Shahid Afridi has spoken concerning the incident when Shoaib Akhtar was despatched again dwelling from the Pakistan group for having hit teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat. Saying that he had no hand within the notorious episode, Afridi stated he had solely gone to save lots of the scenario when he noticed Akhtar offended.
“Things happen within the team when you’re with each other more than you’re with your families. There are some people who can take a joke and some people who can’t. I did not have a hand in the incident, I only went in to save the situation when I saw Shoaib angry,” Afridi stated on a video interview with Samaa.
“Asif had sided with me in a joke which enraged Shoaib and all this happened. But Shoaib has a very beautiful heart, despite all the show of aggression he does. It’s natural for a fast bowler,” Afridi added.
Afridi was referring to the 2007 incident when studies surfaced that pacer Shoaib Akhtar had hit his teammate Mohammed Asif with a bat. The studies have been confirmed later and Akhtar was known as again from the 2007 ICC World T20 in South Africa.
Akhtar had beforehand talked concerning the incident in his autobiography, Controversially Yours, the place he accused Afridi of aggravating the scenario.
“Afridi was aggravating the situation and I swung the bat at both of them. Afridi ducked, but Asif couldn’t get out of the way, the bat struck him on his thighs and he collapsed. I had lost it. I had never behaved like this, especially in the dressing room,” wrote Shoaib.
According to studies from the time, the battle between the 2 began after Asif and Afridi disagreed with Shoaib that he shared the identical stature as Imran Khan in Pakistan cricket.