Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi has been served legal notice over his remarks about getting more love in India. The legal notice has been served by a local advocate from Lahore.
“The Lahore High Court should issue a notice to Shahid Afridi seeking an explanation in 15 days," a media report quoted advocate Azhar Siddique as saying.
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.
“We have always enjoyed playing in India and have been loved by Indian crowds more than crowds back home in Pakistan," Afridi had said.
Earlier, former captain Javed Miandad also has said that players making such statements should be “ashamed" of themselves. 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 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.