In the brief video message, Afridi began by stating that whenever he went into the cricket ground for the past twenty years, he represented the people of Pakistan.
“When I used to walk down the ground as a cricketer with this star on my shirt, I felt I was representing the people of Pakistan,” he said. “I never thought of this team as a team of eleven players, but a team of two hundred million people,” continued Afridi.
The pinch-hitter also said that he did not care about what anyone said or did but he only cared about the people and held himself accountable towards them.
“Whatever happens tomorrow, I swear to God I don’t care what anyone says about me,” he said. “I only consider myself answerable to you,” he said, in an obvious reference to the people.
Shahid Afridi refused to appear before the PCB facts finding committee yesterday, citing domestic engagements. The cricketer said if anyone wanted to ask him anything, they could phone him.
Waqar Younis appeared before the committee yesterday and apologised to the nation for not living up to the nation’s expectations. Waqar had also said that if removing him was the answer, it should be done immediately.