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Pakistan Is Everything For Me, Won't Play IPL Even If Invited: Afridi

Cricketnext Staff |April 6, 2018, 11:43 AM IST
Pakistan Is Everything For Me, Won't Play IPL Even If Invited: Afridi

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who was criticised by Indian players after his remarks on Kashmir has hit back strongly saying he doesn't care what other people think and that no one can stop him from speaking the truth.

"I'm not worried about the response to my tweet from some. I believe I spoke the truth and I have the right to speak the truth," Afridi was quoted as saying by Pakpassion.net.

Afridi said that he won't be returning to the Indian Premier League even if Pakistan players get the approval to play in the cash-rich tournament.

"Even if they call me, I won't go to the IPL. My PSL (Pakistan Super League) is the biggest and there will be a time that it leaves the IPL behind. I am enjoying the PSL, I don't have any need for the IPL. I'm not interested in it and never was," the former all-rounder added.

"I am a soldier of my country. My country is my honour and Pakistan is everything for me. If I had not been a cricketer, I would have joined the army," he said.

Afridi had tweeted earlier saying, “Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is the @UN & other int bodies & why aren't they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?”

He went on to add: “We respect all. And this is an example as sportsman. But when it comes to human rights we expect the same for our innocent Kashmiris.”

Leading Indian cricketers including captain Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif among others had hit back at Afridi for his comments.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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