Pakistan skipper ShahidAfridi recently said in a press statement, "I've not enjoyed playing anywhere as much as I have in India". Asenior lawyer served a legal notice on the 36-year-old Pakistan cricket captain for his statement in India on Sunday ahead of the World T20 tournament.
He had said that he always enjoyed playing in front of Indian fans and that they received more love in India than in Pakistan. "You can even ask Imran bhai, cricket is a religion here", Afridi added.
They also beat Afridi's team in the Asia Cup earlier this year and have won five of their last six completed T20I fixtures coming into this match. (PTI Photo)Earlier in the day, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) posted an audio statement on its Twitter handle in which Afridi explained what he had meant.
He said in order for Pakistan team to do better in the World Twenty20 it is very important that Afridi performs well in the mega event.
"Let me say we are more loved here than in Pakistan..."
Pakistan's team management confirmed from Kolkata that Afridi has recovered well and shall be available for the match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens tomorrow.
"I spoke in a diplomatic way, that my message should go round the world that we want to play cricket".
When asked why he praised India so much, Afridi replied, "I was just trying to be a nice neighbor and said some things in formality but I didn't know this will cause so much anger against me".
Pakistan will take on Bangladesh on Wednesday before facing fierce rivals India in the group stage match three days later at the same venue.
Younis said conditions were "different" in Bangladesh - the scene of all three Pakistan defeats at the hands of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's team.
He further said that Afridi is neither an ambassador nor a diplomat, so he should not have made such comments to the Indian media.
Afridi should concentrate on cricket than what is happening back in Pakistan.
Afridi smashed a 19-ball 49 and then picked up 2/27 as Pakistan opened their campaign with a thumping victory.
They will fancy their chances like never before at Kolkata's Eden Gardens against a team who are on a miserable run and whose preparations have been hit by their late arrival in India in a row over security.