A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Shahid Afridi lashes out at Salman Butt for criticising his performance during World T20

Afridi noted that he still has some energy left in the tank

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has launched a scathing attack against disgraced batsman Salman Butt after he was heavily criticised for his poor performance throughout the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.

Recently, Butt was hired by a TV channel for his expert views on the game, but Afridi advised media companies not to hire tainted players.

The Dawn quoted Afridi as saying: “The player who has stained the name of the country in the world and has devastated a great talent such as Mohammad Amir should be shameful of even coming in front of the nation, media houses should hire people with a clean background so that such “experts” will not have any weight when they speak.”

In response to Butt’s criticisms, Afridi noted that all great players went through a rough patch, but it is their nature of being one of the most talented players in international cricket that allows them to bounce back soon enough.

“There isn’t a single cricketer who does not experience a dip in form. I have worked hard during this period but sometimes it is just difficult to come out of a bad patch, but I don’t run away from challenges and I am a fighter and I will come out of it,” Afridi added.

Afridi added that the rumours surrounding his retirement from ODI cricket were totally false, but hinted that he may call it a day if he fails to be an asset for the team in the future.

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