Shahid Afridi has claimed that his team also received threats from India.
Shahid Afridi has said that our relations should not be spoiled by threats.
New Delhi. Legendary Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow Team India to tour Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023 as it will help in improving bilateral relations between the two countries. . For the Asia Cup 2023 tournament to be held across the border, BCCI Secretary Jai Shah had already indicated that India will not travel to Pakistan. In such a situation, he had talked about holding the Asia Cup at a neutral venue instead of Pakistan.
Along with this, Shahid Afridi has claimed that his team was threatened on the tour of India, but he still decided to come. Afridi further said that if Pakistan decides to tour India for the Asia Cup, it will take great care of the Indian team. He said, “If you send the Indian team, then we will keep our heads on our eyes. Earlier an Indian from Mumbai, I will not take his name, threatened Pakistan that he is not allowed to enter India. But we kept everything aside and our government took it as a responsibility and the Pakistan team went to India. That’s why our relations should not be spoiled by threats. The threats will continue.”
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Before the final match of Legends League Cricket (LLC) in Doha, Shahid Afridi said in the press conference that he maintains friendly relations with many former Indian players including Suresh Raina. He said, “It would have been great if he had come to India. It would have been a step towards cricket for India and towards Pakistan. This is not a generation of wars and quarrels. We want the relationship to be better. I remember when we came to India, we got a wonderful response. If you remember the 2005 series, Harbhajan and Yuvraj used to go shopping and restaurants and no one took money from them. This is the beauty of both the countries.
The explosive all-rounder further added, “If we want to be friends with someone and he does not talk to us then what can we do? There is no doubt that BCCI is a very strong board, but when you are strong, you have more responsibility. Don’t try to make more enemies, you need to make friends.”
Let us tell you that India and Pakistan have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012-13. The ‘Men in Blue’ last toured the neighboring country in 2008. Afridi said, “When you make more friends, you become stronger. I still have friends in the Indian team. When we meet, we discuss, the other day I met Raina and I asked for a bat, he gave it to me.
Shahid Afridi said, “As far as the security concern in Pakistan is concerned. Recently many international teams had traveled here. We used to face security threat from India as well, but if permission is received from the government of both the countries then the tour will happen. If the tour doesn’t happen, we will give those people a chance. All they want is that there should be no cricket between them.”
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 21, 2023