While fans have been deprived of the India-Pakistan rivalry on the world cricketing stage, the St.Moritz Ice Cricket challenge in Switzerland provided cricket fans all over the world with some Indo-Pakistan cricketing flavour, with legends of the sport from both countries participating in this unique cricketing experience.
The fixture revived the rivalry between Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar and Sehwag, but also showed the other side of the relationship that the Indo-Pakistan players shared with each other, indulging in so many heart warming situations with each other during the course of the two day event.
Indian fans have had this love-hate relationship with Afridi, one because of his ability to take the game away from India, and two because of his on-field altercations with Indian players, with the Gambhir one popping up straight away.
But off the field Afridi has been a complete gentleman and has a very good relationship with almost all Indian cricketers(barring probably Gambhir). Afridi has also often spoken highly about Indian cricketers, and has been a gentleman towards Indian fans too.
Shahid Afridi’s magnanimity was on display yesterday as well, when after the completion of the St. Moritz Cricket Challenge, Afridi took some time to click photos with Indian fans and with the Indian flag.
In the video you can see Afridi telling the Indian fan to straighten the Indian flag before taking the photograph, something that Indian fans all over are just drooling over.
Check out the video:
Shahid Afridi wants Indian flag to be open while clicking a photo with fans in switzerland. pic.twitter.com/vq88m8htpB
— Nibraz Ramzan (@Nibrazcricket) February 9, 2018
What is the St. Moritz Ice Cricket Challenge?
This was the first time ever that cricket was played on Ice, with the frozen St. Moritz lake used for the 2 day event.
Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, Lasith Malinga, Jayawardene, Graeme Smith, Shahid Afridi and many more legendary cricketers graced the event with their presence, playing in sub-zero temperatures.