Javed Miandad, Shahid Afridi
Javed Miandad expressed his unhappiness over Shahid Afridi talking about Kashmir. Image Courtesy: Getty

Former Pakistan skipper, Javed Miandad has advised the cricketers to avoid giving opinions on political issues to avoid controversies. His advice came after Shahid Afridi’s recent remarks on Kashmir, which raised a few eyebrows.

“I would say what Afridi said was not suitable and should have been avoided. It is best for cricketers to avoid giving statements on political and sensitive issues. Better they focus on cricket until they retire and decide to start a new career.” Javed Miandad told media in Karachi.

Meanwhile, veteran all-rounder, Shahid Afridi’s comments can be heard in a video that went viral on Wednesday. The former captain also said Kashmir issue had brought a lot of embarrassment to Pakistan, putting questions on the working of Imran Khan’s government.

Shahid Afridi, Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad expressed his unhappiness over players giving their views on political issues. Image Courtesy: Getty


“My comments are being misconstrued by Indian media! I’m passionate about my country and greatly value the struggles of Kashmiris. Humanity must prevail, and they should get their rights,” Afridi tweeted on his account.

Also, earlier in 2016, Shahid Afridi had suggested a lot of Kashmiri fans supported Pakistani cricketers.

In response to his comments, many of the Twitter users reminded the veteran cricketer that Pakistan had failed to deconstruct the terror sanctuaries. It, however, allowed global terrorists like 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to roam freely.

However, the 38-year-old tweeted recently, saying his comments should not be taken out of context.


“Kashmir is unresolved dispute and under brutal Indian occupation. It must be resolved as per UN resolution. Myself along with every Pakistani support Kashmiri freedom struggle. Kashmir belongs to Pakistan.”

In addition to, Shahid Afridi has not involved himself in controversy for the first time. Previously he had upset Javed Miandad when he commented on a match-fixing issue.

Moreover, Afridi recently played for Paktia Panthers in the Afghanistan Premier League (APL). The 38-year-old had led the team to reach to the semi-final of the APL.

Arijit Chatterjee

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