Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has launched a scathing attack on the BCCI, challenging them to send the Indian team to Pakistan, where he claims Pakistanis will demonstrate the ideal way to welcome visitors.
The recent buzz has revolved around what the PCB described as “inappropriate conduct by spectators” at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during last Saturday’s IND vs. PAK match. Pakistan captain Babar Azam faced jeers from the massive 130,000-strong crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium during the toss and while at bat.
Some fans even directed Jai Shree Ram chants towards Mohammad Rizwan as he left the field after being dismissed. There were reports that fans taunted Hasan Ali by throwing paper airplanes at him while he was fielding at the boundary.
Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur expressed his frustration during a post-match press conference, likening the match to a “BCCI event” and complaining about the DJ not playing the “Dil Dil Pakistan” song. The PCB subsequently filed an official complaint with the ICC, citing the ICC’s anti-discrimination policy for international cricket.
In a viral video circulating on social media, Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistani captain, suggests that the BCCI should send the Indian team to Pakistan for matches. He believes that Pakistani fans will treat them hospitably and set an example of how to be gracious hosts. Shahid Afridi also highlighted that it was the BCCI and the Indian government that opposed sending the Indian cricket team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, which eventually had to be held as a hybrid event in collaboration with Sri Lanka.
“Who was denying to play Asia Cup in Pakistan? India – India didn’t want to come to Pakistan. Aap India ki team ko bhejiye to sahi, hum unhein Sar ankhon par rakhenge (You send the Indian team to Pakistan, and we will offer them the best-ever treatment,”
Shahid Afridi said.