Lahore, 2nd April: With the current situation amidst the pandemic and countries under lockdown, many charitable organizations are working towards helping humanity at this time of crisis.
Pakistan’s former cricket captain, Shahid Afridi’s foundation is among the leading NGOs working for this cause of helping the needy people around the time of curfew and lockdown. The noble cause by his charity has received an overwhelming response on social media by celebrities and cricketers worldwide.
Two notable ex-cricketers of the Indian team, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have showered accolades for Shahid Afridi’s organization and have shown their support for the former Pakistani cricket captain.
According to reports of Baaghi TV, the two former Indian players have come under severe criticism by the Indian public for supporting Shahid Afridi’s organization in its fight against the pandemic.
Harbhajan Singh has urged people to contribute in a video message and called on other cricketers in the two countries to make similar appeals.
“These are testing times, it’s time to look out for each other,” Yuvraj also wrote on his Twitter in a call for funds. He has shown his support for Shahid Afridi’s foundation thus promoting on his Twitter account.
These are testing times, it’s time to lookout for each other specially the ones who are lesser fortunate. Lets do our bit, I am supporting @SAfridiOfficial & @SAFoundationN in this noble initiative of covid19. Pls donate on https://t.co/yHtpolQbMx #StayHome @harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/HfKPABZ6Wh
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 31, 2020
Both the Indian cricketers have faced backlash by the public on social media. The Indians have slammed their heroes saying they have lost respect for these players. They have written angry comments and shown their disgust over the support of these players towards the rival player, who according to them has shown his criticism over Kashmir dispute.
It may be noted that there is always tension among the two South Asian countries and the dispute on Kashmir is still on-going. Whether it is a battle field or a sports field, both the countries are bitter rivals. The sports players of both the nations, however, have shown support for each other.
Shahid Afridi, showing his true sportsmanship stood to these critics and has thanked the Indian players for praising his cause.
Very sad to see simple messages of humanity getting misunderstood! We r ambassadors for Love & peace ,
Truly value the support extended by @YUVSTRONG12 & @harbhajan_singh for coming forward & urging people to #DonateKaroNa #HumanitybeyondBorders https://t.co/x5Uo5GUNp5
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 1, 2020
Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, has defended his actions, saying that his message on showing his support for those who are helping in times of need should not be misinterpreted.
“I really don’t understand how a message to help the most vulnerable gets blown out of proportion!” he wrote. “All I tried to achieve via that message was to help people in our respective countries by providing healthcare, my intention was not to hurt anyone’s feelings. I’m an Indian and will always bleed blue and will always stand for humanity.”
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 1, 2020
At such a time when a global pandemic is taking its toll in the countries and wreaking havoc, people should come in support of each other rather than casting enmities among rivals. It is a time for humanity to stand united against a common cause instead of creating bad blood among the countries.