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 said.
“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.
Asked about 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. Agencies