After A Case of Foot-in-Mouth, Afridi Offers Pakistan an Apology

Emotional Afridi sends out video apology message to disappointed Pakistani fans; says I am answerable only to you.

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I don’t care what other people say about me but I am answerable to you: Afridi (Photo: IANS)

Pakistan’s under-fire cricket captain Shahid Afridi sought forgiveness from the people of his country for failing to live up to their expectations during a shambolic World Twenty20 campaign in India.

I don’t care what other people say about me but I am answerable to you (people of Pakistan). Today, I, Shahid Afridi, seek forgiveness from the people of Pakistan for not living upto the expectations that you had from this team and me.
Shahid Afridi
For 20 years I have played this game and I have carried the star on my chest for 20 years. I enter the field with the emotions of the whole country with me. This team was not just a team of 11, it was a team of my whole country.
Shahid Afridi

Afridi, who is currently in Dubai, is likely to be sacked as captain once he returns to the country. The flamboyant all-rounder is also expected to announce his decision on his cricketing future after the Pakistan Cricket Board made it clear that his place in the side is not guaranteed.

The 36-year-old also found himself mired in controversy during Pakistan’s World T20 campaign.

First, he drew flak in Pakistan for stating that he and his players are loved more in India than back home. Later, Pakistan lost three of their four group stage games, including a high-voltage clash against arch-foes India, to bow out of the tournament.

Amid the dismal on-field run, Afridi stirred up another controversy by specifically thanking Kashmiris for cheering his team in Mohali.

The remark was criticised by the BCCI and Board Secretary Anurag Thakur said that the cricketer should avoid making political statements.

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