Pakistan news March 23, 2012

Afridi involved in scuffle at airport


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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  • Saud 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 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?

  • kas 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!!!!

  • Shaz 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!

  • Shahrukh Sultan on March 25, 2012, 8:52 GMT

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

  • Abdullah 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.

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

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

  • MD. Shakir 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..

  • A 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.

  • mohammad 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?

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