Afridi clashes with reporter over captaincy question

Source:  Tribune Published in Current Affairs on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi had a verbal clash with the reporter while talking to the media just before a practice match at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

According to Express News, a reporter asked the veteran all-rounder about how he can improve his captaincy in 2016, as it was the worst amongst top-eight T20I teams in terms of win-loss ratio. The angered Pakistan T20I captain replied with a sarcastic comment that he could have only expected that reporter to ask such a ‘low’ question.

After the media talk, Afridi went straight to the practice match, whereas reporters went to Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam, and protested over Afridi’s behaviour, and asked for an apology from the Pakistan T20I captain.

Earlier, the 35-year-old said that Amir never lied to him, and that’s why he supported his comeback in the national team.

“When I met him [Amir] in England, he accepted his mistake the very first time, and then he remained quiet and never criticized the team,” said Afridi.

“When he accepted the mistake, completed his punishment, and now he is performing in competitive cricket, so it’s natural that he deserves a chance and that’s why I backed his selection.”

Afridi went on to say Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif’s case is different, and they should look at their own behaviour before thinking about representing Pakistan again. “Salman and Asif should look at themselves,” said Afridi.

“They lied to the whole nation for two-three years, and then they criticised Pakistan team on television sitting in different shows.”

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