Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said Wednesday the arrest of an Indian student for wearing a shirt bearing his name was “shameful”, but would not deter the subcontinent’s fans from supporting rival players.
Ripon Chowdhury, 21, was arrested on Sunday in Hailakandi while watching a local cricket tournament after his shirt angered a Hindu nationalist group.
Afridi, whose mighty sixes and all-or-nothing approach to batting earned him a huge following across the cricketing world, slammed the move.
“It was shameful to arrest a fan for wearing my shirt,” the 36-year-old told AFP. “Such incidents don’t suit civilised people.”
“You cannot stop fans from supporting a player by arresting them,” he said. “Sports and politics should be kept apart and such incidents go against the principles of sportsmanship.”
In January a Pakistani fan was arrested for waving the flag of India after his idol Virat Kohli struck a match-winning knock against Australia.