Shoaib blames Afridi for spat

Updated: 12 September 2007 17:37 IST

Shoaib Akhtar said on Saturday that he had been provoked losing his temper by Shahid Afridi and that he would officially complain to the PCB about it.

Lahore:

Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar said on Saturday that he had been provoked losing his temper by Shahid Afridi and that he would officially complain to the Pakistan Cricket Board about it.

Addressing reporters at a press conference, he said: "I respect the PCB's decision to send me home from the World Cup. This was a misunderstanding that has been blown into something big."

Shoaib added that he had already apologised to Mohammad Asif in South Africa and that "we sorted it all out".

"I don't want the Pakistan team to suffer because of me," he said.

The Rawalpindi Express said that Shahid Afridi "said things about my family and I could not tolerate it". Asif had come in the middle and was hurt accidentally, he said.

Shoaib said he wanted to come out clean in front of the public and clear all "misconceptions" about him.

"The media has also contributed to this misunderstanding. The media uses me because any news about me will sell."

The pace said he will prepare a report about Afridi's role and submit it to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

"Ideally what happens in a dressing room should stay there. Don't make me out to be a villain," he added.

Shoiab was called back from South Africa on Friday after he struck Mohammad Asif on his left thigh with a bat during a practice session on Thursday.

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