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