Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
These images show the Pakistani international cricket players who treated an Indian taxi driver to dinner after he refused to accept payment for driving them to a restaurant.
The anecdote was told by commentator Alison Mitchell to Australian legend Mitchell Johnson during Australia’s victory over Pakistan in the first match of their test series on Sunday 24th November in Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland.
Mitchell explained the story was originally told to her by the Indian taxi driver who has not been identified by local media.
The players involved in the heartwarming exchange were reportedly Pakistani cricketers Musa Khan, Yasir Shah, Imran Khan, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi.
She said the taxi driver told her: “He was called to the Pakistan team hotel and picked up five of the Pakistan players. As a cricket fan, he was delighted to have five of the Pakistan players in his taxi.
“They wanted to go to an Indian restaurant. When they got out he said ‘it is on me, do not give me any money’.”
Mitchell went on to say the players showed their appreciation to the driver and said: “If you want to give us a taxi ride for free come in and we will shout you dinner” which Mitchell said he “sure did”.
Political tensions between India and Pakistan have often boiled over into cricket, with some former Indian players suggesting the Indian Cricket Board boycott the World Cup match between the two sides in Manchester this year after border clashes between the two countries in February.
Australia won the match by an inning and five runs and are set to play the second match of their two-match series from 29th November to 3rd December.
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