LAHORE

Although Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and his men have been a huge disappoint so far on the field and off the field as well, yet Afridi pulls one back to give some satisfaction to home fans.

A loss on the eve of Pakistan Day was the least a Pakistani fan could have wished but before start of the match, outspoken all-rounder Afridi hit arch-rival Indian with a huge six and Indians left with lashing out at Pakistan captain, making a day for the whole Pakistan.

Afridi’s statement during the toss of the crucial World T20 tie between Pakistan and New Zealand in Mohali set fire on Indian tails. “We have a lot of support today. A lot of people from Kashmir have also come to support us,” Afridi had said prompting the Indian media as well as the BCCI secretary to go public in condemnation of his words.

Indian cricket’s secretary Anurag Thakur warned Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi to avoid giving political statements. “To give a statement like that is not politically correct,” Thakur said, adding: “A player should stay away from all this. That’s the reason why he was criticised in Pakistan.”

The BCCI secretary referred to Afridi’s previous comments of “getting more love in India” that drew sharp criticism from former cricketers and people back home.