Shahid Afridi calls arrest of Indian fan "shameful"
The former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi, labeled the arrest of an Indian fan who wore his shirt as "shameful".
Ripon Chowdhury, a 21-year-old man, was apparently wearing an Afridi t-shirt when watching a cricket tournament in Hailakandi, a small town in Assam. Local right-wing outfits belonging to a Hindu nationalist group were enraged by this and lodged a complaint. Chowdhury was subsequently arrest on the basis of the complaint.
When Afridi heard of the incident, he wasn't pleased one bit. "It was shameful to arrest a fan for wearing my shirt. Such incidents don't suit civilised people," he said.
The cricketer also called for politics to stay away from sport. "You cannot stop fans from supporting a player by arresting them. Sports and politics should be kept apart and such incidents go against the principles of sportsmanship."
They have been several such instances in both India and Pakistan in recent times. Early this year, 22-year-old Umar Daraz was charged with sedition for waving the Indian flag in support of Virat Kohli.