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ICC World T20 2016: Shahid Afridi Criticized Over Pro-India Comments, Legal Notice Served


India and Pakistan have been two nations which have shared several years of rivalry, when it comes to international  matters or when it comes to sports.

Every time India and Pakistan face off each other in a cricket ground, or in any sport for that matter, both the nations are hooked on to their TV sets cheering for their side.

ICC World T20 2016 Shahid Afridi Criticized Over Pro-India Comments, Legal Notice Served

However, over the last few years, there have been many international incidents which have led to tension between the two countries, and the matches between the two sides have been reduced.

In these tough times, people are resorting to sports to bring peace between the two countries saying ‘divided by terrorism and boundaries, but united by the love of cricket’.

Pakistan skipper ShahidAfridi recently said in a press statement, “I’ve not enjoyed playing anywhere as much as I have in India. I am in the last stage of my career and I can say that the love I have got in India is something that I will always remember.

We have not got this much love even from Pakistan. There are cricket-loving people here, much like in Pakistan. Overall, I’ve enjoyed a lot playing in India in my cricketing career”.

However, this statement is about to cost dear to Afridi in his own country, as a senior lawyer has now served legal notice against the man. The charges against Afridi are ‘committing treason’ and ‘hurting sentiments’ because he said he was loved more in India than in Pakistan.

“Afridi has let down the whole Pakistani nation for expressing more love for India than Pakistan. In fact he has committed treason. Now who will ensure that Pakistani team will play against India in Kolkata in T20 match to win,” said AzharSaddique, the man who filed this complaint.

He further said that Afridi is neither an ambassador nor a diplomat, so he should not have made such comments to the Indian media. He further went ahead and accused the head of Pakistan Cricket Board, NajamSethi, stating “Sethi always advocates the Indian cause”. Notices have been sent to both, Afridi as well as Sethi.

The case is likely to be dismissed without any punishments to either party.Saddiquefurther commented on the statements made by Afridi, calling them ‘insensitive’ and saying that this has not just hurt the Paksitani sentiment but also made his life vulnerable.