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5 instances when cricketers crossed the line while being on air

Deeptesh Sen
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#2 Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi 2011 Pakistan cricket
Afridi is one player who never held back from making his thoughts known

In his heydays, Shahid Afridi's prowess with the bat was as feared as his words. Afridi never held himself back when it came to speaking out his mind, often leading to an embarrassment for the team management and creating unwanted controversies in the process.

Afridi's comments to the Samaa News channel after returning to Pakistan on having been knocked out of the 2011 World Cup created widespread controversy. "In my opinion, I have to tell the truth, they [the Indians] will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. I don't think they have the large and clean hearts Allah has given us," Afridi said.

He found himself in more trouble a couple of years later for his sexist views about women's cricket. In an interview with the Dubai-based Pakistan news channel ARY News on 27th October 2013, on being asked about women's participation in sports, he shocked everyone by saying: "Well, our women cook very well."

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