Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

At a time when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are at loggerheads with the Indian board refusing Team India’s visit to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has made a huge statement in this regard.

Asia Lions skipper Afridi has claimed that the Pakistan team received threat from a Mumbai-based man but they still decided to travel to India in the past.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) 2023, Afridi claimed that Pakistan team had once faced threat from an Indian. But the Pakistan government had kept differences aside to send the team to India.

“You just send the Indian team to Pakistan and we will welcome them with great pleasure. Before this, an Indian from Mumbai, won’t take his name, had threatened Pakistan that they won’t be allowed in India. But we kept all aside and our government had taken it up as a responsibility and Pakistan team did go to India. So threats will remain and those threats should not ruin our relationship,” said Afridi.

“It would have been really nice if India had come to Pakistan. This is not a generation of wars and fights. We want relationships to get better. We have played against India with a lot of love and affection. I remember when we came to India, we got an outstanding response. If you remember the 2005 series, Harbhajan and Yuvraj used to go shopping and to restaurants, and no one used to charge them money. This is the beauty of the two nations,” he added.

Notably, many former Pakistan cricketers have slammed BCCI for not allowing Team India to visit Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup. On the other hand, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh recently said that India should not travel to Pakistan as it is not ‘safe’ to play there.