KARACHI, Sept 8 Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib
Akhtar blamed Shahid Afridi for a spat which led him to hit
Mohammad Asif with a bat in the build-up to the Twenty20 World
Cup in South Africa.
Akhtar was sent home following the incident and told a news
conference on Saturday that he would lodge an official complaint
against Afridi with the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The 32-year-old said he lost his temper during a nets
session on Thursday after Afridi made an offensive remark about
"Afridi was responsible for the fight. He made some ill
remarks about my family. And I could not tolerate them," said
Akhtar, who had struck Asif on the thigh with a bat during a
"I never hit Asif intentionally. It just happened
accidentally. In my 10 years with the team I have never fought
like this with anyone. But Afridi's remarks provoked me."
Akhtar said he was devastated at having to return home.
"This incident has shattered me. I have been painted as a
villain by the media. I just wanted to clear the facts of the
incident today," he added.
Afridi told Geo TV from Johannesburg that he was shocked at
the accusations made against him by Akhtar.
"He has always been like an elder brother to me. I don't
know why he is lying but I know if I had not stepped in Asif
could have suffered more injuries," he said.
Asif suffered a bruised thigh following the incident.
The Pakistan board has placed an indefinite ban on Akhtar
and a disciplinary hearing is to be held after the team returns
from South Africa.
The Twenty20 tournament begins on Tuesday.