ICC not pleased with Afridi's conduct in Kanpur

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

GWALIOR, India: Shahid Afridi may have apologised to Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir for his outburst during the third one-dayer in Kanpur but the Pakistani all-rounder is now under a scan and could face penalties if he doesn’t toe the line in the remaining games of the series.

According to well-placed sources, International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Roshan Mahanama is not very pleased with the conduct of Afridi in the Kanpur One-day International (ODI) and could take strict action against the cricketer whom India media is now describing as the new bad boy of Pakistan cricket if he crosses the line again during the ongoing series against India.

Afridi needled Gambhir soon after the Indian batsman came to the crease leading to a war of words between the two right in the middle and fully captured by the cameras. It didn’t stop there as Afridi came in Gambhir’s way after delivering the next ball and tempers started to flare again and finally the umpires had to intervene.

Later Pakistan captain said that he went up to Gambhir and apologised for the incident. Afridi revealed after the match that he has also said sorry to the Indian cricketer saying that he shouldn’t have lost his cool.

Gambhir may have accepted the apology but the Indian media is not willing to let it go. Newspaper and television reports here are branding Afridi as the newest bad boy of Pakistan cricket, having edged his teammate Shoaib Akhtar for that unwanted tag.

A report here pointed out that
“Afridi was banned for a Test and two one-dayers for deliberately damaging the pitch during the second Test against England, caught the ire of the match referee for this on-pitch altercation with Rahul Dravid. And now his latest face-off with Gambhir has only furthered his new reputation.”

It added that ‘Pakistan cricket’s original bad boy Shoaib Akhtar’ has also given his thumbs down to such behaviour and is urging his teammates to be more mannered.
“I think these things happen on the field, its gone too far. Mannerisms need to be maintained,”
he was quoted as saying.

Shoaib, who recently served an international ban for hitting his teammate Mohammad Asif with a cricket bat, has been trying to shed his bad boy image in recent days by visiting orphanage in Chandigarh and a centre for special children in Lucknow.

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