Afridi bats for Kashmiris

The Pakistan cricketer, on Sunday, took to Twitter to express his solidarity to the cause of the Kashmiris.

Akhilesh Kumar

A file picture of Shahid Afridi.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi continues to take a tough stance against India, perhaps trying to soothe the nerves in his country, where he had come under criticism for praising Indian hospitality following Pakistan’s 2016 T20 World Cup defeat to India.

The Pakistan cricketer, on Sunday, took to Twitter to express his solidarity to the cause of the Kashmiris. “Kashmir has been suffering from brutality since past many decades.its high timethis [time this] issue shd [should] be resolved which has taken infinite lives. Kashmir is heaven on earth & we can’t be oblivious to the pleas of the innocent. #iStandWithKashmir #KasmirSolidarityDay,” Afridi wrote.

Earlier, the out-of-favour cricketer, in an interview to a Pakistani television channel in 2011, had criticised Indians and had said: "It is a very difficult thing for us to live with them (Indians) or to have long-term relationship with them. Nothing will come out of talks.”

Afridi, however, later clarified that his statement was taken out of context. The hard-hitting batsman received flak at home and was even served a legal notice in 2016 after, at a press conference in Kolkata, Afridi had said, "I've not enjoyed playing anywhere as much as I have in India. I am in the last stage of my career and I can say that the love I have got in India is something that I will always remember. We have not got this much love even from Pakistan. There are cricket-loving people here, much like in Pakistan. Overall, I've enjoyed a lot playing in India in my cricketing career."

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