NEW DELHI: It is not new for any Pakistani Cricket player attracting criticism on his way every now and then. This time, it is the former skipper of our neighboring nation, Shahid Afridi getting slammed for mocking Hindu customs and traditions in an old interview.
An old video went viral online where Afridi is heard telling a story of the time when he broke his television at home. He did so after seeing his daughter imitating a scene of 'aarti' from an Indian daily soap. He even asked his wife not to watch such shows in front of the children.
He said, "I smashed my TV once, because of my wife. These daily soaps on Star Plus were quite popular then. I had asked my wife to watch them alone and not with the kids. I saw one of my kids performing ‘aarti’ while watching a Star Plus show. I then smashed the TV inside the wall."
Watch the video here:
Here Shahid Afridi is making fun of the Hindu ritual of Aarti and everyone’s enjoying but remember how he tweeted on the plight of Uighar muslims just two days ago and everyone forced him to delete? Islam is just an excuse to hide poverty in Pakistanpic.twitter.com/PyXV9e8QkC— Monica (@TrulyMonica) December 28, 2019
Obviously, the statements did not go well with the Hindus' sentiments as the all-rounder took a dig at the faith of their religion, thereby, getting slammed for the same.
The video, coincidentally, surfaced on social media after the former pacer, Shoaib Akhtar revealed that his teammate Danish Kaneria faced discrimination by his team members only because of being a Hindu. Some of the cricketers were not even ready to eat with him and constantly humiliated him.
Later on, the 'Rawalpindi Express' clarified that he did not mean that his team discriminated anybody on the basis of race but Kaneria was affirmative with Akhtar's statement and said that he was distinguished because of his Hindu faith. He said, "Today, I saw the interview of the legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar. I personally thank him for telling the truth. At the same time, I am grateful to all the players who supported me wholeheartedly as a cricketer. Also thankful to media, genuine cricket administrators, and citizens of Pakistan who supported me regardless of my religious affiliation."
I watched the mess that was made of my statement, which was taken completely out of context.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) December 28, 2019
I have given a thorough & complete response to all the criticism, addressing it point by point. Watch the video. Understand what i was trying to say.https://t.co/9NY5zPIAdW pic.twitter.com/gxb5M5eGsd