Yet again, the former cricketer of Pakistan, Shahid Afridi sparks controversy by asking Pakistan Cricket Board to add a team named ”Kashmir” in PSL. The flamboyant all-rounder further wants to lead the team in his final year before calling curtains on his cricketing career.
On his recent visit to Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Afridi had said that he wanted to play his ‘last PSL season from the Kashmir team’. He further expressed his hope that the people of Kashmir will support him to the full extent during the progress of the tournament.
I would like to lead Kashmir – Shahid Afridi
Recently, Afridi’s comments on PM Narendra Modi and India, sparked a huge controversy and outrage among Indian cricketers, such as Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan. In addition, Harbhajan and Yuvraj regretted helping Afridi with donations for his foundation.
Addressing the gathering, Afridi had stated, “I’ll make use of this opportunity and request the Pakistan Cricket Board that next time when they host the PSL, a new team with the name of Kashmir should be included in it. And I would like to lead that Kashmir team in my final year. I request the PCB that the next franchise should be called Kashmir.”
“If there is a stadium here then there should be a cricket academy as well and I’m willing to travel from Karachi to help run the academy here. I’ve heard there are 125 clubs in this region so there should be a tournament between those teams. I would be happy to come here and watch the matches,” he added.
Players will stay with me –
Further, Shahid Afridi added that the players, who perform well in the regional tournaments will stay with him in Karachi and play for the country and perceive further education.
“The worthy players from that tournament, I’m willing to take them to Karachi with me. They can stay with me, practice with me and also get their education,” he concluded.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out. If PCB considers the request of Shahid Afridi, it might ignite something unwanted for both countries.