Afridi came under criticism of the Indian cricket board official Anurag Thakur who warned the Pakistan captain to refrain from making political statements in the sport.
In his latest statement after losing a key match to Australia by 21 runs, Afridi thanked all fans and also mentioned Kashmiri fans for supporting Pakistan — a similar statement he had made in the previous match drawing criticism from the Indian authorities. However, Afridi also thanked the Indian cricket board and the ground administration for organising the tournament.
Couple of days back, Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) Anurag Thakur had slammed Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi for mentioning ‘Kashmir’ in his pre-match interview.
When he came for the toss, former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja asked Afridi if he and his team had support from the spectators here, Afridi said that “a lot of people are here from Kashmir”. “Yes, a lot of people, a lot of people are here from Kashmir as well.