NEW DELHI - *The Indian cricket board has hit out at Pakistan cricket superstars Shahid Afridi and Hasan Ali over the duo recent behavior, which the board believes was ‘disrespectful’** towards India as a country.*
The BCCI official lashed out at Afridi and Ali, while requesting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi to ‘deal with the issue of the recent misbehavior.’
“I would request Sethi to sternly deal with the issue of the recent misbehavior of the Pakistani cricketer in showing disrespect towards India as a country and other indiscriminate actions and words by former cricketers that do nothing to promote the right atmosphere for cricket. I do hope they at least understand the concept of a ‘gentleman’,” said the BCCI official said, quoted *Cricket Next*.
Ali was seen walking up to the Pakistani soldier in the middle of the Attari-Wagah border flag-lowering ceremony. He then imitated the Rangers, patted his thigh and raised his arm, before replicating his signature celebratory move, while gesturing to the Indian soldiers.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Afridi had recently took to Twitter and urged the United Nations to intervene in the Indian Occupied Kashmir over the recent wave of violence in the region.
Furthermore, in a bid to explain the current scenario to Sethi, the BCCI official said that the Indian cricket board is bound by the laws of India over the issue of playing with Pakistan.
“In an ideal world, we would host Pakistan in India and visit Pakistan to play there. Our willingness thus exceeds the willingness of PCB it appears, when we talk only of willingness. However, firstly Sethi must understand that BCCI does not decide the policies of the Government of India, just the way PCB does not decide the policies of the Government of Pakistan. We are an Indian organisation that is bound by the laws of India and we have to comply with them, it is not a card for us but a legal necessity,” the BCCI official said.