People lied and drag my name in controversies: Afridi

WEB DESK: Former Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi has expressed that he was disappointed that some of people lied to drag his name in the mud.

“It was disappointing that people lied and tried to drag my name in the mud,” he told foreign media, without directly referring to the leaks.

“They tried to save their positions and then I was subjected to a trial by media,” he added. “We played badly and lost but it was not correct to blame one man only. It was a collective failure.”

The 36-year-old was not included in an ongoing boot camp ahead of Pakistan’s tour of England that begins in July but he hopes to force his way back into national contention and put the disastrous World Twenty20 behind him with a strong return to English club Hampshire this season.

Afridi, who retired from one-day internationals last year and from Tests six years ago, said he was looking forward to returning to Hampshire for the first time since 2011.

“It will help me force my way back in the Pakistan Twenty20 team and I will always be ready to play for my country,” he said.

However, Pakistan is set to play four Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 on the tour of England. In September and October, they will host the West Indies in a series either in United Arab Emirates or Sri Lanka. – Business Recorder