Afridi says anti-India comments 'out of context'

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Published: April 5, 2011
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Afridi says his statements were taken out of context. PHOTO : AFP

Afridi says his statements were taken out of context. PHOTO : AFP

NEW DEHLI: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said on Tuesday his derogatory remarks about Indians and the Indian media had been taken out of context as he sought to counter anger over the comments.

The World Cup skipper had praised Pakistan’s media for being “100 times better” than India’s in a Pakistani TV show aired on Sunday.

The comments shocked fans in India, who had praised his efforts during the World Cup to promote harmony between two estranged neighbours whose diplomatic relations are fraught with tension.

Pakistan lost to India in the competition’s semi-final in a much-hyped game that was attended by the leaders of both countries, in an event hailed as “cricket diplomacy”. India then beat Sri Lanka in Saturday’s final.

“I have enjoyed my cricket in India and I love Indian people,” Afridi told India’s NDTV channel in an interview aired on Tuesday.

“Don’t take my comments negatively. I have always got a lot of love and affection from Indian fans.

“And I request the media to play a more positive role and not waste time on such trivial issues.

“The media makes a big deal of small issues. It is shameful. I have always done my bit to improve Indo-Pak ties but sometimes you say something and it is interpreted the other way.

“I have been quoted out of context.”

In his TV comments on Sunday, which were aired at length and uninterrupted by Pakistani private channel Samaa, Afridi had said the approach of the Indian media was “very negative”.

“I believe their role has also been very dirty especially in terms of worsening ties between our two countries,” he said.

The remarks contrasted with his role during the World Cup leading up to India’s triumph in the final.

On the eve of the semi-final clash between the countries, he had said that cricket always “brings these two countries together” and described himself as an “ambassador for Pakistan”.

India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral cricket series on each other’s soil since the Mumbai attacks in 2008 which derailed their peace process.

New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based Islamist extremists for the attacks, which left 166 people dead.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since the subcontinent was partitioned in 1947.

 

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  • opinionated
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:50PM

    we believe you lala, i’m glad you gave your clarificationRecommend

  • NJ
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:54PM

    AFRIDI Bhai don’t try to be a politician, Play Good cricket and this is what we expect from you! We don’t want another Imran Khan plz! :)Recommend

  • Anoop M
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Let me be first to comment . Forget it and move on friends . I say to both sides of the divide . CheersRecommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:01PM

    Of course, your comments are “out of context” Mr.Lala ! Your speech on Samaa TV was aired on Indian TV and they know what the context was. Try another tack Lala. If you thought you were strong enough to make the statement, find the strength to stick to it. Not wriggle your way out. You are a hypocrite to ask why Pakistanis have this enmity with Indians on Indian TV channels and you come back home and show us exactly why.Recommend

  • G.K
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:18PM

    I had not expected such comments from Afridi and Goutam.Gov of respective countries should summon these cricketers and tell me not to be political …….Recommend

  • thomas
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:20PM

    what is out of contest..afridi clearly told ..muslim and pakisatani have bigger heart ..y lying now..
    and about gambhirs coments..
    whats wrong in dedicating a match to a fellow country man who lost life unnatural way ?
    he never spoke single word agaisnt teror attacker or attackers relegiun or attackers country ?
    so y it hurt afridi ?
    secondly its not against match againt pakistan ..its match agaisnt srilanka..

    when ameracan sports stars win gold medal ..they usually dedicate it to victims of world trade cnetre..not god…its their right ..
    even pakistan also targetted by so many teror attack..unfortunately afridi never didicated 20/twenty chimpionship to those innocents..may be he got no love fro them
    as a indian and one of old fan of afridi..i m disapointed..
    we have i respect on imran ,akram etc..
    i never saw people on basis of relegiun..but now..enoiugh is enoiugh.Recommend

  • Mohammed Saad Fayyaz
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:24PM

    I find it verty interesting how people love to make comments about Afridi when he was quited as saying that Indians are tude and so on and so forth, what do people have to say now? Recommend

  • Amer
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:35PM

    Media in both countries is a piece of crap. I said that last time on the news clips that ET put up and I would say it again, all you have given are sound bites and nothing else. Recommend

  • Truth
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:40PM

    Not india and indian people needed a large heart ,its the pakistan and pakistanis who need a large heart. Quit flip flopping for your benefits.Recommend

  • A.S.Zara
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:44PM

    Hatred between the people of India and Pakistan, is created by the dirty tricks of Politicians,of both sides, to serve their own ends.

    Anywhere in the world Indians and Pakistanis meet each other like brothers.Their families meet each other like relatives.

    We are all residents of the subcontinent.

    Long live Brotherly Relations of Indo-Pak

    ASZRecommend

  • Subhash
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:47PM

    When you have somebody like Afridi,you do’nt need any terrorist to spoil the good works of both the PMs.What Afridi achieved by making such unnecessary comment is a mystery for me.Recommend

  • Karachi citizen
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:18PM

    Afridi had said nothing wrong about indian people ,he just blamed indian media which is absolutely right.Why indian people thinks so negative about us.?its just because of indian media.Recommend

  • Nadda
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:26PM

    Afridi shouldnt have said that to the media but considering the Indian spectators booing of Pak team, am surprised nothing was mentioned by ANY of the media regarding this issue. It shows bad sportsman spirit. Unlike Pakistani supporters who enjoy good cricket & support the guest teams as well, the same cant be said for the Indian cricket fans. Personally, as a cricket lover, I felt it was disgraceful & disrespectful. It doesnt earn Indians much love or diplomatic points here..Recommend

  • Faraz
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:27PM

    @J.Oberoi – Cricket World Champion: He did not “ask why Pakistanis have this enmity with Indians on Indian TV ” as he did so on “Pakistan T.V” after he got back. Maybe that will clear things up for you and others reading this. Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Here he go again just like rehman malik… Afridi has become politian… He is talking without thinkng… Pathetic… eating ball and then puking.. leave him alone he is not Imran khan… Recommend

  • Sardar Khan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:57PM

    Afridi is a juvenile in terms of politics and we can forgive him for this but the real culprit is the anchor person who trapped him into saying these unsavoury things. The lady anchor persons on SAMA TV are full of hypocricy and doublestandards. Remember this same lady, this ideologue went on a FREE hajj to Makkah thanks to Rehman Malik who bribed her and other journalists with a free hajj!!! Shame on such anchors!Recommend

  • John
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Well, Afridi should stick to cricket. He is neither qualified to answer about Indian media of which he knows nothing about and nor is he intelligent enough to answer a question.

    One thing for sure. Indian media is not right wing religious nut cases as PAK media. After listening to Afridi’s comment in Pak media, it is clear he prefers religious right wing media. Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:05PM

    @J.Oberoi – Cricket World Champion:
    I fully agree with your comments. I would like to add that, Afridi after his cricketing career has a bright future ahead as a politician.Recommend

  • Amer
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:11PM

    @Indians: It shows how easily you guys get angry with others when they say something that’s even slightly against you or your way of thinking etc. When Afridi congratulated the Indian team and nation, he was your hero, when he said something (taken out of context by media) that you didn’t like, he is your enemy now. Such little egos!! LOLRecommend

  • Manoj
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:16PM

    @G.K:

    do not equate Gautum to Afridi. Read the statement of gautum and then draw the conclusion.Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:56PM

    @Amer:
    Indians can understand mistakes and we try to correct them we don’t want others to tell us what is wrong and what is right. That is because we are proud of history of 5000 years. that is because we are inclusive. that is because we are getting stronger and stronger day by day, that is because there is huge positive approach. 1.21billion people with so much of diversity living together is miracle of planet earth. That’s the Incredible India. Ofcourse we are the proud Indians. Recommend

  • Noshervan
    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:33PM

    Afridi should avoid to give political statements.may be his intentions are just like Wasim Akram to settle in india after retirement.
    Pakistan and India could not be friends.his responsibility is to play cricket and try to unite his team.Afridi if you cannot unite one team how can you unite two countries. Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:34PM

    I ask you who was Bhutto(ZAB)?? Do u know who he was?? He was a rajput!! Did they taught you about rajputs.. The answer is No. Do you know your correct history the answer is NO.. My forefathers were hindus. Yes I am converted to christinity.. But I never ever insult my forefather’s religion. That’s what we were taught in India. Never insult any religion. No wonder Indian Muslims call you as “The seperatists”. My 1st identity in always an Indian and I am proud of it. Recommend

  • Babloo
    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:40PM

    I fail to understand why Afridi or any one should take any exception to Gambhir’s dedication of the cup to Mumbai victims of the gruesome 26/11 attack that among its victims wiped out the family, including 2 children, of the Taj hotel manager. The Indian team was staying in Taj , the match was being played in Mumbai and Gambhir is absolutely within his rights to dedicate it. Not only that, neither is his dedication out of context.
    Now as far as I know
    1. Afridi is not involved in Mumbai attack.
    2. 99% of Pakistanis are not involved in the attack
    3. All Pakistanis claim that they are against terrorist attacks, irrespective of country of origin
    4. The civilian government condemns it and
    5. Pak army and ISI ( severel of whose officers who have been implicated in the planning of the attack ) also claim they are not involved and some ‘non official stars and actors’ , who did it.
    6. Pak government itself claims that it has 7 Pakistanis in its custody , including LeT commander Zarar shah, whom its allegedly prosecuting for the attack.

    So why un necessarily make an issue of Gambhirs dedication and embaress yourself and other Pakistanis ? Its just inexplicable idiocy.

    Will Afridi also take exception when some one dedicates something to 9/11 attack victims in New York, just because the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad is of Pakistani origin ? Will Afridi take exception if someone dedicates something to victims of numerous shrine attacks in Pakistan ?

    The denial and defense offered by Afridi is equally if not more disturbing than his original statements.Recommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 5, 2011 - 7:55PM

    @Faraz:
    He said the same thing in an Indian channel before leaving for the airport.Recommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:01PM

    Watch this video to see how Afridi is lying on live Indian TV.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKkBjk7E5u4Recommend

  • Faraz
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:02PM

    @Nadda:

    Lets not forget their booing the Sri lankans at the world cup finals.Recommend

  • Hope QAU
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:16PM

    b focused on cricket, afridi.your team played tremendously well.Recommend

  • India needs you
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:35PM
  • bvindh
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:39PM

    Afridi is someone who doesn’t know the difference between cricket ball and lunch. Whatever he says should be understood/analyzed in that context.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:43PM

    Indian crowds and media are nasty. Afridi was speaking the truth.Recommend

  • blacksheep
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:48PM

    Why are Indians so obsessed with Pakistan? Leave us alone! and a word of advice, stop living in bollywood fairy tales…Recommend

  • pakistani
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:05PM

    thank you anoop. forget this and move on please. we dont want to go back to square one Recommend

  • Ajit
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:21PM

    Translation : please take me into your IPL, I don’t want to miss on a few crores ..please….Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:41PM

    guys get over it, watch the latest interview by him on tonights news beat of samaa. it should clear the air.
    ANOOP; well said, i think you are the only sane one around! others should learn from you and should be less defensiveRecommend

  • sundar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:27PM

    Trying to mount two horses at the same time Afridi . Never works. I had lot of respect for you before you open your big nasty mouth and ruined everything. Recommend

  • Dr Mishra
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:46AM

    They say once you tell a lie or make a mistake, then to cover up for it you start telling more lies or making more mistakes !!
    I actually praised Shahid on various blogs. after his gracious words in Mohali. Then the ungrateful uncouth had to open his mouth and spoil it all for us. I had actually posted on my facebook that now ppl should forget 2611 and allow Pak cricketers back in IPL. Not anymore.
    The fool attacked Gautam Gambhir for dedicating the win to 2611 survivors- bizarre- I saw it as a noble gesture on part of Gambhir. Now watch this clip of Shahid Afridi, can anyone please help him extricate his foot from his mouth- really, extreme yoga must not be practiced by the uninitiated !!
    http://sports.ndtv.com/world-cup-2011/videos/?video_id=195596&cat=worldcup2011
    TRANSLATION- sorry Indians, I had forgotten about the IPL millions !
    A saddened Dr Mishra, India and UKRecommend

  • Krishna
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:11AM

    @Faraz: Indian fans were very supportive of Sri Lanka. You can hear the cheers for Sangakkara, Jayawardane and Malinga when they were called during the presentation ceremonies. Indians do not hate Pakistani’s. During my entire schooling, I never had a textbook, or teacher say anything negative about Pakistan or muslims.Recommend

  • Hafeez.Indian
    Apr 6, 2011 - 1:11AM

    Salam Alaikkum Afridi Bhai,
    Please have a checkup with a Psychiatrist. Khudha Hafiz.
    With Love – Your Small Hearted Ex-Indian FanRecommend

  • Ducky
    Apr 6, 2011 - 2:43AM

    I’m glad he clarified. But he needs to keep his mouth shut in the future when it comes to politics. What he said before was so out of taste, my respect for him slipped down a few notches down to where it was before the WC started. And that hurt.Recommend

  • ms. opinionated
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:11AM

    Guys remember that if our politicians and higher ups can make huge muck ups and blunders, say wrong at times do wrong too, we should not go overboard in criticizing a fellow like Afridi. poor guy got carried away and said a little too much in justifying his position and performance and appreciating the people of Pakistan. everyone makes mistakes and are liable to err at times especially in such a high pressure game like the semi finals that too against india. remember, he is only a cricketer. and he has had a good repute and displayed good character for over a while so this should be pardoned.
    furthermore, i think that the indians (not media) but the people should not over react to such a statement, if afridi calls you not as big hearted as pakistani’s -mind you that does not mean you are small hearted- please understand the difference, it doesnt make it true! why are you guys getting bitter and defensive as if it is his view that is going to classify you to the entire world?? take a chill pill and deep breath and move on… however i must add that the indian media has fueled fire and i will stand by afridi on that (you guys know about the whole black stone ordeal and naming the match as perpetual war!!!) other than that i would urge all fellow Indians to let it go and depict your big hearted-ness!Recommend

  • mawali
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:19AM

    Indians deserve every little bit of the comments Afridi made.! Recommend

  • anonymous
    Apr 6, 2011 - 5:30AM

    I’m sorry, but Afridi’s comments don’t rectify the huge mistake he made. He responded angrily at gambhir’s dedication of the win to the 166 people who lost their lives because of cold-blooded murder. Gambhir didnt blame Pakistan or Afridi or anyone. I don’t know what is so political about that. Thats not politics, thats just humanity and it was a very poignant thing to say, considering the final was in Mumbai, the city that collectively had to face this tragedy.

    Besides, how can Afridi generalize a whole people as small-hearted? Thats absolutely ridiculous. He claims these ‘small hearted’ Indians are the reason that India and Pakistan don’t have good relations. I disagree. I think it is people like Afridi who are bigoted and narrow-minded who are the reason that the relations between the two countries are sour. And, finally, if he was indeed blessed with such a ginormous heart then maybe he should have the decency to say the yeah, well done Gambhir, the people who suffered that tragedy in 2008 do deserve this WC victory dedicated to them.

    And I also think that he should grow a spine and apologise for his mistake instead of blaming the media. I agree that the media can exacerbate a situation but that is not endemic to India, that is indeed a worldwide phenomenon.

    These statements by Afridi are so inexplicable! India-Pakistan relations were actually getting better and there was actually a great deal of genuine respect for Afridi and the team for the way they played. As a cricketer, and that too one with a leadership role, he has so much influence in the subcontinent. Well done, Afridi, for using your influential role to be divisive and create even more prejudice!! What a jackass!Recommend

  • J.Oberoi - Cricket World Champion
    Apr 6, 2011 - 7:08AM

    @Ajit:
    Lala now has as much chance as playing in the IPL as Mullah Omar. His interview on NDTV yesterday fooled nobody. He just made it worse by proving that he is a compulsive liar with little integrity. Recommend

  • ani
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:11AM

    These remarks of hate are always “out of context” whether in English or in Arabic / Urdu. Perhaps bigotry is justified and “in context”.

    This is what you get when you are taught to hate and feel superior. Recommend

  • sameer
    Apr 6, 2011 - 9:05AM

    Babloo, we do not have problem with Gambir dedicating to Mumbai victim.But that is not the whole story. In fact Gambir said victory over Pakistan would probably assuage victim painRecommend

  • arvind
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Of course Pakistanis have a large heart. How else they could have gifted the semi final to India by dropping so many catches !Recommend

  • MHJ
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:43AM

    I think not only indian media but all of the indians have negative approach of thinking. Conclusion of reading the comments!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:49AM

    Afridi said nothing wring, it was indian media that was literally way too pathetic. He did the right thing and in the best way. I saw one indian channel and it was totally biased and anti-common sense.

    I believe that Afridi was pushed to the wall by the media to comment one day or later. Unfortunately nowadays ur private conversations are also shown as breaking news :p where you are more casual… Recommend

  • Raj
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Eat Apples..Recommend

  • Nazeem Barkat
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:12PM

    @Karachi citizen:

    Its so funny that you have the audacity to blame the Indian media, while yours is almost-non existent. Years of dictatorial rule has ensured zero freedom of press and without democracy you have no right of speaking against the powers that be. If you think you have a strong press and freedom, where was it during the military rule of General Zia? All you cowards didn’t do anything about it and just kept bearing the brunt. Learn from the Egyptians and Libyans who at least have had the courage to rebel against dictatorial regimes and not like you people who can only blame others. Your problem is that as Indians, we have treated you with magnanimity that you ill-deserve. We invite your musicians, artists, cricketers, TV artists, etc. who walk away with tons of money. After experiencing Indian hospitality, people like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, try to vamoose with unaccountable sums of money, get caught by the Indian authorities and then claim innocence because they weren’t aware of Indian laws! Ditto for Afridi – after experiencing Indian affection, he goes to Pakistan and spits venom. That’s essentially the character of Pakistanis – turncoats and ungrateful wretches!Recommend

  • Anoop M
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:39PM

    @ms.Opinionated. I agree totally . Probably , he got carried away during that interview . That brings another factor . The Anchor of the show . She is the one inciting him for a pre-clapped version of what she wanted to hear . He only obliged forgeting that in this information led times , his comments will go all over not just domestic home consumption . As Afridi has clarified ( an apology would have been better ) , close it and move on . BTW , I also agree that many C grade channels in India have been totally irresponsible , when it comes to all matters concerning Pakistan . None of my compatriots have commented on the Black stone magic story . That was equally disgraceful .Recommend

  • Apr 6, 2011 - 1:57PM

    I think Afridi has no idea of the celebrity status he enjoys in India – very few pakistanis make that grade. Otherwise Indians should have objected to former batsman Basit Ali’s comments on 2nd april after the finals that the match was completely fixed. The Lankans played below par because they have been purchased by IPL franchises (In fact the opposite should have happened). He added that This is was what India has been planning all along. Of course the very poker faced Basit Ali did not extend the same analysis to the India-Pak semi finals – that in his view is a fair match and one that Pakistan lost due to ineptitude. Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 6, 2011 - 2:27PM

    I believe time has come that people of both countries thinks positively,one thing is true that media needs news and specially indian media for pakistani players are usually volatile.
    Afridi should be carful in future, as an ambassadar u have to be cool and calm and show your leadership skills upto very high level.
    India should start playing cricket with pakistan, world is earning money thru indian cricket,IPL and do not forgot ICC,this options should be provided to our cricketers also.Recommend

  • SilyPoint
    Apr 6, 2011 - 2:44PM

    Those who have heard the interview would know what was asked to him….He was asked to show his reaction on Gambhir saying “We have taken the revenge of Mumbai by beating Pakistan” its on the record…Its definitely a stupid statement if Gambhir did said that..and then as a reaction on that particular statement he went on to say that its a stupid statement and Indians are not as big hearted as Pakistanis.

    Its such a shame that Indian media in a bid to make headlines only tell half the truth. Although he is a cricketer and shouldn’t be passing such statement but lets face it this is the bitter reality. Even Pervaiz Musharaf had said it previously that “India is a big nation with a small heart”Recommend

  • Dr Mishra
    Apr 6, 2011 - 3:00PM

    @miss opinionated and Anoop- well said. Indians should show their big heartedness and move on.
    Pakistani players should sue Afridi for lost earnings as it was almost a done deed that after the intial gracious comments by Afridi, almost certainly Pak players would have been invited back to IPL.
    Silly man, talk of going from hero to zero in 24 hours. Ialso rue the loss of momentum in the peace processRecommend

  • Arfidi Fan from India
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Dear Lala,

    Indian Media is really doing it’s job , you said indian media is negative, and YES it really is.
    Media is succesfull in its mission, see both sides are spitting venom on each other.

    Now its a paradox, how could media which is negative will do a something positive by quoting you in right context.

    It’s media V/S Lala, and i will go with lala. I am sure you are quoted out of context.

    Your Fan from India.Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Afridi spoke the truth so whats wrong with that? these crazy indians are funnyRecommend

  • sashaa
    Apr 6, 2011 - 4:17PM

    oops just as we speak to bring peace, yuvraj n harbajan have added to the drama in their latest reviews… man this is going to be a long showdown… Recommend

  • shaanu
    Apr 6, 2011 - 6:40PM

    afraidi lost his ballsRecommend

  • Babar
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:20PM

    I guess its okay for an Indian to criticise Indian media but not for a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Ducky
    Apr 6, 2011 - 8:22PM

    This is really really bad.Recommend

  • Apr 6, 2011 - 9:23PM

    There’s nothing wrong in dedicating the win to the Mumbai victims because even Sachin had done the same in the past. Being a Marathi speaking woman whose father was from Mumbai I felt touched by his gesture. It meant that the victims’ memories are still fresh and they are remembered. He was in Mumbai. So he did it. There’s nothing political about it. For example Rahul Gandhi was in Mumbai then and he and his friends wanted to meet Salmaan Khan so he went to his [Salmaan’s] residence at 0200 am and had dinner with him. And as far as Afridi’s matter is concerned I think he talks under pressure and we should forget it. Pakistan will progress [after all who does not want a strong and prosperous Pakistan] only and only if all intellectuals sit together and decide what the best course of action is ? I am glad express Tribune is helping people to voice their opinion. The politicians benefit when we fight. The west also benefits because we will buy their arms!Recommend

  • Jagmohan, New Castle
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:21PM

    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

  • Roflcopter
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:23PM

    lol @ “anti india comments”. geeezz all afridi did was speak the truthRecommend

  • Ammar
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:32AM

    India, Pakistan you are better than that. Please!Recommend

  • rahul
    Apr 7, 2011 - 4:04PM

    he realize late that it can hamper his IPL chancesRecommend

  • Abhi
    Apr 8, 2011 - 2:48PM

    @Faraz:
    You were not watchin the match because Jaywardene got an applause from crowd on his 100 and in the post match presentation ceremony u did not hear the roar of applause for Srilankans , especially Murli and Sanga !Recommend

  • Ravish Saxena
    Apr 9, 2011 - 11:14AM

    @Jagmohan, New Castle:

    You are neither Jagmohan (maybe you have taken a liking to the ex-chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir) nor from Newcastle (as Newcastle is spelt as Newcastle and not New Castle). Its one of you illiterate Pakistanis masquerading as a UK-based Hindu. If both the captains that you are showering sympathy on are really agitated because they were “forced to lose”, why didn’t they tell this to the media before the matches started. Secondly, what does “forced to lose” exactly mean? It means, if at all it happened, that they accepted money to tank the matches and if that’s so, its shameful on the part of M/s. Afridi & Sangakkara. Playing a WC match for your country is the ultimate high – no one can “force” anyone to lose matches and in process his country’s honour and dignity. So, what you are saying, Mr. “fake” Jagmohan is a load of bull. Recommend

  • Ravish Saxena
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:43PM

    @sashaa:

    Then what was Afridi doing when he showered praise on India when he was at Mohali? This whole thing goes to show what a coward he actually is. On Indian soil he praises the Indians and the moment he touches home shores, the knives against the Indians are out. If he was bold and “just expressing his views” as most you Pakistanis seem to suggest, what prevented him from doing so when in Mohali? You should actually be ashamed of supporting your captain who’s a coward. Lala should be renamed as Darpok or Qayar.Recommend

  • freeha
    Apr 9, 2011 - 8:32PM

    @To all Indians …….thanks for proving that Afridi was right about Indians.Recommend

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