Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were under fire from netizens after the Indian duo supported former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi's foundation in fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Bengaluru: Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh faced heavy criticism from netizens after the duo pledged support to ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s foundation in fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Also read: Afridi thanks Yuvraj, Harbhajan
As India, Pakistan and many countries across the world continue to battle against the deadly coronavirus, cricketers have been supporting for relief works. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and several others have contributed to ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund) and various states’ chief minister’s relief funds.
In Pakistan, Afridi’s foundation Shahid Afridi Foundation is seeking donations to help people in these difficult times. Several former Pakistan cricketers have lauded Afridi’s efforts.
On Twitter, Yuvraj posted a video message asking people to donate to Afridi’s foundation. He wrote, “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 http://donatekarona.com #StayHome @harbhajan_singh (sic).”
Afridi replied to this tweet and thanked the Indian cricketers. “Thank you for all you support-both yourself & my brother @harbhajan_singh are huge pillars of support; this bond we have shows love & peace transgresses borders when it comes to humanity especially. Best wishes to you with your noble endeavours with @YOUWECAN #DonateKaroNa (sic).”
Thank you for all you support-both yourself & my brother @harbhajan_singh are huge pillars of support; this bond we have shows love & peace transgresses borders when it comes to humanity especially. Best wishes to you with your noble endeavours with @YOUWECAN #DonateKaroNa https://t.co/IVhqywdl3q— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 31, 2020
Yuvraj pledging support to Afridi has angered many Twitter users. They lambasted the former left-handed batsman and also Harbhajan for supporting Pakistan. Some of them questioned the duo about their contribution to Indians during this time of crisis.
Here are some of the angry reactions from Twitter.
Shame on you Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, people of India gave you Name, Fame & all, and you are requesting People to Donate for PAKISTAN, why not for INDIA???#ShameOnYuviBhajji Big Shame 😡 pic.twitter.com/YUDCE3OygU— Rajesh Dangi 🇮🇳 (@rajeshmodimodi) March 31, 2020
Shame on you— माधुरी बोरसे (@MadhuriBorse1) March 31, 2020
It's not donation. It's terror funding.— Desi Engineer (@Engihumor) March 31, 2020
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Yeah I will donate my hard earned money to a Pakistani who may sponsor terrorist attack in India. Lost all the respect Yuvi.— Tapas (@tapasgiri93) March 31, 2020
Humanity? Where is their humanity while they are denying basic necessities to Hindus. Denying basic facilities on religious basis isn't inhumane for you?— Mahima Dhingra🇮🇳 (@dhingramahima9) March 31, 2020
No more fan of yuvraj singh— अमित खीचड (@Amit28815263) March 31, 2020
Hope Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are donating to PMCares or other Indian charities as well. The country needs voices like them during this time.— Vishakha (@VishakhaJ18) March 31, 2020
Yuvraj Singh ne jyada daaru pee li,— Shruti (@shruttitandon) March 31, 2020
PM-CARE ko donate karne bola tha, ye janab PAKISTAN ko donate Kar rahe hai.
Very Disappointing @YUVSTRONG12 We want justification for this. 👎 You lost a fan today.
Go to hell, Yuvraj. Lost all respect for you and your comrade Harbhajan Singh who too has an overly soft spot for Pakistanis and Shahid Afridi.— Vinayak (@vinayak_jain) March 31, 2020
Not done! He runs propaganda against India and is one of the most hateful Pakistani celeb and you are supporting him? @harbhajan_singh— Vikas Pandey (@MODIfiedVikas) March 31, 2020
Shame On You For Supporting The Enemy Of India. Thoo.— Avinash Srivastava (@go4avinash) March 31, 2020
Donate to Shahid Afridi foundation?? Thik toh ho paaji?— Krishna (@Itskrishna_k) March 31, 2020
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Last Updated 1, Apr 2020, 4:02 PM