Shahid Afridi’s homecoming after a successful Asia Cup campaign was marred by an overtly exultant fan accidently hurting his daughter in an effort to catch a glimpse of the star.
With security almost non-existent, Afridi tried desperately to make his way through the large crowds that had gathered to greet him on his arrival at Jinnah International Airport.
As he neared his car, where his daughter waited, an eager fan accidently stepped on her toes.
Unable to restrain himself, Afridi reacted angrily, shoving the fan away and threatening to smack another.
“I was not able to control myself. My daughter was there and someone stepped on her toes,” Afridi said, while talking to the Express News on Friday evening. He also blamed security officials for not providing him with an adequate escort.
“I realise I should not have done it,” he conceded, before issuing an apology.
Earlier, while speaking to reporters on the airport, Afridi had called for a long term strategy for focusing on strengthening cricket’s domestic structure.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2012.
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