedicated the win to the Mumbai victims? Since Pakistan was not involved, they should have also dedicated the match to them.”

    When a nation was dragged into a crime it didn’t commit by your rabid media, by your nation and your fellow citizens..Pakistanis become a bit touchy with your intention of bringing up Mumbai. Mumbai has been used to paint Pakistan as a bloodthirsty nation even when your country engaged in murdering 100 Kashmiris last summer alone. Pakistani players should have dedicated their play that day to hundreds of Kashmiris your nation murdered and we should have seen the reactions from your side. Those who were killed in Mumbai were equal humans as those Kashmiris killed. So, why only weep for Mumbai?Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:25PM

    ” We ruled India for 600 years” Who is “WE” here??? Not you or your forefathers unless you are a direct descendant of the mughal rulers !!!! Go do your home work!!! THe descendants of the last mughal ruler are residing in OLD DELHI !!!! Not in Lahore or Pindi!!!!!!
    Don’t forget to note that if this claim is based on religion, then you need to revise that too
    as we certainly have 3rd largest muslim population in the world!!!
    Pakistan may be 2nd most populated , but most of those were not even born before partition, so go do some home work and stop writing these ridiculous comments !!!
    This article is about Cricket and i don’t recall Mughals playing it ,at least according to History books!!!! Stick to the topic, instead of bantering about nonsense!!!!!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:36PM

    It is nice to see that Afridi is hurting. But we have nothing to get depressed about.

    We have the best bowling talent (which the Indians can only dream of), good new batsmen coming through, a fearless captain (who will bite the ball if needed) and hopefully a better PCB chairman soon.

    And if we need any more inspiration to plan a winning strategy for the next ICC tournament all we need to do is think about what the Indian media is saying about us! Recommend

  • Bala Gujjar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:40PM

    Well, that’s understood if we lost or won , But when sizes matched( With China) , we have seen what a humiliating defeat you were handed in 1962. We also dont want to bring it up but since you insist that we refresh your memory .Losing or winning in matches happens. It means nothing . Else no one play sports. But getting that humiliating defeat is something doesn’t happen everyday as 1962.. And before you compare yourself to Pakistan, You must remember you are 8 times bigger than us and I feel very proud when you come and compare with us .The reason is thats what you are actually worth,. Hope you don’t start doing it with Nepal & Bhutan in couple of years. Or perhaps You have certain collective wounds that do not heal ever that bring you back to this forum. Just grow up. Living with such a small mind is a curse itself. Afridi was right in his comments. You are the proof. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:47PM

    Afridi is right!!

    Very noticeable, not even one clap from thousands of Indian crowd in the stadium when Pakistan got a wicket, or scored a boundary…

    They need to have bigger hearts than that…

    I totally support Afridi
    To all the Indians commenting here, truth bites, and this time it bit hard as I can see from all sorts of comments…

    This proves Afridis point, if Indians had a bigger heart, they would not be talking in such tone and giving silly remark; don’t be defensive be objective and face reality…Recommend

  • opinionated
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:58PM

    zeeshan, the difference between us (the people) and them is that we have better things to do than spread malice about culture and religion. i dunno why indians are acting so insecure about their culture and religion that they have not only to give justifications but reply in adversity and abuse. had they been bigger hearted then they’d have simply let go and moved on, but clearly the reaction and abuses have proved otherwise claiming everything as true. Recommend

  • opinionated
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:01PM

    and people please read this and leave it at that otherwise you clearly have no life…

  • Faisal
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:13PM

    Acually I meant to say they have been under domination for 10 centuries, not just a century!Recommend

    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:42PM

    Salam to all pakistanis and indians too,first of all i havent heard the statement given by afridi if it is so then i think this is not good for indo pak relations,these kind of statements will only severe enmity between these two nuclear bomb holders.Surprise to see so many indians commenting on this website its good but,unfortunately,statements and counter statements will not help assuage already strained relations,now we have to do something for the betterment of relations instead of being hostile towards one an other,to achieve this task stop giving these kind of pathetic statements.I think this is in our sub concious and spontaneous to give such rascist and humiliated statements but some zeal and patience required in order to control aggression towards each other.As a pakistani this is in my instincts to love my country and dont wan to hear any single words spelled against pakistan and also indians too dont want to hear, so please in this context stop giving such statements because this will only help aggravate relations between us.Congrates india over their win and hope pakistan will triumph in the next world cup.PAKISTAN ZINDABADRecommend

  • pakistani
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:46PM

    well said by Afridi. Its a true reality.Pakistan and India can never ever be frinds.Recommend

  • Mozi
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:53PM

    Now here comes a really honest and frank assesment from Afridi. He has said what no politician says. Absolutly true when it comes to Hindustan not being large hearted.. I also agree with him that relations between the two countries would never normalize.. too many stake holders and extremist views on both sides.. But i also hope that sporting relations remain normal. Sportsmen should resist being party to dirty politics.
    But bravo Afridi for saying what is true … Recommend

  • pakistani
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:55PM

    well said by AFridi.Recommend

  • Archana
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Afridi’s comment is just not cricket. Coming from a cricket captain’s mouth, it’s really very bad in spirit. He should not mix religion and politics with cricket.

    On the other hand, we should not turn this into a verbal war about India-Pakistan, Hinduism- Islam and terrorism. Especially we the Indians should prove Afridi wrong by not expressing hatred for Pakistan or Islam. Most probably he spoke under pressure to explain his team’s defeat.

    Even his later clarification is not accurate because we have his speech recorded in video. We know exactly what he said. But while Afridi has lost a lot of Indian fans and has shown himself to be in poor light, we can counter this only by not falling into the trap of maligning a whole country and religion because of something an individual said. Recommend

  • Ali Salman
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Sports media

    India’s friendship gift

    this is how indian media treats their team after losing

    this is how we pakistani treat our team

    now look at these videos and tell whether what afridi said was true or notRecommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:09PM

    @Zeeshan P.:
    Accha? Then why have you arrested Lakhvi and 7 other Pakistani citizens for organizing and coordinating the Mumbai attacks? Are your courts and law enforcement agencies also part of this conspiracy to malign Pakistan? Recommend

  • annonymos
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:18PM

    @mahwish: really…………..Recommend

  • Babloo
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Pakistanis taking exception to Gambhirs dedication of the win to 26/11 Mumbai victims is bizarre. Why should average Pakistani feel angry at it ? Is an average Pakistani involved in terrorist attack master minded by Let and or agencies ? Do Pakistanis feel outraged when someone dedicates something to 9/11 victims ?
    Afridi’s comments are absolutely indefensible and will only perpetuate bad perceptions that people have about Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Knock Knock
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:12PM

    1) Afridi said that “woh” (Indians, I assume) cannot be as generous and forthcoming as Pakistanis. That is his personal opinion. It isn’t a race thing. He clearly mentioned (in the Dawn video) that despite the numerous times Pakistan has extended the hand of friendship, it has been turned down. Yes, the Mumbai attacks have a lot to do with this. But, he might have felt in his personal experience that he found Pakistanis more hospitable than Indians. So, as this is his personal opinion there’s nothing wrong with saying that. If I say I find the French more fashionable than the English, would you chastise me the same way?

    2) The Indian media spits invective against Pakistan on a regular basis…some of the reports on India TV especially were downright despicable. These types of reports create negative vibes in Pakistan. Whereas Pakistani channels weren’t dishing out hatred like that during the World Cup…aman ka chakka etc. Here, I must mention the Indian channel CNN-IBN, which was much much better than the likes of India TV. Anyway, a crude comparison during the WC would bring you to the conclusion that the Indian media was sensationalizing the match and was very negative in its approach – “kala patthar”, “khoon khwaar practice”, they even maligned Imran Khan when he was speaking about players reacting differently to pressure situations.

    3) He spoke about the difficulty faced by the two countries in trying to be friends. He mentioned that we’ve always fought, and that he thinks that there is a global superpower that finds it in its interest for us to keep on fighting. Those are again his personal political views. He attributed the difficulty of fostering a solid friendship to an instigator, not to Indians.

    4) ET, great job…posting sound bytes and inaccurate translations, and getting people to react emotionally. I suggest readers watch videos on Samaa, Dawn (where he made these statements)…and the video shot by Geo (I believe) right after he returned to Karachi, and his press conferences before the Mohali game. Watch them all together and come to your own conclusion about the context and his motivation for the comments. Recommend

  • javeria
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:16PM

    i guess indians should be ignored. not their fault they never accepted pakistan as a seperate state. and attacked pakistan every way they could. dude rona hai ro lo u’ll never b able to remove this border. please accept it. tum log pani band kar do hamara, ra k agents bhej lo, v’ll deal wid it.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:17PM

    actually my parents came from delhi

    where did yours come from?

    oh i forgot they got colonised. that hurts, so i understand if you feel bad. Sorry. Maybe now you know how the Kashmiris feel!Recommend

  • Pak cricket fan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:03PM

    Gambhir said he was “sure” the win against Pakistan would have helped those affected by the attacks
    Did this escape the Indians here?
    What I find really surprising (and frankly pretty OTT) is how everyone aka the Indian media and public have swallowed up both Gambhir’s statement and the hysterical role the Indian media played in portraying the Pakistani cricketers. Esp. Afridi.
    While searching press clippings, I am yet to find a SINGLE Indian article criticizing Gambhir’s politicized stance. Its a convenient slip but hey, it suits the image of Incredible India. Pakistani media, of course, is all too eager to throw one of their own to the dogs…its sad really.
    Afridi could have been more tactful sure…but once you’ve pushed a man to his limit, what do you want from him? A medal?
    Oh and note to all the Indians all over this, a small suggestion, why not go knock yourself out slamming your own press for IGNORING the Indian role in this?
    Winning the WC does NOT make you all important this side of the borderRecommend

  • Jagmohan, New Castle
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:05PM

    If one captain is forced to lose the semi final of world cup and then another team is forced to lose final just to make sure India is world champion…..then tell me what will be going inside minds of those captains….one of them had an outburst on tv and the other relinquished captaincy…
    I know this comment will not be printd as it is against liberal approach…but these are hard facts….world cup was sold to might of indian economy……ICC and all other nations are now hostage to this billion population juggernaut………
    I am an Indian but I am ashamed at the the way we have been gifted the World cup by helpless and forced captains of Sub continent…………I still love the 1983 jialas of India…they were clean and they were true victors…I can only relate to them..
    The current bunch of Indians is nothing but lucky to have been playing in an era when Indian economy is eating away everything by hook or crook……..!!!!Recommend

  • HAK
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:26PM

    For all Indian opportunists…Spare yourselves this opportunity to criticize Pakistan…Why do I see Indians everywhere on the web (blogs, youtube) condemning Pakistan…In reality you guys are just a xerox of Indian media spreading hatred on the internet. And this is just what Afridi said Indian media does (not the people mind you).
    Go thorough Afridi’s other interviews where he is wishing for Indo-Pak peace…At least go to the link Anonymous has posted above before ruining your time commenting baseless. Ever seen your media’s reports…’Superstitious ignorants” is what I call the Indian media!Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:37PM

    guys please watch afridi’s latest interview on samaa news beat, it is really commendable where he has spoken well of indian cricket team and would urge pakistan’s media never to speak bad about their playersRecommend

  • Henna Khan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:55PM

    It was Sikandar Bakht a “Pakistani” former Cricketer on a “Pakistani” Sportts Channel who suggested that now rather than giving examples and comparisons of Don Bradman its time that it should be given with referrence to Tendulkar…………

    @all Indians here………..
    God! You surely are obsessed with Pakistan…………. Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:59PM

    leave afridi alone, there is nothing wrong with what he is saying. indians have little hearts compared to pakistanisRecommend

  • Meerza
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:20AM


    all the mughals dont only have to be direct descendants of the LAST Mughal King. Starting right from Babur, all the Mughal emperors had more than one sons. So why do you need to be the direct descendant of “The Last” king to be a mughal? Where do you live??

    And i dont think anyone would like to be called the descendant of that last king. He was a pathetic loser. Keep his family/descendants to yourself


    How about worrying more about improving our education, healthcare etc. instead of indulging in wishful thinking. We dont want India, and India shouldnt want our land. Period.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:43AM

    So i suppose that Delhi was not part of British Empire!!! Ever heard term Delhi Durbar for King Emperor ???? Done any history home work, Have we???
    For your info my parents were from Gujarat !!! Do you know where it is ?? Yes Mahatma Gandhi is from our holy land !Recommend

  • khurram kaleem
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:44AM

    its not a matter who has a bigger heart but “Indian and pakistanis can never be the same”

    This is why we are seperate countries.seperate nation seperate civilization the argument goes on and on and on ……..

    Oh world give us 10 demoacratic years for Paksitan and we will leave india 100yrs behind……

    Dont worry afridi… we lost the match but the game is still on…Recommend

  • Xam Xaffa
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:55AM

    So What? Every Person Is Entitled To Their Own Opinion. And He Was Speaking From Experience After All. He Doesn’t Like Them, Do We Like Everybody?
    Glad He Said What He Wanted To. Not Everybody Should Be A Freaking Diplomat Around Here.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:10AM

    Yes agree with you , i know mughals had large families as they breed like rabbits !!
    But they had Honour !! which it seems to have to have diluted in their future generations and perhaps the DNA is also messed up with all the internal marriages too!!!
    Also do not forget at least they had the ability to rule and administer the region of size of sub continent, without modern technology or communications, right up to !707 AD at the end of Aurangzeb’s reign. So i do know my history and have travelled well to understand the mentality of these great generations !!!
    I live in London, and have done so all my life except early years in east Africa and my college years USA.Recommend

  • Sara
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:14AM

    People often ask, Why Pakistan came into being?
    Why we couldnt live together?
    Whats the TWO NATION THEORY?

    Well, after reading all above comments,

    I salute to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Iqbal, and Jinnah

    Who got the idea far ago and made the dream come true.

    There can never be a peaceful situation between India and Pakistan.

    Fire can be flamed the water, but Indian and Pakistan can never become friends,

    This is the conclusion, which i get by the above comments.

    Carry on……………………………. U all.Recommend

  • Sara
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:21AM

    There’s no doubt that Pakistani media is much more responsible, some times more than western media.
    And every time more than Indian media.

    Only at marriage of Shoaib and Sania, Pk media did some stupidity, which was not liked by Pk people.

    Only one channel in Pk creates hype and hue and cry, and people dont like that channel, specially the literate class,

    But what about Indian media?

    Rather than accepting their fault, the Indian nation started blaming others.

    If so, can the stupidity of others justifies ur one?



    What the hell is this?

    Is it positive media?**

    Group of stupids.

    Indian media can only sell Under wear and Banyans well, so they should do, what they can do well.
    Reporting is out of their strength, They should not try it.

    Sehat k liye HAANI KARIK ho sakti hey


  • Hafeez.Indian
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:52AM


    Kashmir is one of the State of India (Joined with India during 1947 – Documented evidences are available) and ruled by the State Government selected by State people which is an usual thing in our Sub continent. Even Hyderabad also joined in the same way with India and we don’t have any problems, Insa allah we are not near Pakistan.

    No. of people killed in Kashmir are (Your estimation is 100): Less than the people killed in Karachi due to Target Killings in this Quarter, Less than the people killed in Karachi due to Overnight violence in 2010, Less than people killed in Bomb blasts happened in last week.

    Prophet (PBUH) needs to come to educate you people who are Saitan’s Most Friendly Nation.

    Khudha Hafiz. Long Live India.Recommend

  • Poorva
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:58AM

    @Henna Khan:
    I think is Pakistan’s own guilt thats making them read too much into Gambhir’s statement. Regardless of who was responsible, the people of Mumbai were victims. It is the same as dedicating the cup to victims of an earthquake or Tsunami. It is a poor comparison.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 6, 2011 - 2:16AM

    As a Pakistani I am offended and ashamed if Afridi has said what is reported. He should lose his captiancy. Hindu christian Parsis and Sikhs in Pakistan also support Pakistan cricket team so its a very ignorant and stupid statement to make and is extremely dissapointing. It also shows the incompetance of the board yet again who have not groomed players enough in recent times as they get caught needless scandals like these. Players like Imran Khan, Ramiz Raja, Mudassar Nazar majid Khan etc seem like from a different era and were far more mature in handling media. Players should be instucted on what is appropriate and what is not. and there should be Zero tolerance for corruption or racism or bigotry. Afridi should be stripped of Captaincy.Recommend

  • Nitin
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:03AM

    Guys from both sides – can you stop it please !!! Another clear example of why a handful of British were able to rule over us for so long. We are just stupid emotional fools. You are treating as if Afridi’s comments are the gospel truth – they are merely opinions of one person – if you want to believe in it, then belive in it; and if you think it is BS, then throw it out of the window. Everytime the policy makers from the west see such dumb emotional tirades between Indians and pakistanis, they must be laughing their pants off – I am sure they would be thinking- there these idiots go again – let’s make money from their skirmishes and let them not prosper. Recommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 6, 2011 - 7:03AM

    @knock knock:
    Personally I find the Afghans more pure of heart than the Pakistanis. They are not cunning. When I say this, it wouldn’t bother you Pakistanis much. But if Dhoni said it on national TV you would mind.Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Apr 6, 2011 - 7:31AM

    @Pak cricket fan:

    Gambhir said he was “sure” the win against Pakistan would have helped those affected by the attacks

    Gambhir has simply said that he wanted to win the world cup for the 26/11 victims.

    Kindly prove me wrong.Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:14AM

    @Ali Salman:
    In response to the links posted by you, here is some stupidity from pakistani tv channels —

    Pak Floods caused by India
    26/11 Terrorists are actually Indians
    Former ISI General threatening to attack India
    Distortion of History (1971 war)
    Your media is no better than Indian media, so come down to earth. Also, the people making comments in Indian media are cheap journalists, not Cricket players (leave alone captain), Former Generals or Defense Analysts.

    As pointed out by Neeraj earlier, it is only in a country like Pakistan that a person can remain cricket captain after making such comments. If Dhoni had said something on the lines of “Indians/ Hindus are more largehearted than Pakistanis”, he would have been shunted out. For that matter any Indian player would be in trouble if he made such comments.

    Appreciate Pakistani media and public for not creating trouble for Afridi and his men after losing the semis. It had largely to do with nobody expecting the Pakistani team to actually win against India. Recommend

  • Reasoner
    Apr 6, 2011 - 9:20AM

    @mahwish: How can you subtantiate your statement ? …… Let the cricket be sports ….. please don’t make it a metter of ego ! Recommend

  • momi
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:16AM

    @sceptic ali: Yes, Muslims are better than any other, whether somebody likes it or not , it is part of our faith and belief. But it is said in the context that if you follow Islam properly (as told by the His Prophet and in Quran than your lives will be far superior and peaceful than the rest for you and people around you(may Allah forgive me for any misinterpretation)

    As for Mr. Afridi: That was very very pathetic and immoral statement, may Allah give him guidance.Recommend

  • F M
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:19AM

    well said AfridiRecommend

  • arvind
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:35AM

    Pakistanis are so large hearted …. one day they will gift POK to India.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Apr 6, 2011 - 11:10AM

    We know how responsible Pakistan media is. In a discussion on Kashmir one of the panelist was suggesting to use N- bombs as a preemptive strike. The other was lamenting the fact that when Pakistan’s Army shells villages on Indian side, Muslims are killed (the loss of human life following people other religion did not matter to him). Atleast our media is selling something for human consumption. Your electronic media sells only death.
    As far as Mr. Afridi is concerned, he is in confused state of mind. He is trying to please everyone Indians, Pakistanis, Jihadists, liberals and cosequently tying himself in knots.Recommend

  • Rayyan
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:29PM

    Well!!!!!! In my opinion Afridi is completely right…….
    Answer these Questions, if anyone dares…..
    1. Who brought down Babri Masjid to the Ground?
    2. Who burned the samjhota Express into ashes?
    3. Who killed thousands of Muslims in Ahmadabad?
    4. Who Killed and why , Heemat Kurkuray, a police officer investigating Mumbai attacks?
    5. Who threatened Pakistani Cricket team not to come to India or they will face some serious consequences?
    6. Who dug the Mumbai Cricket Ground???
    7. Why are you not making the Pakistani Players play in IPL???

    Is it Pakistanis or the Indians……Dont you think Shahid Afridi is right…….who doesnt?????
    if any one doesnt……then answer these questions…….
    What the Indian Media did when Afridi just stated that Tendulkar should dream about his hundred of hundreds…..what was wrong in that????? He proved it right……
    Afridi……a character to be followed///////Recommend

  • Rayyan
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:36PM

    Hey you the critiques of Afridi’s Comments……Answer these questions if Afridi is wrong…
    1. Who put down Babri Masjid into Ground?
    2. Who burned Samjhota Express into ashes?
    3. Who killed thousands of Muslims in Ahmadabad?
    4. Who killed Heemat Kurkuray, a police officer, investigating Mumbai Attacks?
    5. Why don’t you let Pakistani Players Play in IPL?
    6. Who threatened Pakistani team not to visit India or they will face some serious Consequences?
    7. Who dug the Mumbai Cricket Ground???

    Answer these questions and we will say that Afridi is wrong while stating these comments.
    AFRIDI……….a man of Character !!!!Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:45PM

    Afridi is a very poor loser! As are most Pakistanis here! Give credit where it is due! India won the World cup tournament fair and square, original or fake cup not withstanding! India also had Muslims in its team- ZAK and Yusuf, among others! Quit your conspiratorial theories and accept facts – including the one that says Pakis/Afridi are poor losers! Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:48PM

    BTW, who can forget what Pak did to its coach – Bob Woolmer! Tragic! And you preach to the world! Recommend

  • MAD
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:56PM


    Dude we dont watch that guy because of what he says. I use to watch him once. I kind of stopped whn he started to make a total fool of himself particularly after the Mumbai attacks.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:57PM

    @khurram kaleem:
    Lets see if we can conclude this argument once and for all !!!
    Ok agree that pakistanis have very big heart, and Indians infact have no heart !! They breath thru some artificial devices installed in their bodies!!!!! Happy !!
    You mention civilisation and culture, well one has to be a genius to derive at this, neither state in present form existed 70 years ago. In regards to religion, i suppose Pakistanis have exclusivity to pray to Allah, while their Indian counterparts Pay to some duplicated version of Allah !!! Nice to know this !!!!!
    Lastly you requested that world grant 10 years of democracy, to Pakistan and it will leave 100 years behind !!!! No probs !!
    You already had four years , so what have you achieved??? Perhaps your nation is like Thoroughbred stallion, who is faster in the last leg of race !!! Or perhaps it will fall and breaks its leg, then we all know what we do in that situation !! We put them down.
    So i wish you success in your illusions of economic recovery in next 6 years, and hopefully the Clergy will behave and not train more bombers to blow your own people up, The Army will also behave and not take over and your Politicians will promise not to dip their hands in the nation’s coffers !!!
    One last thing, its not really important, as there is still a matter of over $60 Billon loans to be repaid!! Lets forget the capital repayments, Just try to service the interest payments without borrowing further and that will be achievement !!!! Let alone leave any nation 100 years behind!!! Words don’t cost Money, Action does!!!!!!Recommend

  • Mohan
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:19PM

    @Zeeshan P.:
    You are Zeeshan Pandit right?You can dedicate your victory to those unfortunate soul who is getting decimated every day in your beloved country.By the way what is the score today.Recommend

  • Payyan
    Apr 6, 2011 - 2:22PM


    Hey you, answer my question first.

    What is the relevence of your questions in the context of the topic?

    Focus darling , focus……..persist and one day you might pass primary school.Recommend

  • MS
    Apr 6, 2011 - 2:54PM

    I totally agree with Afridi! Recommend

  • Walter Gonsalves
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:05PM


    Rayyan, well, if you understand the language of the ignorant, I shall stoop to answer:

    Babri Masjid is actually a temple. Excavation there showed remnants of a temple that predated the Babri structure, so, it was not a mosque in the first place. This fact has been accepted by the Supreme Court (in which one sitting judge was a Muslim) and accordingly allotted only 1/3rd of the land to Muslims, whereas 2/3rd of it has gone to the Hindus.
    The perpetrators of the Samjhauta Express are being tried in court. Unless a verdict is reached, how can one accuse anyone? At least that doesn’t happen in civilized, democratic counties like India. You talk about the Samjhauta Express but fail to mention that the Indian courts have sentenced to death the people who burnt the 50 karsevaks at Godhra. No points for guessing who they were!!!
    The answer to this point is based on the above. The burning to death of the karsevaks ignited the violence. If you start the riots, don’t expect others to bear it with a smiling face.
    Pakistan-sponsored terrorists like Kasab gunned him down. And it’s Hemant Karkare and not Kurkuray (learn to get your spellings right first!)
    The Shiv Sena did it because, according to them, the Pakistani cricket team represents the spirit and ethos of Pakistan – a nation that breeds and exports terrorism.

    Same as above
    IPL doesn’t think Pakistanis deserve to participate in this premier event especially after they saw them in the 1st edition. There are no buyers for losers dude!!! In any case, haven’t you started your own piddly PPL : why don’t you play your losers there? In any case, no one from the cricketing world wants to come to Pakistan to get killed, so the PPL will be unique – Pakistanis v/s Pakistanis!

    Hope I’ve answered your questions. Just one word of advice : instead of delving into other countries internal affairs, it shall be much better if you get your house in order.Recommend

  • mahwish
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:07PM

    lol!! thaTS the main thing!! first cheat then ask for inquiry commiteeee!!! hahhah
    & ron do icc and indians need permission from pakistan bfore match fixing when u people hav ur men inside icc(haroon lorgat)!!! Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:13PM

    BTW is “large heart” not the symtom of “weak heart” in medical terms?Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:33PM

    @ mango man… think before you speak.,, forget sore losers, but you are being a sore winner! jeetney pey bhi khush nahi ho seriously that is the extent of it all. ungrateful you are mango man!Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:35PM

    @ mango man, and what gives you the right to bring poor bob woolmer into question, life and death is in the hands of the almighty, may his soul rest in peace. shame on you.Recommend

  • M.Ali
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:42PM

    I must say put your effort and win the cup.So,its time for Indian so next time we will win Cup.It is only game not to take it personal guys………………………Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:17PM

    @ ms. opinionated!
    Deal with facts! Afridi talks about hospitality in Pak for cricketers, right! Here are some examples of Pak hospitality to jog your memory!
    – NZ left due to bomb attacks
    – The last tour by a foreign team (SL) to Pak got shot at and barely escaped with their lives. They were persuaded to visit Pak despite the NZ debacle, and this is how they were repaid!
    – No team wants to visit Pak for matches, and Afridi claims that your hospitality is 100 times better! Yeah, right, it will be! Any one visiting Pak will be sent straight to heaven!
    – Bob Woolmer paid with life for being Pak coach. Find a decent coach to run your team, who can live and go back alive! It is still a mystery on what happened. Pak used its diplomatic power to brow beata small West indian country. But, the aam aadmi knows! Pak cant fool al the people all the time! Bob did not give into match fixing and paid the price!
    – England took the trouble of inviting Pak for a test series in England – and how do your pay back the favor – fix matches – three blokes get caught with spot fixing, with fingers pointing to four others, and then what – Pak blames England of conspiracy and a flood of denials pour out!

    How lame can you get! Denials and conspiracy theories seem to dime a dozen in Pak!

    Given the above track record, it is hardly surprising that Afridi now finds fault with India after having lost the match and tournament, and found Arch-rivals turn world champs! It is even less surprising to find the response of Pakistanis cheering him for his/team’s failures.

    All I can suggest is to get real! You have facts to deal with! Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:46PM

    @ mango man,, you are making horrible generalizations on the people of pakistan based on conspiracies by a handful of people to distort our image. we pakistanis love cricket and want peace so you cannot hit at the whole nation and the people of pakistan. remember no country is made free of evil, every nation has ‘weaknesses, no government is free of corruption.and i have a problem with your way of generalized writing,. should you have noticed i wrote about you and not about your people. i’m not going to point out adversities in your nation because i am pakistani and i know better than that and i know it wont get us anywhere!

    p.s. as for the spot fixers, they were adequately punished! Recommend

  • Sara
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:49PM

    oh lets just forgive Afridi over that.. Can he think otherwise if Maulana Tariq Jamil taught that ‘momin ka dil is all noor, aur mushrik ka dil is all andhera’ .. so noone can stop Afridi from believing a muslim is all superior, since he is ‘the enlightened’ Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:53PM

    @ mango man. and as for bob woolmer (RIP), his own wife let go of him on grounds of his medical reports and condition so you should also not try create controversy. BW was loved./ respected by us and he was the most desi foreign coach we had.Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 6, 2011 - 5:30PM

    @ Ms.opinonated!
    You remain true to your name!
    Your response is hardly surprising, esp. once faced with facts! Denials and conspiracies, as ever!

    Next time you throw stones at others, do remember that you are living in a Glasshouse, with plenty of mirrors! Pl do care to look into them. Care to connect the dots and you will get the true picture about your own country! Recommend

  • Apr 6, 2011 - 5:35PM

    What a load of overblown stupidity! Afridi was addressing the deceitful and selfish Indian Media, not the people of India, some of which seem to be harboring resentments even after an epic victory against Pakistan!

    I personally found Gautam Gambhir’s comments regarding the defeat more offensive and echoing of Hindu supremacist sentiments. India should be ashamed of it, there have been so many incidents of mass murder of minorities, Samjhota Express, Gujrat, Babri Masjid, Kashmir, Golden Temple, those not familiar with the stories should familiarize themselves before accusing Afridi of being a religious supremacist!Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 6, 2011 - 5:45PM

    @Ms. opinionated!
    We won and we won well and I am proud of the Indian team for that! Never denied it for a moment!
    It is your dear Captain, Afridi, who has been whining and boasting of being “100 times better hosts”, et. al. Get your facts right again and turn those blinkers off!Recommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 6, 2011 - 6:20PM

    @ms. opinionated:
    You make a fair point. The trouble is we do tend to over generalize. I think our image of each other is based on stereotypes. But such comments by eminent personalities don’t help either. Blaming the media is neither here nor there. They are in the business of TRPs and such sensational sound-bites play right into their hands.Recommend

  • AG
    Apr 6, 2011 - 6:57PM

    @Henna Khan:
    What is wrong with the statement? What is wrong if he dedicates victory to the victims of the Mumbai massacre? Why should Shahid Afridi have any objections to that?Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 6, 2011 - 7:11PM

    @ mango man.., not only do you generalize, you assume too… when did i say anything about endorsing afridi’s point? i merely disagreed to the way you spoke and the uncalled for points you raised.. no one is denying india’s victory. if you r proud of the team then leave it at that and go celebrate instead of spreading maliciousness between people!
    @ oberoi. thank you for getting my point! i agree – afridi, the latest of harbajan n yuvraj i dont support that either, its not good for cricket and not good for the countries. we the people should let it go and move on and pardon them because people can make mistakes or say a little too much in defense/ offense. or else the gap between us will continue to widen… Recommend

  • vasan
    Apr 6, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Mutee Ur Rahman :
    “I personally found Gautam Gambhir’s comments regarding the defeat more offensive and echoing of Hindu supremacist sentiments. ”
    You may get offended by Gambhir’s remark . We cant stop that, What has that got to do with Hindu Supremacist sentiments. Gambhir didnt mention religion in his remark, Didnt u know that many muslims as well died in the Mumbai incident. And Gambhir dedicated the World cup win and not the result of the match with Pakistan.
    You are as much a religious bigot as Afridi. The faster you get it out of your system it is better for you and PakistanRecommend

  • sashaa
    Apr 6, 2011 - 7:22PM

    @ ms opinionated: well said to both !Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:35PM

    So you finally agree that Afridi is wrong once facts were presented. Please tel that to your countrymen! I have nothing personal against you or anyone. Dont get religion into sport!
    Please judge people based on facts and accept facts when presented. Denials and conspiracy theories will only work the illiterates on the street! Recommend

  • taufiq
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:01PM

    yeh afridi is right that’s why pakistan release raymond davis
    After All we r bade dilwaleRecommend

  • Meerza
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:26AM


    I am a Mughal myself and am very proud of my ancestors. Thank you for speaking positively about them. Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 7, 2011 - 2:02AM

    @ mango man, i dont support lala’s comparison between religions and people, but i agree a 100% with his comments on the india media, you can do the fact search on that if you want to to know why (black stone, rixkshaw) . anyways as for the facts you quoted, ofcourse they cant be denied, the poor sri lankans were part of an attack made by terrorists, NZ also fled, pakistans players were involved in spot fixing – something that the pakistan people also condemned., those things happened are undeniable, but facts are separate from the true pakistani’s nature and passion of cricket. i just did not appreciate you generalizing your statements. we should all work towards unity and try fix our attitudes from grass root levels. there should be more cricket between india and pakistan in friendly tournaments as it brings people together. playing after 4 yrs under tense circumstances and pressure games will not really solve the issue infact make it worse like now. there is india pakistan war of words going on from before and during and much after the game between people and cricketers… arghhh Recommend

  • Worthlessfakeer
    Apr 7, 2011 - 7:34AM

    Wow, Express Tribunes should change its name to IndiaTribune. You will get the Indians “recommend” their posts even more and there will be fewer Pakis visiting your site. Good riddance, right? Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 7, 2011 - 11:37AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Actually Shahid Afridi has lost his tempered and consciousness this is why he is giving such these types of ridiculous,rubbish and nonsensical statements and trying to mix up the game with political,burning and core issues between Pak-India.I here advise Shahid Afridi to have patience and tolerance and concentrate on West Indies tour and correct the mistakes done by Pakistani team in the semifinal against India so that Pakistani team could play confidently and well against West Indies without any psychological pressure.Now why cry over spilt milk.Cricket is a game and whoever shall play excellent and well and show best performance in bowling,batting and fielding shall win.That’s all Mr. Shahid Afridi.Don’t make this semifinal’s defeat the matter of life and death.Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 7, 2011 - 12:52PM

    @ ms.opinionated!
    Thanks for accepting facts! Now, lets practice what we preach, for a change!
    Why cant Pak/you also quit generalizing about India likewise!? If a TV channel were to go overboard about blackstone and such, what will you say about Hamid Zaid who spews venom at India! And he has large following in Pak, right!? What about all the mullahs and India baiters such as Hamid Gul! When did Pak become the beacon of Islam? I could open a can of worms if I were to broach the topic of Bangladesh genocide,
    What has Islam got to do with cricket or for that matter, a Pak Muslim cricketer claims to be superior than any one else? Did Afridi/author/few writers here, have a a memory lapse and forget about Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Patel or Hashim Amla, to name a few!
    It needs to be a two way street! This column is filled with Pakistanis generalizing/supporting Afridi, with very few exceptions! When paid back in the same coin, it hurts, right!!
    Given the past history of behavior, a pattern develops that leads to a generalized assessment. No wonder Pak is known to be a sore loser, from past history! Recommend

  • Hidayatullah Jan
    Apr 7, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Pakistan’s cricket icon Shahid Afridi has been rowing back and forth over his confused views about Indians and by implications, Hindus. he has tried to deny how he despairingly told a TV channel that Indian could never be as large-hearth as Pakistan’s Muslims. why did he have to say something about his post match comments in Mohali just a few days ago? did he not play the Wasim Akram led test match that Pakistan won in Chennai.when Indians stood up to heartily applauded the winners. in Mohali in spite of losing the coveted match which four of his fielders should be kept responsible for, Afridi has come out as winner with his dignity in defeat. then he proceeded to make a harsh of it back home with his wayward views about his neighbor’s cultural traits.
    so which Pakistani Muslim are generous and large-hearted in Mr. Afridi’s views? those who prostrated in submission at the Lahore shrine of Date Ganj Bakhsh or those that bombed it and killed scores of worshipers there?Recommend

  • anupam
    Apr 7, 2011 - 4:43PM

    The why uoy watch indian media.Recommend

  • anupam
    Apr 7, 2011 - 4:48PM

    @khalid: Every day in oakistan there is mass murder by suicide bombersRecommend

  • anupam
    Apr 7, 2011 - 4:49PM

    @Nazeem Barkat:
    100% agreeRecommend

  • Dr.Asad Sadick, Germany
    Apr 7, 2011 - 10:34PM

    How unfortunate! Afridi is mad. He has shown that we are bad losers. All was going well on and off the field and could have even opened the door for our cricketers to play the IPL. Now one can forget it for good.Recommend

  • Walter Gonsalves
    Apr 11, 2011 - 7:25AM


    Its very easy to tutor others about large-heartedness. Where was Muslim large-heartedness at the time of Danish cartoons and Koran burning episodes? Why don’t you also not react to these provocations and just move on? Its funny that people from a nation who has a skewed law called the Anti-blasphemy law enforced to commit atrocities on minorities, are lecturing others to be more tolerant. Muslims are the most intolerant race in the world as even apostasy is punishable by death, so I don’t see under what capacity you would want to preach tolerance to us. As the saying in English goes…..people in glass houses should not throw stones at others.Recommend

  • Hammad
    Apr 11, 2011 - 10:16PM

    when Gambhir said by beating Pakistan They Have Taken The revenge Of Mumbai Attacks No One debaate on that.May I Know why ? Isnt That a raciast comment or A direct Attack On Pakistan and Pakistanis ? Why AfridiRecommend

  • Mango Man
    Apr 12, 2011 - 9:55AM

    @ 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! Recommend

  • e
    Apr 12, 2011 - 7:39PM

    @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.Recommend

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