All-rounder Shahid Afridi on Friday sought to clear his name in the controversy over comments he made about women’s cricket. He stated that saying he had been quoted out of context.
The big-hitting 34-year-old came was severely criticised this week after TV interview footage circulated of him commenting on women’s cooking skills in response to a question about women’s cricket.
Afridi insisted his remarks had been taken out of context by people who wanted to bring him down after his recent heroics in the Asia Cup.
Earlier this month Afridi hit last-over sixes to help Pakistan beat arch-rivals India by one wicket and then smashed a 25-ball 59 to help chase down a 327-run target against hosts Bangladesh.
“I am shocked to listen all the stuff and read some on the social media,” Said Afridi.
“It was a five-month old interview and my half answer was put on the net, which I feel is an attempt to malign my popularity.”
Afridi, who hails originally from the deeply conservative tribal areas along the Afghan border, said he had always backed the women’s game.