New Delhi: Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi was reportedly threatened by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to ‘keep shut or face dire consequences’ following the Afridi-Javed Miandad verbal spat regarding Afridi’s farewell match.
One of the best hitters of his times in international cricket, Afridi has been verbally hit by Dawood Ibrahim after the former commented on ex-cricketer Javed Miandad, who is also a close relative of the don.
According to media reports, Ibrahim made a personal phone call to Afridi on October 12 telling him apparently to shut his mouth or face dire consequences.
The Afridi-Miandad strife started after the latter alleged that Afridi wanted to play his farewell match 'just for money'. Miandad also claimed that there is evidence of Afridi being involved in match-fixing.
Speaking on the issue Afridi said, “Miandad has always had issues with money”. The 36-year-old swashbuckling batsman reportedly stated that he would be forced to take legal action against the former skipper for his comments.
The ongoing feud has bothered other Pakistani cricketers too. Former bowler Wasim Akram on Twitter said, “Javed Bhai & Shahid mean a lot to me & to Pakistan. It's really sad to see what's happening between them. InshAllah it will be over soon”.
“The stones being thrown between 2 very respected cricketers calls for quick resolve by appropriate mediation instead of this unwanted chaos,” the bowling legend said further.
Reacting on the controversy, former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan said that the spat between the two "is very damaging".