ICC World T20: Javed Miandad lashes out at Shahid Afridi for his ‘India love’

Javed Miandad said Pakistan had gone to India to play in the World T20 but it didn't mean that the players should pander to the hosts.

By: PTI | Karachi | Updated: March 15, 2016 2:53 pm
ICC World T20, WT20, WT20 India, WT20 live, Shahid Afridi, Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Malik, Javed Miandad, Miandad, Pakistan Cricket, Pak Cricket, Pak, Pakistan, Cricket news, Cricket updates, Cricket Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik had praised India after landing there for the World Twenty20. (Source: PTI)

“Shocked and hurt” by Shahid Afridi’s comments that Pakistan’s cricketers were loved more by Indians than the fans here, former captain Javed Miandad has said that players making such statements should be “ashamed” of themselves.

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“These cricketers should be ashamed of themselves for saying such a thing. Shame on you,” Miandad said on the ‘Aaj TV’ channel.

Afridi and senior player Shoaib Malik had praised India after landing there for the World Twenty20, insisting that they have never felt threatened in the country even though their departure was delayed due to security concerns.

READ: In India, Afridi at home away from home

“We have always enjoyed playing in India and have been loved by Indian crowds more than crowds back home in Pakistan,” Afridi had said.

Miandad said Pakistan had gone to India to play in the World T20 but it didn’t mean that the players should pander to the hosts.

“What have the Indians given us? Speak the truth even while in India. For the last five years what have they given us or done with Pakistan cricket. Having served Pakistan cricket for so many years I am shocked and hurt to hear such comments from our players,” Miandad said.

The veteran of 124 Tests said the Pakistan cricket authorities must look into this matter and there should be a proper media classes for the players when they go abroad.

“The job of this team is to go and play well in India not make such unnecessary comments,” he said.

Pakistan’s former Test opener and chief coach Mohsin Khan also expressed his surprise over the comments from Afridi and Malik.

“They are senior players and should be careful while speaking to the media specially while touring India,” Khan said.

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    D. Srinivasan
    Mar 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm
    Even if Miandad felt so, he should have not viewed his views in open now, should have waited for the finish of the tournament and when Afridi is back in Pak, he should have blasted; shows his immaturity and arrogance, nothing else.
    1. G
      Mar 14, 2016 at 11:48 am
      If any cricket player in stan love playing in India or any Indian player love playing in stan is not a big issue and we should not bring politics in between !
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        John Lewis
        Mar 14, 2016 at 7:20 pm
        Silly comment by an immature man....while relationship between both countries should improve, no need to bend over backwards to gain sympathy. .dia fans torch stadiums when they lose and BCCI bans stani players from IPL-let that not be forgotten!
        1. S
          Mar 15, 2016 at 1:19 am
          Do not make a political issue out of it......Shahid Afridi can be hated or loved , but not ignored!! Sportsmen, have no borders.
          1. K
            kulaputra kulaputra
            Mar 15, 2016 at 12:27 am
            Javed Miandad is a sambandhi of Dawood Ibrahim. We really expect him to love India with all his heart ?
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              Krishan Tuli
              Mar 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm
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                Pradipta Pal
                Mar 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm
                Afridi and Malik spoke the truth.What's wrong about it??
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                  Pulkit Matta
                  Mar 15, 2016 at 3:57 am
                  I do not agree with Mr Javed Miandad when something good is happening someone has to step in between and destroy the harmony. Don't try to gain attention just for the sake of it . It is a sport and should be taken as a sport. He( Afridi) just spoke his heart out so what's the harm in it ? Pulkit Matta. Sanver Sports.
                  1. D
                    Mar 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm
                    The diplomacy of Afridi and Malik has gone either unnoticed or without being appreciated.
                    1. R
                      rehan khan
                      Mar 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm
                      Miandad do not be jealous we well love afridi forever He is bigger star then you .do not mind
                      1. S
                        S A Sarma
                        Mar 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                        Javad Miandad now can join our "intolerant" gang in our country. He would be given then a seat for election either by Congress or by Communists
                        1. S
                          Mar 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm
                          Don't you think there is been enough hatred among these two beautiful nations so what if he tried to win the hearts of Indians that doesn't mean he hates his people .... Come on guys give him a break:)
                          1. T
                            Mar 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm
                            India has given you a daughter in law.
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                              talha zia
                              Mar 15, 2016 at 12:35 am
                              We are with you lala, lead the team and bring worldcup to home. It's been so amazing career. Both domestic and Indian media is trying to pressurise players after their failed attempts to stop Amir from playing world cup. But they must know that stanis are well behind the players, captain and the coach. All the support for Green shirts.
                              1. V
                                Mar 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                                Dawood's samdhi is pained for obvious reasons!
                                1. A
                                  Mar 15, 2016 at 10:03 am
                                  Dear Javed sahab,please dont forget the dawat you had at matoshree (Bandra)with Mr Balasaheb Thackray.
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