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Pakistan skipper Afridi blasts Indian media

Pakistan captain says his comments about Tendulkar were misinterpreted

  • ByK. R. Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer
  • Published: 00:00 March 29, 2011
  • Gulf News

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  • Pakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi celebrates after dismissing West Indies’ Kemar Roach during their quarter-final match in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has hit out at the Indian media, accusing them of running a negative campaign against his team.

In an interview with Pakistan's Geo TV Channel, Afridi said he was upset over an Indian daily blowing up his remarks on Sachin Tendulkar that his team will not let the master blaster get his century.

"The Indian media has treated this negatively. There is never any doubt about Tendulkar's greatness. But if someone approaches me and asks me about him [Tendulkar], obviously as Pakistan captain I will not say ... we will allow him to score runs. I will say .... we will ensure he doesn't get his 100th international century."

Mind games

Some of the Indian newspapers had headlines saying: "War of words commences before the Mohali match." A few papers even commented that mind games have commenced with Pakistan playing down India's strength. The Indian media has also been blowing up the issue of Shoaib Akhtar's inclusion in the team, making it look like Afridi does not like the speedster.

"I want him [Akhtar] to play, but we have not taken a final decision as yet. And we have to take into consideration his match fitness and his form ... which we will see in the nets. We do want him in such a high-profile match; but we don't want him for just four or five overs, we want him to bowl his full quota of overs.

Nothing positive

"There is so much negativity in the Indian media. There is nothing positive to watch on the channels and we are just sticking together as a team and it is just the hotel and ground for us," he was quoted as saying in the interview.

"The only answer we can give is with our performance. We will try to give 110 per cent in this big match. Everyone knows how big a match this is and the pressures that come with it."

Afridi also hit out at Pakistan interior Minister Rahman Malek, who said that the government was keeping watch on the players in the semi-final to prevent spot fixing. "I don't think he should have said such a thing at this time."

Comments (27)

  1. Added 17:35 March 29, 2011

    Dear Cricket fans, This game is just like WWE where media hype and advertisments ar the primary source of income. We together had shown the world how to fix a match and how to make billions through IPL. This is a war for grabbing money. When India or Pakistan beats Kenya or Canada not much nationalism is involved, but when India and Pakistan is playing its all about nationalism. Why such is not there when the football or hockey teams of these countries play? The reason is money. The quantity of money involved with hypes and adverts. So don't be carried away. This is just another gimmick by media, BCCI and PCB. The major actors are Dhoni and Afridi

    vinod, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:27 March 29, 2011

    I wish, and this my supplicate too, that Pakistani team win this match against India and no issue at all if loss the final cricket World Cup.

    Adnan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:58 March 29, 2011

    Media has nothing else to do!

    Zahra Nadeem, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:42 March 29, 2011

    There is no denying that some Media (both India & Pakistan) are behaving in haste, but it would be a mistake and divisive to point to a particular country (be it India or Pakistan). In case if you are aware of Indian media of such behaviour, we can show the same attitude from Pakistan media. The general conclusion to this topicm is that the people should NOT get carried away from such news (not limited to Cricket but in various other fields as well) instead have a common sense to view the sports as a sports and support their teams in right spirit.

    Surya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:24 March 29, 2011

    Good Luck Pakistan!!

    Mash , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:52 March 29, 2011

    True. Media hype is 2 much. Obviously it is a high voltage match. But let it be a good match; whoever wins that is upto their performance. Good luck for both teams.

    prakash, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:48 March 29, 2011

    The media is just trying to make its bucks. This only creates negativity. It's just a sport! May the best team win.

    Hamza Ismail, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:25 March 29, 2011

    Surya, There are no negetive news or reports flowing in any of the pakistani channels or newpapaers, you need to get your information correct.

    Hasnain Imtiaz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:15 March 29, 2011

    Pakistan will win the match no doubt Inshallah and so true indian media has nothing positive to say!. They are just looking for small things to present them as issues in the breaking news. Rahman Malik is a jerk!!!!

    Hadiya, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:05 March 29, 2011

    Mr. Surya, I don't agree with your comments. Media should not be allowed to misinterpret the real picture. Before accusing, just check what kind of statements regarding match have been used by Indian media. Also, Dhoni himself said we have pressure from fans to win the match and treat it as battle. Please analyse the media of both countries with open mind and truth. Let see how indian crowd behaves at the day of match-(everyone knows the patience level of indian fans)

    Awais Al Rshman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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