Afridi apologises for Pakistan’s World T20 debacle
Karachi: Pakistan’s T20 skipper Shahid Afridi on Wednesday offered apologies after admitting his failure to meet the nation’s expectations.
Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals after losing three consecutive group matches in the World T20, including a humiliating loss to arch-rivals India.
The team, including Afridi, and the management was heavily criticised for their dismal performances. Afridi took to Facebook to convey his anguish.
“I am here to answer to you,” Afridi said in a video post, Dawn reported.
“And today I seek forgiveness from you because the hopes you had from me and my team, I could not live up to them.
“When I wear this uniform, when I walk onto the pitch, I carry with me the sentiments of my countrymen. This is not a team of just 11 players, it is made up of every Pakistani,” he added.
Afridi’s apology comes a day after Pakistani’s head coach, Waqar Younis, also offered an apology to the nation during a “fact-finding” enquiry conducted to probe the team’s performance during the series.
“I’ve been very hurt by the situation (surrounding Pakistan cricket) and my comments show it. I apologise to the nation. If my leaving makes things better, then I will do it without delay,” Afridi said.