Former Pakistani ace cricketer Shahid Afridi is often in the headlines but not always for the right reasons. Afridi is quite active on social media and even runs his own YouTube channel.
Although he is a sporting icon and is admired by thousands of people, it cannot be denied that some of his views are downright problematic.
Afridi has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism for his statements on Indian army and government. Recently, during his visit to POK, Afridi said, “I am in your beautiful village, I am very delighted. I was planning to visit you all for a long time. The world is currently infected by such a big disease. But the bigger disease is in Modi’s mind.”
Indian cricketers and fans also took to social media to express their displeasure over Afridi’s comments. Unfortunately, this is not the only incident where Afridi’s problematic views ended up upsetting people.
Here are 3 instances where Shahid Afridi stirred controversies with his comments.
1. His problematic views on women playing cricket
Back in 2014, during an interview with a news channel, Shahid was asked about his views on encouraging Pakistani women to play cricket. His reply was rather narrow-minded.
He said, “Our women have great taste in their hands and they cook very tasty food.”
While Afridi has the power to encourage the youth with his words, he did not think twice before blurting out this extremely sexist comment.
2. His absurd reaction when Afridi’s daughter performed ‘Arti’
Last year, veteran Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar revealed that his former teammate Danish Kaneria had to face discrimination while he was a part of the national squad owing to his religion.
While Akhtar was speaking about the malpractices in the Pakistani cricket team, a video of Afridi started doing the rounds on social media. In the video Afridi could be seen making fun of Hindu traditions.
During a chat show, Afridi revealed that he once smashed a TV set in rage after he saw his daughter playfully performing ‘Aarti.’
“I smashed my TV once, because of my wife. These daily soaps on Star Plus were quite popular back then. I had asked my wife to watch them alone and not with the kids. One day, I saw one of my daughters performing arti while watching a show on Star Plus. I, then, lost my cool and smashed the TV inside the wall,” he said.
3. Afridi is against his daughters playing cricket
Last year, Shahid Afridi released his memoir titled Game Changer. Among other unknown details about his personal and professional life, the memoir also reveals Shahid’s views on encouraging his daughters to play cricket.
The former Pakistani captain says that he will never allow his daughters to play outdoor games including cricket. He does not want them to compete in public sports owing to social and religious reasons.
Afridi writes, “They have my permission to play any sport as long as they’re indoors. Cricket? No, not for my girls. They have permission to play all the indoor games they want but my daughters are not going to be competing in public sporting activities. I’ve made this decision and their mother agrees with me. The feminists can say what they want.”
Looks like Afridi needs to mend his ways before he lands up in more trouble!