Danish Kaneria, former Pakistan leg-spinner, has slammed Shahid Afridi for his distasteful comments against India and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to the Pakistan occupied region of Kashmir.
Kaneria, who has been in the news in the past few months, where he has voiced his views against the discrimination he faced for being a Hindu in the Pakistani dressing-room during his playing days, suggested Afridi to quit cricket and joined Politics if he has spew such venomous comments against India.
“Shahid Afridi should think before speaking on any matter. If he wants to join politics then he should quit all ties with cricket. It is important to stay away from cricket if you are speaking like a politician. Speeches like these create a negative image of Pakistan cricket not only in India but also around the world,” Danish Kaneria was quoted as saying by India TV.
‘What sort of friendship is this?’ Danish Kaneria slams Shahid Afridi
Kaneria, Pakistan’s most-successful leg-spinner, also questioned Shahid Afridi’s friendship with Indian cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. Kaneria questioned that on what basis did he ask for help from Harbhajan and Yuvraj as he later went on to spew venom against the duo’s country and their Prime Minister.
“He appealed for help from them and after getting the help you end up saying things about their country and PM. What sort of friendship is this?” questioned the former spinner.
Last month, Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh had pledged support to Shahid Afridi’s COVID-19 fund post which the duo faced a backlash from their countrymen. Following Afridi’s distasteful comments, both Harbhajan and Yuvraj lambasted Shahid Afridi, declaring that their ‘friendship’ with Afridi was over and that they would never ever support him or anyone who spews venom against India.
“Even our Prime Minister has said that Coronavirus is a fight that extends beyond borders, religions and caste. So we were very clear with the cause that we were promoting, which was simply to help those in crisis. But this man (Afridi) is talking ill about our country. All I have to say is we have nothing to do with Shahid Afridi. He has no right to speak ill against our country and he should stay in his country and limits,” Harbhajan had said.
“Really disappointed by @SAfridiOfficial‘s comments on our Hon’b PM @narendramodi ji. As a responsible Indian who has played for the country, I will never accept such words. I made an appeal on your behest for the sake of humanity. But never again. Jai Hind ??” Yuvraj Singh wrote on Twitter.
Not only Harbhajan and Yuvraj, a plethora of Indian cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina had lambasted Afridi for his distasteful comments.