Shahid Afridi tweets daughter’s pic with a lion at his house, faces backlash

By: | Published: June 12, 2018 12:27 PM

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was caught in the middle of a storm on Twitter when he shared an image of his daughter copying his signature wicket taking celebration style. What's unusual about it? Well, the image was clicked at Afridi's house where a lion can be seen sitting behind his daughter.

Shahid afridi, Shahid afridi lion, shahid afridi tweet, shahid afridi daughter lion, afridi, afridi daughter, afridi daughter lion, pakistan cricket team, sports newsShahid Afridi’s daughter copying his signature celebration with a lion in the backdrop. (Source: Twitter)

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was caught in the middle of a storm on Twitter when he shared an image of his daughter copying his signature wicket taking celebration style. What’s unusual about it? Well, the image was clicked at Afridi’s house where a lion can be seen sitting behind his daughter. “Great to spend time with loved ones. Best feeling in the world to have my daughter copy my wicket-taking celebrations. And yes don’t forget to take care of animals, they too deserve our love and care,” the tweet read.

The fans loved the cute antics of Afridi’s daughter but their attention was grabbed by a lion in the background in the picture. Fans were confused whether it was a real lion or not! Later, a few more images of it were shared by people on social media platforms which confirmed that it indeed was a real lion. A Pakistani journalist shared an image where Afridi is sitting next to the lion which is tied in chains.

“When a lion met a cricketing lion,” the caption of the image read.

While some of Afridi’s fans compared him to the lion, the image drew severe outrage from animal activists as well.

Another Pakistan journalist later shared a response from Afridi claiming that it wasn’t his lion and was brought to his house for showing it to his kids. The statement added that the owner has an authorised license of keeping them. However, the journalist added that the statement is unconfirmed and unverified but ‘seems’ genuine.

“Apparently this is @SAfridiOfficial’s response – unconfirmed and unverified, but seems genuine. The animals do not belong to him and the owner has an authorised license of keeping them,” his tweet read.

Afridi had burst onto the scene in 1996 smashing a 37-ball one-day century against Sri Lanka in only his second match to set a world record that was unbeaten for 18 years. He played 398 ODIs for Pakistan scoring 8,064 runs, the highest score of 124 and took 395 wickets.

In 27 Tests, he scored 1,176 runs with the highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. He was highly successful in the shortest format of the game where he scored 1,405 runs in 98 matches and picked up 97 wickets. Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket in February 2017.

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