New Delhi: The ugly spat between two Pakistan former captains Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi ended with a warm hug on Saturday.
The bitter of war words threatened to open up fresh match fixing allegations, but thanks to mediation from the likes of Wasim Akram, it ended with Miadad taking back his word and Afridi tendering an apology.
At one point, the feud got so intense that it reached the underworld realms with Dawood Ibrahim reportedly warning Afridi with dire consequences.
It all started after Miandad made a remark on the ongoing issue with Afridi's farewell match. The 59-year-old had said that "Afridi wants a farewell match only for the money.”
Afridi responded to the remark, saying "Javed Miandad has been thinking about money all his life and he still is. A cricketer of his stature should not do such cheap talks. This was the difference between Imran Khan and Miandad."
But on Saturday, Miadad said "Things are said in the heat of the moment and I also said some inappropriate things in the heat of the moment. I take them back."
In response, Afridi said that "What Javed bhai said caused me and my family pain but I also understand now what I said about him was not warranted and would have hurt him and I say sorry to him for that."
Both hugged each other, and exchanged sweets to finally signal the end of their dispute. Here's the video:
Miandad, considered one of the greatest batsmen of the game, played 124 and 233 Test and ODI matches respectively for Pakistan. Afridi, a flambouyant all-rounder, represented their national team in 27 and 398 in Test and ODI matches respectively.