Shahid Afridi: Pakistan veteran defends himself after row with media

In his defence, Afridi has now stated that he always respects others.

Last Updated: Jan 08, 2016, 13:41 PM IST
Shahid Afridi: Pakistan veteran defends himself after row with media

New Delhi: Senior Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi defended himself after a row with a television journalist in Lahore that prompted the media to briefly boycott coverage of an ongoing training camp.

In his defence, Afridi has now stated that he always respects others. On Thursday, Afridi defended himself by stating he demands respect from others too.

"I always respect others and demand the same from others," he said.

Pakistan's loss against England had seen them slip down to sixth in the ICC T20 rankings from the second position and Afridi has taken the blame.

"It's under my captaincy that the team rose to number two but we made basic errors to lose against England and that affected our rankings."

Earlier, the Pakistani star who is the side's national T20 skipper, was asked by a journalist how would he improve his captaincy after a recent 3-0 loss against England in UAE.

An angry Afridi retorted: "I expected you to ask such a pathetic and low question, someone ask the next question please."

The dismissive reply on live television had ignited anger among journalists, who boycotted the remainder of the planned events on Wednesday and demanded an apology.

Afridi has led Pakistan since Mohammad Hafeez stepped down in 2014.

Pakistan will fly to New Zealand on January 10 to play three Twenty20 matches and three-match ODIs, with the first encounter in Auckland on January 15.

(With agency inputs)