New Delhi: Pakistan cricket team skipper Shahid Afridi has faced the brunt for his comment on his side getting more love in India than his own nation.
The veteran cricketer was served a legal notice for "committing treason" and "hurting sentiments" of Pakistanis.
Pakistan arrived on Saturday in India for the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.
At a press conference in Kolkata, Afridi had said, "I've not enjoyed playing anywhere as much as I have in India. We have not got this much love even from Pakistan.”
Although the senior cricketer later on clarified about his comment on Monday by saying that he wanted to send out a positive message.
"I am not just the captain of Pakistan’s cricket team I am representing the whole country here. The one statement I gave recently should be taken as positive,” said Afridi.
Here is what several former players said on Afridi's comment.
“They are senior players and should be careful while speaking to the media specially while touring India.” - Mohsin Khan (Former Pakistan Test batsman)
“What have the Indians given us? Speak the truth even while in India. For the last five years what have they given us or done with Pakistan cricket. Having served Pakistan cricket for so many years I am shocked and hurt to hear such comments from our players.” - Javed Miandad (Former Pakistan legend)
“Expect huge queues (and) traffic jams if Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni visit Pakistan.” - Wasim Akram (Former Pakistan legend)
"Emotions run high before India-Pakistan match. What Shahid said was a good way to say nice things about Indian public. The crowd at Eden will not be hostile towards Pakistan.” - (Former India legend)
"This is something he felt. It's his emotions. I believe we should leave it at that rather than creating a controversy out of nothing." - Waqar Younis (Pakistan head coach)
Pakistan face India on March 19 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in a crucial Super 10 Group 2 encounter.