I seek forgiveness from the people of Pakistan: Watch Shahid Afridi issue an apology after World T20 exit

Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi added that he entered the field with the emotions of the entire country with him.

hidden March 30, 2016 13:55:44 IST
I seek forgiveness from the people of Pakistan: Watch Shahid Afridi issue an apology after World T20 exit

Dubai: A day after coach Waqar Younis' public apology, Pakistan's under-fire cricket captain Shahid Afridi also sought forgiveness from the people of his country for failing to live upto their expectations during a shambolic World T20 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 up to the expectations that you had from this team and me," Afridi said in a brief video message on his official Twitter page.

I seek forgiveness from the people of Pakistan Watch Shahid Afridi issue an apology after World T20 exit

File photo of Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi. Solaris Images

Afridi, who is currently in Dubai, is set to be sacked as captain once he returns to the country. The flamboyant all-rounder is also expected to announce a 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 found himself mired in controversies 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 with Board Secretary Anurag Thakur saying that the cricketer should avoid making political statements. In his video message on Wednesday, Afridi said he has always played with passion for his country.

"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," he said.

The mercurial all-rounder played 27 Tests for Pakistan before retiring from the format in 2010 with 1,716 runs and 48 wickets.
In 398 ODIs, he has 8064 runs and 395 wickets, while 98 T20 International appearances have fetched him 1405 runs and 97 wickets.

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