Pakistan news March 23, 2012

Afridi involved in scuffle at airport

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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has been involved in a scuffle with a member of the public at Karachi airport. Afridi was returning from Dhaka, where Pakistan had won the Asia Cup, and lost his temper after being mobbed by fans on his arrival.

Television footage showed Afridi, wearing a red t-shirt, walking towards his car while being surrounded by fans taking pictures and wanting autographs. After a point Afridi, visibly angry, lost his temper and threw a few punches at some people. His brother, Mushtaq, intervened and prevented the situation from getting worse.

Afridi said he did not want to hurt anyone but had lost his temper when his three-year-old daughter was caught in the middle of the crowd. "It was an unpleasant situation," Afridi told ESPNcricinfo. "It is common that fans come and seek autographs but there was no security to keep the public in limits.

"While I was walking down to my car, where my daughter was standing with flowers in her hand, she was caught in the commotion. She hurt her nail, but otherwise she's fine."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • SaudAlvi on March 26, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    There needs to be a 10 ft. rule .. i.e. DON'T get closer thn 10 ft . Keep your fan love to yourself its your problem not his lol , I would never go up to a "star" unless he/she acknowledges me and seems warm to an up close interaction.

  • salman_0902 on March 26, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    BOOM BOOM al the way. He did the right thing, because it came to him. Pakistani fans or public in general, when they see the Their heroes. They just can't get enough of them. They would touch them tap them hug them. Pushing all around. so just understand there are hundreds of people want to do to one person what will happen to that person?

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on March 26, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Comon guys I'm a big fan of Afridi aswell, but that doesnt mean I should mob over his kids and tread on them just to get near him for his autograph. What nonsense is this, its that silly brainless fan that is at wrong, not Afridi. Afridi did the right thing, go Afridi....... booooooom booooom!!!!

  • shaz101 on March 25, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    understand the frustration he had after his daughter was hurt but why bring his daughter to the airport where he knows people will be waiting for him...also use common sense if his daughter was there than arrange for some security himself... surely couple thousands wouldn't have harmed his wealth!

  • ahmed.shahrukh on March 25, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Shahid bhai did the right thing.. Anyone did not has the right to hurt his little daughter..

  • pak94fan on March 24, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Everyone's apologized, it was a 'spur of the moment' thing... I can understand his reaction, parents will always be protective of their kids, specially such young ones... the security was at fault here, no one else.

  • AlbertEinstein on March 24, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Afridi is not only a boom boom with bat, he's also a Boom Boom with fists.

  • Shakirceragem on March 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    I don't think he did anything wrong...We know that he has a lot of fan all over the country... In that situation it is really tough to hold your temper .. End of the day, he is a human..I expect fan should not cross their limit..

  • cricket_fan_1980 on March 24, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Come on guys, any sensible person would do exactly the same thing: protect your loved ones. Fans anywhere can get pretty carried away, and you're forgetting how big a star Afridi is, he will get mobbed if they're no barriers etc. I say the fault lies entirely with the security at the Karachi airport. They should have done something simple even, like have 4 or 5 of the hundreds of armed security there, and just properly escorted him out. That wouldn't even be a strain on the resources there. Don't blame the fan, he just got carried away in the heat of the moment, star-struck. Cricket is for the fans. Don't blame Afridi, he basically protected his young daughter, who wouldn't do that? Seriously? Certainly blame Karachi Airport Security, they should have prevented an incident like this from happening. Anyway, hardly a big deal, whats done is done, everyone is happy, this incident is really a non-issue.

  • dmqi on March 24, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    I can see two bearded man in the push, which one is Afridi, the white shirt or the red shirt? Where is the referee?

  • SaudAlvi on March 26, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    There needs to be a 10 ft. rule .. i.e. DON'T get closer thn 10 ft . Keep your fan love to yourself its your problem not his lol , I would never go up to a "star" unless he/she acknowledges me and seems warm to an up close interaction.

  • salman_0902 on March 26, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    BOOM BOOM al the way. He did the right thing, because it came to him. Pakistani fans or public in general, when they see the Their heroes. They just can't get enough of them. They would touch them tap them hug them. Pushing all around. so just understand there are hundreds of people want to do to one person what will happen to that person?

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on March 26, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Comon guys I'm a big fan of Afridi aswell, but that doesnt mean I should mob over his kids and tread on them just to get near him for his autograph. What nonsense is this, its that silly brainless fan that is at wrong, not Afridi. Afridi did the right thing, go Afridi....... booooooom booooom!!!!

  • shaz101 on March 25, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    understand the frustration he had after his daughter was hurt but why bring his daughter to the airport where he knows people will be waiting for him...also use common sense if his daughter was there than arrange for some security himself... surely couple thousands wouldn't have harmed his wealth!

  • ahmed.shahrukh on March 25, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Shahid bhai did the right thing.. Anyone did not has the right to hurt his little daughter..

  • pak94fan on March 24, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Everyone's apologized, it was a 'spur of the moment' thing... I can understand his reaction, parents will always be protective of their kids, specially such young ones... the security was at fault here, no one else.

  • AlbertEinstein on March 24, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Afridi is not only a boom boom with bat, he's also a Boom Boom with fists.

  • Shakirceragem on March 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    I don't think he did anything wrong...We know that he has a lot of fan all over the country... In that situation it is really tough to hold your temper .. End of the day, he is a human..I expect fan should not cross their limit..

  • cricket_fan_1980 on March 24, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Come on guys, any sensible person would do exactly the same thing: protect your loved ones. Fans anywhere can get pretty carried away, and you're forgetting how big a star Afridi is, he will get mobbed if they're no barriers etc. I say the fault lies entirely with the security at the Karachi airport. They should have done something simple even, like have 4 or 5 of the hundreds of armed security there, and just properly escorted him out. That wouldn't even be a strain on the resources there. Don't blame the fan, he just got carried away in the heat of the moment, star-struck. Cricket is for the fans. Don't blame Afridi, he basically protected his young daughter, who wouldn't do that? Seriously? Certainly blame Karachi Airport Security, they should have prevented an incident like this from happening. Anyway, hardly a big deal, whats done is done, everyone is happy, this incident is really a non-issue.

  • dmqi on March 24, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    I can see two bearded man in the push, which one is Afridi, the white shirt or the red shirt? Where is the referee?

  • mazii on March 24, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Afiridi shouldn't have lost his equanimity and anger at the time of this incidence. I agree that everyone will be angry after seeing his/her loved ones getting hurt. Here intentions matter and the fan didn't intentionally do that, but Afridi isn't a cool customer. PCB should have provided security to the stars otherwise these kind of incident is bound to happen. Afridi shouldn't have done this but he did this and he needs to be careful next time around otherwise these kinds of quibbles could ransack his fame.

  • Amansharief on March 24, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    The mail Culprit here is not the Airport Security,not Afridi,not the fan either..its the scum media, Media is most heinous and political stream in the entire world, it boost itself stating that it shows people the clear picture but it exactly does the other way, they make someone a scape goat and run their story on...they are the most disgusting creatures on earth.

  • on March 24, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    its sad that his daughter hurt...but he should realise that its the fans who run the game and bcz of them he is what he is today.....who knows that fan wud hav cum to c him from miles away...or he wud hav cum frm a place what afridi cud never imagine..respect every fan..

  • on March 24, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    boom boom he is nervous all da time

  • MianNasir on March 24, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST FANS TO MAINTAIN YOUR GRANDEUR AND DO NOT CREATE PANIC FOR YOUR STARS, THE REACTION OF AFRIDI IS JUSTIFIED. AND WE STILL LOVE HIM.

  • Jack_India on March 24, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    @ Gufran Rehman : This would have never happened in England. The airport security would have taken care of the players and the public would not have been allowed to cross their limits. Afridi had to take matters into his own hands because the airport security failed to do their job.

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Any father has reacted in such a way........fans are crazy ---- fan & media should respect personal life..... good to hear fan has apologised and so Afridi.............

  • on March 24, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    I would be angry too if some one cause harm to my kids.

  • on March 24, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    He is a good player BUT he should be PUNISHED because he is not above the law !! If this was a English crickiter a investigation would have been held and the appropriate punishment given .

  • youfoundme on March 24, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Good on him, people should be considerate of another individuals personal space. If there is some sort of punishment involved with this, I will be utterly disappointed - not only as a fan of cricket, but as a human being.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    he didnt do anything wrong. being fan is awesome, but being annoying? its so not on! nobody will tolerate their loved ones to be hurt, let alone his little daughter.

  • Jawed_300 on March 24, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I think AFridi has done the right thing, no one can see her daughter hurt like this.

  • K.A.K on March 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    With lot of fame comes some pain too. It is a sad incidence. What we need in our society is a bit more of sensitivty towards respect and well-being and safety for all the kids.

  • maqk on March 24, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    yes stars have emotions, its quite possible he did not like the way our super crazy fans mistakenly ignored his daughter in their fan madness, but a father cant tolerate this, i cant at least, call me intolerant or whatever, some1 steps over my 3 year old and i should be intolerant abt it

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    We are with u BOOM BOOM SHAHID AFREEDI...!!!...GR8

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Yes I'm with Afridi.....keep going...winning Match and MOM...try Opening in ODI and T20....we want Afridi as ODI and T20 Captain....

  • SherjilAhmed on March 24, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    A lesson learnt the hard way both ways. The emotions of people result in scuffles and the reaction by Shahid is also natural. Adeel Choudhry has rightly pointed out that kids should be kept home for such arrivals, however, the actual responsibility was of Airports Security Force (ASF), which was missing.

    Hope nothing of this sort ever happens again. Insha 'Allah.

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Some comments are in the favor of fans. Just put yourself (fan) in his shoes and imagine, when you return to your country, do you want to see your fans or family to whom you are coming back to.... I trust the anticipation is same from family itself to receive their loved ones. It's easy to say family should stay home but none of us can imagine the trauma. I guess the above scenario killed a few star's from becoming a star, if the treatment towards your loved ones is questioned!

  • on March 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    like one journalist said on tv last night ..'' this has never happened with afridi in his cricket career...there must have been something which provoked him to do what he did...''.... and lets face it guys...we fans get a little out of control ourselves as well...especially with stars like afridi. Some negligence on part of the security as well....and I am sure this isnt the first time Afiridi's family has not come to the airport to greet him. nevertheless, a very trivial issue to boast on the news.... pls move on.

  • sirvivfan on March 24, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Everybody knows supporters crowds all can get of control? No problem in the way Afridi reacted! There should have been security for the players! I know Afridi first hand when he played for Hampshire, he is respectful and obliging to supporters? Riazuddin

  • reality_check on March 24, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Afridi shouldn't have lost his cool but I can see why he did it. His daughter, who is not visible in the video frame but was there as you can see towards the end Afridi guiding her towards the open car door, was caught in the middle. This is not right from the fans plus where was Karachi airport security? Fans will mob their favourite players if unchecked but it's the responsibility of the local authorities to see things don't get out of control.

  • on March 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @Adeel Choudhry... Come on man what are you writing. Remember stars are also human beings and they also have sentiments and emotions. Why you are blaming Afridi's daughter and family for going to airport. It is very natural for loved ones to go to airport for bidding farewell and receiving. It is very common and you cannot blame Afriidi or his daughter for that. Afridi might be star for fans but for his little daughter he still a loving father and she has no fault at all in going to airport to receive her father. Fans should respect the privacy of stars. Instead of blaming Afridi 'The Father' I think blame should go to fans for their blind love and security for not being able to control the crowd.

  • on March 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Thumbs Up for Afridi.We are still with you. Boom Boom Gifted Asia Cup 2012 after magical bowling spell on the right time when Pakistani team looking to push pressure back on Bangladesh Team. And In batting he was superb.

  • on March 24, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    This is not acceptable at all from any player, fans came to see him and wasted their time, and he can spare time for kids at home. This is an excuse and he should respect the fans as well. There is no picture available of his daughter at all at the time of incident, simply ridicules. He should offer his apology to his fan or should be ban and penalized. I'm his fan too but such kind of behavior is not acceptable at all. PCB should intervene in this matter.

  • on March 24, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    If I was in his place I would have also done the same if someone had touched my daughter!family is family. People should know their limits.

  • on March 24, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    This is not the fault of Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan government should have provided him the security.

  • on March 24, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Afridi, like any other superstar in life, is an easy target in such situations. Anyone should ask himself before criticizing Afridi what would he have done if something like this happens to his own daughter. Many a times fans cross their boundaries / instigate players & still expect players to react only in the way they (Fans n question) want players to.

    My sympathies & support with Shahid & his family.

  • pak_fan11 on March 24, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    he cant hit a fan.... thats shame...without fans a cricketer is nothing, he lost his temper becouse he is aggressive and asia cup did not went well for him, no other cricketer would have done what shahid did. I cant believe peoples werer still cheering for him after the incident. I think he hit the guy publicaly on camera, he should appologise to him in front of camera... gona show some maturity man you are playing for long time now.

  • Muzzammil_Shahid on March 24, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    we all with you Boom Boom Afridi

  • khurramsch on March 24, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    he cleared it so matter solved. the fan who fell by his push said on tv that he still loves afridi & its ok

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Any star should be wise enough to foresee that the airport would be jam packed on his arrival and he should stop his family members to come to the airport .I mean he is going home to them isnt he! If afridi's daughter had waited home all this could have been avoided. Afridi is a superstar he should now that people love him and will do anything to see him/have his autograph. I have to say i am a fan and all but i lost some respect for Afridi

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Afridi was forced to do it by the irritating and annoying fans at the airport....no father can see his child being hurt like this....no matter what the media portrays we are always with AFRIDI!

  • TrueLiarr on March 24, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    We'll Always Support afridi Whatever Happens & In this Case He was Rght Because They Harrased His Family and no Father Will Tolerate that Pakistan zindabad

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Afridi is the King. he always love his country men & because of all we supporter Afridi is Boom Boom. we can under stand it was not afridi the cricketer it was Afridi the father Who Loves his doughters more then any thing in this world. i R...emeber one of His interview when host asked him about his family he his reply was his daughters are all his Asset. so we do under stand Afridi The Great Father who show he is not only Great Cricketer but also & protector of his Children. We love you as ever. Geo Boom Boom

  • assadiBasheer on March 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Ofcrs Naufa, All love Afridi. He Loves his daughter dats wy he's done this booom booooom

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    afridi did the right thing,hats off to boom boom :)

    thank Q cricinfo for a balanced article.

  • noufu123 on March 24, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Wow...Its nice to see that all peoples are supporting Afridi...Graet..

  • wasim_007 on March 24, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Yes I'm with Afridi.....keep going...winning Match and MOM...try Opening in ODI and T20....we want Afridi as ODI and T20 Captain....

  • FLying.Horse on March 24, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    People should Love Player,s Rather Then Harrasing Thir Families,,,

  • Ammade on March 24, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    I think it was not the reaction of afridi the cricketer, it was afridi the father ..... he was right at what he was doing. No one should complain.

  • AJ-mal on March 24, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    I think he should have held his nerve just for a few more minutes and this story would have been there. I expect that from a world famous cricketer and world record holder. After all they were his fans.

  • sifatulfat on March 24, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Afridi was not blame because the fans are more that way afridi afride and did this action

  • Pasha71 on March 24, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    People should also take care when the are asking for autograph etc.. His daughter was trapped in the middle of crowed and they were not caring at all. What should be the reaction.....There is no doubt that Afraidi always give respect to crowd and especially Pakistani crowd.

  • on March 24, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    I am with the player. I am all for saying we fans pay their salaries etc., but there are boundaries which some fans cross which would test the patience of a saint.

  • on March 24, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Afridi usually is a very cool temper person when he meet his fans. He always give time at airport, but I can imagine feeling when your daughter is hurt. Good work Mushtaq as well.

  • on March 24, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    i will also support boom boom

  • on March 24, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    gj afridi ... family > all

  • adillove on March 24, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    We are public and we have right to come close to our stars but we have to be careful or incidents like this will happen often thanks to Afridi for not getting the issue bigger or it could got worse easily.

  • doctornikki on March 24, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    afridi did the right thing with so-called fans

  • on March 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    I think Afridi did right bcz he did this just for the save of his daughter.......LALA BOOM BOOM

  • PBs09 on March 24, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    In my opinion, don't judge him as a cricketer, but judge him as a father.

  • Baundele on March 24, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Both Afridi and the fans could behave better; but the main problem is with the security people. Afridi rightly mentioned the reason of this situation.

  • on March 24, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    I also agree with Saad Ahmed. Afridi has no right to hit anyone, And no one has the right to harm his daughter. But when the fans forget their rights, Afridi can forget his too :)

  • Raja.Khurram on March 24, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Thats exactly why I love Cricinfo - they provide balanced view and Afridi's clarification was included in the report. Ever noticed how often Jang, Geo and other channels report the incident without taking views of party involved?

  • da_man_ on March 24, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Can't help but think there must have been an easier and less violent way to diffuse the situation. Nonetheless, understandable reaction in the heat of the moment. Good forward defensive Mushtaq ;)

  • on March 23, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    After a lean series with the bat, Afridi goes BOOM BOOM!

  • riceman1974 on March 23, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Totally support Boom Boom. When a child is involved. Gloves off.

  • on March 23, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    He done the right thing,

  • on March 23, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    I would say that Afridi showed alot of temperament there. I would have hit more punches then afridi after such careless attitude of the fans. Love u lala.. !!(victim, Gul-rehman has said afridi is like his brother and he mistakenly stepped over her daughterand he's sorry about that) issue solved.

  • on March 23, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    afteralll hes a pathannn !!! lolx

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @ rehan hussain : Afridi has no right to hit anyone, And no one has the right to harm his daughter.

    But when the fans forget their rights, Afridi can forget his too :)

  • fata7280 on March 23, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    These so called fans who don't have any manners should be treated like that. Well done Shahid Bhai.... These people deserve it...

  • asimiqbal on March 23, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Afridi did the right thing. Anyone can lose his temper in this kind of situation. You r our HERO for ever.

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Good Job Afridi Bhai, Sometime its too much. I know i have seen how people react.

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    any father would do the same if their child was being harmed by others. you cannot blame Afridi for being a father.

  • ramps2000 on March 23, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    I totally get the context for his reaction and sympathise.

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Afridi did right..Any father would have done this..

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    any father can do the same for his daughter....

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    at least give lesson to idiots those doesn't have manners ....

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Sometimes people have no respect for other's private lives. He is a superstar, fair enough, but the fans have some responsability too. At the the end of the day cricketers are human beings too. Sad incident though. Afridi had no right to hit anyone.

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Pakistan Crickerters are always in the news!!

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    People should understand that he is not just a Hero .. He is an Athletic Father aswell..

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    It is really disappointing from Afridi. No matter, what had happened there, he should have behaved like a human. I hope, PCB will take action against him and he should be publicly made to apologize.

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    defenatly shaid bahi lose his tempare even any body hurt his sole then he will not wait but shaid bahi please cool we are love you too much and you are our national heroo

  • Muzzammil_Shahid on March 23, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    he is right.Fans should respect their mentors.after all they are also a humar beings they have heart of a Father,Brother

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    How little sweet child waiting for her father since she never seen when he was to UAE tour Shame On Geo and Our ppl fan dt nt respect our heroes,, the Kids were Handling Flowers and almost crushed Thank God for saving them

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  • on March 23, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    How little sweet child waiting for her father since she never seen when he was to UAE tour Shame On Geo and Our ppl fan dt nt respect our heroes,, the Kids were Handling Flowers and almost crushed Thank God for saving them

  • Muzzammil_Shahid on March 23, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    he is right.Fans should respect their mentors.after all they are also a humar beings they have heart of a Father,Brother

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    defenatly shaid bahi lose his tempare even any body hurt his sole then he will not wait but shaid bahi please cool we are love you too much and you are our national heroo

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    It is really disappointing from Afridi. No matter, what had happened there, he should have behaved like a human. I hope, PCB will take action against him and he should be publicly made to apologize.

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    People should understand that he is not just a Hero .. He is an Athletic Father aswell..

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Pakistan Crickerters are always in the news!!

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Sometimes people have no respect for other's private lives. He is a superstar, fair enough, but the fans have some responsability too. At the the end of the day cricketers are human beings too. Sad incident though. Afridi had no right to hit anyone.

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    at least give lesson to idiots those doesn't have manners ....

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    any father can do the same for his daughter....

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Afridi did right..Any father would have done this..