- Apr 5, 2009
One more reason this guy should be kept not only out of IPL but international cricket as well.
SoucePakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has courted controversy yet again. This time the Pathan from Peshawar was caught on camera biting the cricket ball during a match against Australia, which invited the ire of the ICC that slapped him with a 2-match ban. However, Afridi is unrepentant and has gone to say that all teams tamper with the ball.
The International Cricket Council took note of Shahid Afridi's bizarre act at Perth and slapped him with a 2-match ban, which did go well with the all-rounder. Afridi was banned for two Twenty20 Internationals after pleading guilty to a ball-tampering charge during the fifth ODI against Australia by Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle. Afridi, who led Pakistan in the final ODI in place of the unfit Mohammad Yousuf, was caught on camera chewing on one side of the ball while walking to the run up with bowler Mohammad Asif.
Speaking to TIMES NOW, Afridi handed over a bizarre explanation for this crazy exploit. Despite being punished, Afridi remained unrepentant. The Pakistani captain also went on to allege that he is not alone in the business of ball tampering.
He said, "I'm ashamed of myself. I shouldn't have done such an act. It happened in the heat of the moment. I apologise for my mistake. It was a close match and Pakistan had not won any match. We needed a win and I just wanted to help the fast bowlers. I did it on that spur of moment. I have been banned now and I have learnt my lessons. I will ensure it doesn't happen again."
"There is no team in the world that does not tamper with the ball, but yes my method was wrong," added Afridi.
This explanation from Afridi has not gone well with experts and the team management. "It is unfortunate what has happened because Afridi was due to lead Pakistan in the Twenty20 match next week against Australia," said Inthikhab Alam, Coach, Pakistan.
Meanwhile, former cricketers too slammed Afridi for this bizarre act. Moin Khan, Former Pakistani cricketer said, "At least he has the courage to accept his mistake. Unfortunately he did something like this to win the match, which was caught on camera."
Shaun Udal, Former Cricketer, England said, "His stupidity continues to court controversy. He has done something like this in the past. I hope he pays for it properly."
This is not the first time that Afridi has been caught on the wrong side of the law. In 2005, Afridi was banned for twisting his spikes and trying to change the condition of the pitch during a Test match in Faisalabad against England. He was banned for four matches after being found guilty.
In 2007, at the Centurion Park in South Africa, Afridi lost his cool on his way back to the pavilion. The Pathan was banned once again after brandishing his bat at the spectator. In the same year Afridi was involved in an ugly spat with Indian Batsman Gautam Gambhir during the 3rd ODI at Kanpur's Green Park stadium. Afridi however escaped from a ban after this incident.
In the past Pakistan bowlers were often accused of tampering with he cricket ball. However, they always remained defiant and even in one occasion forfeit a Test match, while denying all charges. But Afridi's latest antics seem to have blown the lid off a well kept secret and his allegations are certain to open a can of worms.
What a shameless guy!!!
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