I am thankful to Javed Bhai for taking his words back, says Afridi
Pakistan’s legendary batsman, Javed Miandad and the star allrounder, Shahid Afridi settled down their dispute with mutual understanding and decided not to drag the matter any further.
The two released a video together, where Javed Miandad called Shahid Afridi his younger brother and agreed to take his words back that may have hurt the star allrounder.
Shahid Afrdi also stated that he did not want an apology from his senior and former coach, he just wanted Miandad to take back his statement.
Talking to ARY News exclusively, Shahid Afridi said, “I do not want to get into the past, I just wanted to settle down this matter.”
“Javed Bhai has a huge name and has been a legend for us, I did not want to take this matter into the court, so it was a better option to settle down the dispute with mutual understanding,” he said, “It was about my honour, my whole career has been spotless, so I wanted to clear things outside the court,” he added.
“I am thankful to Javed Bhai for taking his words back,” he stated, “These were difficult days for me as my family and fans got hurt by the statement.”
Afridi further told that if Javed Miandad had not taken his words back, he would have gone to the court to get himself a cleanchit.
“We should respect each other, criticize one’s performance, but, do not get personal, it gets negative. People follow you, families watch it, so it is better to be careful with the choice of words,” said the 36-year old.
The star allrounder further said that he did not mind people criticizing his performance, but, things should not get personal. He put it straight that he cannot tolerate personal attacks, in fact no one can bear personal attacks.
He also told that many former cricketers including Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Rashid Latif, Moin Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed talked to him about the incident. However, Miandad gradually realized his mistake and stepped forward to rectify it.
Talking about his farewell game, Afridi said, “I have been listening that I am asking for a match, I have played more than 500 international games, I cannot beg for a game.
I just expressed a wish to play a game in UAE, where there is Pakistani crowd. It is fine if cricket board gives me a farewell game or not, but, I just had a wish to say goodbye in front of my own people.”
He also revealed that he will be meeting Najam Sethi soon and he might disclose the board’s plan.