Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has hit back over legendary batsman Javed Miandad’s recent comments that the former T20 skipper “wanted the farewell game only for money”.
Speaking during the book launch ceremony of sports journalist Saleem Khaliq, the 36-year-old all-rounder said that money has always been an issue for Miandad rather than him. Afridi further went on to say that it doesn’t suit the legendary cricketer like Miandad to pass such kind of “irresponsible” comments.
The flamboyant all-rounder insisted that people loved him a lot and, therefore, it doesn’t matter to him much whether he gets the farewell match or not.
“I will meet PCB executive committee’s chairman Najam Sethi and talk to him about what the board wants to do regarding the farewell game,” Afridi was quoted as saying by the Dawn.
Responding to the controversial remark passed by Afridi, Miandad alleged that the former T20 skipper had fixed matches and sold the Pakistan team.
“The whole team had fixed matches. If I had any money related issues, I wouldn’t have left the team, but I did,” the legendary batsman added.
Afridi had made the headlines last month with his demand for a rousing send-off during the three-match T20 series against the West Indies, which Pakistan went on to clean sweep.
“Farewell match is my right”, Afridi had insisted while urging the PCB to provide him with an opportunity to bid adieu to international arena in a befitting manner. Afridi, who stepped down from the captaincy after the World T20 debacle in India, is yet to announce his retirement from the game’s shortest format.
Afridi, who has made 98 T20I appearances, is the leading wicket taker in the shortest format of the game with 97 scalps and has scored 1405 runs at an average of 18.