Karachi: A war of words has broken out between three big names of Pakistan cricket with veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi describing former stars, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar as "heckle and jeckle".
The dispute broke out after Yousuf and Akhtar made critical comments about Afridi's performance in Pakistan's recent ODI series against South Africa on recent television talk shows.
Yousuf and Akhtar were particularly critical about Afridi and when the former captain returned home on Monday, he minced no words in lashing out at his two former teammates.
"I don't care about what they say. But the way some of these experts behaved and acted as if the team never lost in their time. But to me comments from 'heckle and jeckle' and Mr Bean don't make a difference," a visibly irritated Afridi told reporters at the airport.
Not surprisingly Yousuf and Akhtar didn't take kindly to Afridi's comments about them.
"We have also criticised Misbah-ul-Haq many times but look at his reaction and compare it to Afridi's. It shows the difference between the two," Akhtar said.
Yousuf, also a former captain, said he was appalled by Afridi's reaction.
"I have said it before, he is still like an immature child. Youngsters should not look up to Afridi as their role model."