Harbhajan Singh's wife explains why he backed Shahid Afridi's fight against coronavirus

Earlier, many called out the Indian cricketer for supporting a Pakistani charity

AFP/Entertainment Desk April 13, 2020
Earlier this month, Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh created quite a by backing former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi's foundation in its fight against coronavirus.

The duo had urged people to contribute in a video message and called on other cricketers in the two countries to make similar appeals. But they were called out for offering their help to Pakistanis.

To this, Yuvraj wrote on Twitter, “I really don’t understand how a message to help the most vulnerable gets blown out of proportion! All I tried to achieve was to help people in our respective countries by providing healthcare. My intention was not to hurt anyone’s feelings.”

However, Harbhajan, kept mum on the matter. Now, the bowler's wife, Indian actor Geeta Basra, has spoken up on why the former decided to not respond.

“Harbhajan knows what his country means to him and doesn’t want to explain an act of humanity. He lives for India and will die for India. His country will always come first. Whenever he has played cricket, he did it with his heart. And everyone knows what India means to him," Geeta shared with Hindustan Times. "This goodwill gesture was to help Afridi, with whom they have played cricket and have years of friendship. Afridi is doing his bit for his country. They tried spreading the word to their fans all over the world, inspiring more people to support his good work.”

The 36-year-old added, “Let’s not bring religion or anything else into this. Even the virus isn’t making any discrimination. They would’ve done the same if anyone from any of the other teams like West Indies or England would’ve sought help."

Previously, Shahid said Yuvraj and Harbhajan have always been 'huge pillars of support' and that their bond shows how 'love and peace' can 'transgress borders' during the time of crisis.

"Thank you for all your support. Both yourself and my brother @harbhajan_singh are huge pillars of support; this bond we have shows love and peace transgresses borders when it comes to humanity especially. Best wishes to you with your noble endeavours with @YOUWECAN," he wrote on social media.

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