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Disappointed Afridi vows to respond to Butt's criticism

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is disappointed by the criticism from PCB chief Ijaz Butt and said he would respond to the remarks after consulting his lawyers when he returns home on July 17.

cricket Updated: Jul 10, 2011 13:24 IST

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is disappointed by the criticism from PCB chief Ijaz Butt and said he would respond to the remarks after consulting his lawyers when he returns home on July 17.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ijaz Butt spoke at length about the board's recent feud with Afridi and highlighted how the allrounder had tried to use political clout to pressurise the board. Butt also held Afridi responsible for Pakistan's defeats in the last two one-day internationals in the West Indies.

Manager Intikhab Alam in his interview talked about how some players tried to interfere in management and leaked out team information to the media. Although he didn't take any names but Intikhab said he was aware who these players were. Afridi reacting to the interviews has told "Geo News" from London that he will be consulting his lawyers when he returns to Pakistan on July 17.

"I will unmask all these people who are running a smear campaign against me. I don't want to say anything right now because I am enjoying my time with Hampshire but when I return I will also respond to them," Afridi said. Afridi said after having given so much service to Pakistan cricket he was upset at the campaign against him. "I will ask my legion of supporters not to be disheartened I will respond when I return," he said.

A board official, however, said that there was no campaign against Afridi and the matter between him and the PCB was closed. "Whatever the Chairman said about Afridi being responsible for the defeats in the West Indies was based on the tour report of Intikhab.