KARACHI: The altercation between Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi that had been making headlines since Sunday finally settled on Tuesday when the former decided to “forgive” the latter, DawnNews reported.
“Shahid Afridi’s statement disheartened me but I pray for him,” the legendary batsman said, adding, “Being an elder, I forgive him.”
The tussle began when Miandad alleged that Afridi wanted to play a farewell match for money.
Rebuffing Miandad’s claims on Sunday, the former Pakistan T20 captain went ahead to launch an attack on the former Test captain and said: “Money has always been an issue for Miandad.”
Fast-bowling legend Wasim Akram called for “appropriate mediation” in a war of words between the former skippers.
Akram said on Twitter it was “really sad” to see the altercation between the veteran cricketers, adding that the situation called for a quick resolution “instead of this unwanted chaos”.
“Javed Bhai and Shahid mean a lot to me and to Pakistan,” he wrote.
‘No one can accuse me of selling my country’
The flamboyant all-rounder took on the Twitter to express his opinion on the recent development.
“Javed Bhai has pardoned me? Thanks, But has he withdrawn his allegations, what has he got to say to that?” questioned the 36-year-old.
In a series of tweets, Afridi asked Miandad to withdraw his allegations or he will “have to seek answer and justice to clear my reputation in court”.
Adding on the topic, Afridi tweeted: “Nothing matters more to me then playing for my country with pride, no one can accuse me of selling my country.”
He further said, “I want to stress that I have great respect for Javed Bhai he is our hero, our legend, he’s my mentor too. I’ll never lose regard for him.”