Notice against Afridi for “getting more love in India”

Lahore: Captain Shahid Afridi has become embroiled in yet another controversy after a petition was filed against him in the Lahore High Court over his latest remark that the Pakistan cricket team gets more love in India than in their home country.

The petition was filed by advocate Azhar Siddique on Monday who argued that Afridi’s statement has hurt Pakistani sentiments and the court must ask the skipper to explain his remarks, reports Daily Pakistan.

“The Lahore High Court should issue a notice to Shahid Afridi seeking an explanation in 15 days,” Siddique requested the court.

Afridi had given the statement while addressing a press conference in Kolkata where the Pakistani team landed on Saturday evening to take part in the World Twenty20, to be held across seven Indian cities from March 15 to April 3. He had said that he always enjoyed playing in front of Indian fans and that they received more love in India than in Pakistan.

Pakistan play a warm-up match against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens on Monday before their campaign starts against Bangladesh on Wednesday. Pakistan will take on arch-rivals India in a high voltage clash on Saturday at the Eden Gardens.