New Delhi: Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi is not only one of the most beloved cricketers in the world, his charity work with the Shahid Afridi Foundation has made him a popular figure outside the cricketing world as well.
On Saturday, he posted a picture of him cradling a deer and feeding it, with the message: “Don’t forget to take care of animals, they too deserve our love and care.”
However, what caught everyone’s attention was the second image posted in the same tweet by Afridi which showed his daughter celebrating with arms aloft next to a lion inside his home.
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 🙂 pic.twitter.com/CKPhZd0BGD
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 9, 2018
Here’s how social media reacted to it:
Shahid Afridi has a pet lion who is confined at his home and it's chained, this is so barbaric and inhumane poor creature should be in its natural habitat, running & hunting . where are animals protection organisations. Fuck your wealth & fame if it doesn't give you compassion
— Rainbow (@pavlovscat8) June 9, 2018
Shahid Afridi is talking about caring and loving animals irony just committed sucide.
Hahahahahahahahah ???????? pic.twitter.com/cIlj0dgVIc
— Harsh Rana (@OfficialHrana) June 10, 2018
I’m absolutely appalled with what #ShahidAfridi is doing. You can’t keep a #lion out of its natural habitat all chained up & then claim that u r loving animals. The lion looks weak & so done with life. I feel so bad for it. #PETA #AnimalRights #cricket #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/IiphTknlhX
— Mia Utopian (@mia__utopian) June 9, 2018
In parallel universe
Shahid Afridi is sold to Gujrat Lions for INR 15cr in #IPLAuction
— NARESH (@connect2ns) January 28, 2018
— SAUL (@SSthedouble) August 23, 2017
The lion shouldn’t be amongst people and it should not be tied up like that
— Sabeen Syed???? (@SabeenGeopol) June 10, 2018
Where is this? Come how there are wild animals in unnatural environment? Isnit legal?
— afia salam (@afiasalam) June 9, 2018
Lala Ne Apny Ghr Zoo Khola hoa hai????????
— neha (@nehayy88) June 9, 2018
Innocent sa to lion hai
— Sab Malik#Freekashmir (@WhiteBi24521464) June 9, 2018
Shahid bhai???? There's a literal lion behind your daughter????
— F (@furreekatt_) June 9, 2018