That why Shahid Afridi is loved all across the globe is very clear after a video recently surfaced on the internet and went viral. In the video, the former Pakistan skipper could be seen tirelessly posing for photos and signing autographs for his fans in Switzerland.
The maverick allrounder is currently in St Moritz for the St Moritz Ice Cricket. It was a two-day event where two teams – Badrutt’s Palace Diamonds XI and Royals XI played a couple of games on February 8 and 9. Virender Sehwag was leading the Diamonds while Afridi was captaining the Royals. The Royals clinched the series by winning both the games comfortably.
In the first match, the Diamonds scored 164/9 in 20 overs but the Royals reached 166/4 in 15.4 overs. In the second game, the Diamonds scored a mammoth 205 for 6 but the Royals chased down the total inside 17 overs.
The event then became further memorable for the fans when Afridi took to the sidelines to sign autographs and pose for photos. Hundreds of fans were standing on the sidelines for a glimpse of the Pakistan and the maverick allrounder did not disappoint them. And amidst all the signing and posing, one beautiful incident was witnessed. Among the hundreds of fans, there was one lady who was standing with the Indian flag.
Given the tension between India and Pakistan, one would have thought that Afridi would ignore him. However, to everyone’s surprise, Afridi obliged and even asked the girl to straighten up the flag.
Here is a clip of that incident:
Shahid Afridi wants Indian flag to be open while clicking a photo with fans in switzerland. pic.twitter.com/vq88m8htpB
— Nibraz Ramzan (@Nibrazcricket) February 9, 2018
Cricket on lake:
The match took place on a frozen lake with temperature around minus five Degrees Celsius. The likes of Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Akhtar, Jacques Kallis, Mike Hussey , Andrew Symonds and Mahela Jayawardene featured in the events.
Live from the lake! St. Moritz Ice Cricket! pic.twitter.com/8KrT05y8al
— St. Moritz (@stmoritz_ch) February 8, 2018
Cricket has been played on ice in Switzerland’s St Moritz for more than 25 years. However, this was the first time a series is being played.
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