Afridi begs nation for forgiveness after poor World T20 performance

Published: March 30, 2016
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi begged the nation for forgiveness after his team was knocked out of the World Twenty20 at the group stage.

In a video posted online late Tuesday, the veteran all-rounder apologised to the nation for a poor show in the mega event. “Today, I would like to apologise to the whole nation for not performing to the standards of what was expected from us,” said Afridi.

“I just want to tell you all that I have represented this green colour for 20 years, and whenever I stepped into the field, I carried the emotions of the people of this country with me,” he continued.

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“The national team did not constitute of eleven players, in fact it represented my whole country.”

The 36-year-old who refused to appear in front of the special committee also went on to say that he is only answerable to the Pakistani nation. “What will happen tomorrow or what people are saying, I swear to God, I don’t care about it because I am answerable to you all.”

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The T20 captain’s statement comes after coach Waqar Younis apologised to the nation earlier on Tuesday before appearing in front of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Fact-Finding Committee, at Gaddfi Stadium, Lahore.

The 2009 champions have been widely blasted by fans following a lacklustre performance with just one victory against lowly ranked Bangladesh and big losses to India, New Zealand and Australia.

Team members were jeered on their return this weekend by huge crowds at Lahore airport, who chanted “Shame! Shame!”

Pakistan’s early exit prompted a wave of criticism in the cricket mad country, with veterans like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik singled out in particular.

Afridi is expected to make a decision about his future very soon.

Here are some twitter reaction to the released statement:

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Abbassin
    Mar 30, 2016 - 11:26AM

    Apology to the country, what a diabolical and shameful political statement? but then again over the years, time and again, you have made statements devoid of any sense and intellect, and this one is no different. Mr. Afridi, first and foremost you owe an apology to your employer, the PCB and then the team and the coaches for your utter failure as a player and a captain. One thing though, your political shenanigans have run their course, and since you have nothing left in the tank to give Pakistan cricket-do the honorable thing and leave, before you are booted out by the PCB management, and deservedly so.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Mar 30, 2016 - 11:30AM

    This is request before you that leave Pakistan Cricket Team at least now by seeing the your most worst ever performance in Asia T20 and ICC WC T20 because you have earned huge amount of money by showing the poorest performance….Recommend

  • Ahmed Shah
    Mar 30, 2016 - 11:39AM

    awww, how cute – now that he has apologized it is ok to let him stay and bring disgrace to the nation for another 10 years.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Mar 30, 2016 - 11:39AM

    By keeping your the most worst and poorest ever performances in view in Asia T20 and ICC WC T20 you have to retire at least now from cricket not only from captaincy and pay your all attentions on your business because you are unfit and unsuitable for cricket now…..Recommend

  • Khalid Khan
    Mar 30, 2016 - 11:43AM

    The guy has no shame he should resign from the team he has always been bad news for the Pakistan team. Very seldom during his checkered history has he made the Pakistan team proud. Enough of him.Recommend

  • YP Mississauga
    Mar 30, 2016 - 11:43AM

    You leave Pakistani cricket and we will forgive you.Recommend

  • Zee
    Mar 30, 2016 - 11:52AM

    Yet another topi drama. If he was really sorry and if he had any bit of self respect, he would have resigned now. Playing for 20 years, he is the dinosaur of cricketing world and yet have not learned a thing or improve/ractify his batting flaws. He is a self serving opportunist who would not let go of any opportunity to continue to leech away for his personal gains.Recommend

  • Sajid Rabbani
    Mar 30, 2016 - 12:00PM

    You know what, he still don’t want to get retired. Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    Mar 30, 2016 - 12:01PM

    Afridi does not need to apologize to Pakistani people. If Pakistani people can not love Arfidi as much as Indians do then they do not deserve an apology either. In fact Afridi should apologize to India that even-though they love him more then Pakistanis , Pakistani team lost to India by 6 wickets only . He should apologize to the Indians that Pakistan took the 4 Indian wickets and India could not win by 10 wickets. . Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 30, 2016 - 12:29PM

    Poor attempt to buy another two years….of time for his TV commercials. Recommend

  • Fahad
    Mar 30, 2016 - 12:42PM

    and the drama to stay in the team begins with such emotional clips…these people have fooled the nation so many times and yet we fall for such acts…why does he still wants to stay on?Recommend

  • waqas
    Mar 30, 2016 - 1:07PM

    well… Mr. Afridi, the Nation also begs forgiveness after your consistent poor performances and ask you politely to keep your word on Retirement! thanksRecommend

  • abcd
    Mar 30, 2016 - 1:37PM

    in the words of a “great” prime minister of Pakistan…. “So why don’t they just leave???”Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2016 - 1:39PM

    Too little, too late Mr. Afridi. You charmed your way into the PCB boardroom and made a hash of cricket. The entire cricket establishment needs a revamping chane…let it be seminal. Salams Recommend

  • Imran Bhatt
    Mar 30, 2016 - 6:27PM

    In all of his intent and purpose, he is begging PCB to let him minting money at the expense of future of cricket in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khalid Khan
    Mar 30, 2016 - 9:17PM

    Afridi bhai we beg you that it is high time you quit cricket at all levels.Recommend

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