Sohail slams Afridi for comments against Indians
NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan skipper
Aamir Sohail today slammed current captain Shahid
Afridi for his comments that Indians are "not as large-hearted
as Pakistanis", saying that the statement was "immaturish and untimely".
Afridi had said after reaching
home following Pakistan's semifinal exit from the World Cup that it
would be very difficult for Pakistanis to live with Indians or to have
long-term relationship with them.
Sohail said Afridi should not have made these remarks just after the
goodwill generated in the aftermatch of the India-Pakistan semifinal
clash at Mohali and he should respect each individual.
"I think Afridi should not have made such comments. You got to
respect every individual. His statement is kind of immaturish and at
the same time untimely," Sohail said.
Afridi had also criticised Indian media for its "negative approach"
but Sohail said media has a certain role to play.
"Look, media has a certain role to play. Media highlights the
different aspects of an issue. For me, media is like a pain in body. You
have to deal with media and find solutions in the relationship with it
just like we consult doctors," he told 'Times Now'.
During a talk show in Pakistan after his side's loss to India,
Afridi had said that Indians are not as large-hearted as Pakistanis
while the Indian media has "negative approach".
"In my opinion, if I have to tell the truth, they (Indians)
will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. I don't think they
have the large and clean hearts that Allah has given us," Afridi had
"It is a very difficult thing
for us to live with them (Indians) or to have long-term relationship
with them. Nothing will come out of talks. See how many times in the
past 60 years we have had friendship and then how many times things have
gone bad," he said.
the Indian media's coverage of the Pakistani team during the semifinal
on March 30, Afridi had said, "The Indian media has a very negative
approach and very negative thoughts. The people may not be like that but
I think the media had a very dirty role in spoiling relations between
us and India.
"Our media, which is criticised by people, is hundred times better than theirs," he said.
Gotta admit, when I saw his friendly attitude during the match, I was filled with so much respect. Not sure if that respect exists anymore