Unfazed by the criticism he drew for mentioning Kashmir in the previous match, Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi on Friday once again thanked supporters from the Kashmir valley for turning up to cheer his team in the lost World Twenty20 match against Australia here.
“I want to thank the people of Kolkata (the venue of a previous World T20 match against India) for supporting us. I thank people who came and supported us from Pakistan and Kashmir. I also want to thank the BCCI for taking good care of us in India,” Afridi said in the post-match presentation after Pakistan’s 21-run loss to Australia drawing a loud applause from the stands.
The defeat knocked Pakistan out of the World T20.
In the previous match against New Zealand, Afridi had similarly thanked supporters from Kashmir during the toss, a comment that was criticised by BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur.
Thakur had said that Afridi’s comment was “not politically correct”.
Taking a dig at those who criticised him for that statement, Afridi on Friday said, “My comment was meant for educated people.”