Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi thanked Australian batsman Steve Smith for his kind words about Pakistan while welcoming his side to the country after 24 years.

“Thank you for your words Steve Smith and a very warm welcome to the entire Cricket Australia squad to Pakistan,” tweeted Afridi in response to Smith’s comments to UK-based Sky Sports.

Australia batsman Steve Smith said the players felt “incredibly safe” on their first tour of Pakistan in nearly 25 years

Farmer Pakistani captain Shaid Afridi said on his Twitter handle

“V are very welcoming and known for our hospitality & are ecstatic to see our favourite stars playing in our country”

“Looking forward to see[ing] some quality cricket ahead,” said Afridi.

In the video that was retweeted by Afridi, the Australian batsman was responding to the death threat received by spinner Ashton Agar via social media.

“We are aware of social media and you know unfortunate events that can occur on platforms across social media. You know we have got a lot of people working with us [and] we trust our security and everyone involved,” said Smith.

The Australian shared that his countrymen were “feeling incredibly safe” in Pakistan, adding that they will be “guided” by their security and the people that they trust.

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