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Please close the ball-tampering chapter now, pleads Afridi

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2010 12:23 IST

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Ball tampering and infidelity are not even remotely connected but Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi feels if golf superstar Tiger Woods can apologise and move on after his numerous affairs, he too should be forgiven for his “stupid” ball-biting antics during a match.

Afridi hit out at critics calling for his head over the ball tampering incident in the fifth and final one-day international against Australia earlier this month in Perth.

“Look at golf super star Tiger Woods. He made a mistake and he apologised to his followers and chapter may shortly be closed,” he remarked.

Afridi, who returned from Dubai yesterday, said he was deeply hurt and disappointed by the “smear campaign” launched against him.

“I think the ball tampering incident was blown out of proportion by some quarters who wanted to damage my reputation and hurt my career,” Afridi said.

“There is no doubt I committed a big mistake by trying to gnaw into the ball during the match but the fact also is that I accepted my mistake and the match referee banned me for two matches.”