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After bizarre act, Afridi's bizarre explanations

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who is facing a two-match ban for ball tampering, has been in the eye of storm not only for what he has done but also for a number of statements in the media either from Afridi himself or someone connected to him trying to explain the act.

cricket Updated: Feb 01, 2010 19:37 IST

Shahid Afridi, who is facing a two-match ban for ball tampering, has been in the eye of storm not only for what he has done but also for a number of statements in the media either from Afridi himself or someone connected to him trying to explain the act.

Soon after he was charged for ball tampering during the fifth one-dayer against Australia, Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said all he was trying to do was to smell the ball.

"I tried to smell it. There was some things on it that I tried to move," Afridi told ABC radio in his defence. Afridi later pleaded guilty when he was charged by match referee Ranjan Madugalle with article 2.2.9 offence of ICC Code of Conduct for breaching Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket and was handed a ban of two Twenty20 Internationals.

Soon after the incident Afridi said that he tried to tamper with the ball because he was "frustrated" due to the performance of his team.

"I am embarrassed -- I have made a mistake," Afridi told a Pakistani TV channel after the ICC banned him for two Twenty20 internationals. "I was frustrated because the Pakistan team hasn't won any match for quite some time," said Afridi.

Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi's manager has also insisted that the Pakistani all-rounder's desire to win led him to the embarrassing situation. "Shahid's desire to win today was there for all to see. There's nothing more to it, obviously Shahid is very sorry for his actions and as his manager I pray that he has learnt from it," PakPassion.net quoted Umran, as saying.