In May this year, former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi made controversial comments against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Army during a visit to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Afridi’s scathing remarks did meet a severe backlash from all quarters of India. In fact, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, who extended help to ‘The Shahid Afridi Foundation’ in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic just a few days back also lashed out at the ex-Pakistan skipper.
“This is very upsetting what Shahid Afridi has come up with, talking ill about our country and our Prime Minister. This is just not acceptable. To be honest, he (Afridi) asked us to make an appeal for his charity. In good faith, we did it for humanity and for the people suffering due to the coronavirus. But this man is talking ill about our country. All I have to say is we have nothing to do with Shahid Afridi. He has no right to speak ill against our country and he should stay in his country and limits,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying to Sports Tak.
Yuvraj, on the other hand, took to Twitter and wrote: “Really disappointed by @SAfridiOfficial’s comments on our Hon’b PM @narendramodi ji. As a responsible Indian who has played for the country, I will never accept such words. I made an appeal on your behest for the sake of humanity. But never again.”
Really disappointed by @SAfridiOfficial‘s comments on our Hon’b PM @narendramodi ji. As a responsible Indian who has played for the country, I will never accept such words. I made an appeal on your behest for the sake of humanity. But never again.
Jai Hind 🇮🇳
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 17, 2020
And now, Afridi has reacted on Harbhajan and Yuvraj’s remarks against him, saying he ‘still have respect for both’.
On Wednesday (July 29), Afridi conducted a Q/A session on Twitter, wherein a fan asked him: “Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have said that we do not have any kind of friendship with Shahid Afridi anymore. So what would you like to say about them?”
In reply, Afridi wrote: “We have old and strong relations and I still have respect for both”.
We have old and strong relations and I still have respect for both
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 29, 2020