Miffed with “ghatia” question, Shahid Afridi walks out of press conference
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You can not keep Pakistan cricket out of the news, can you? In a recent controversy, Pakistan’s Twenty20 International (T20I) captain Shahid Afridi left a press conference midway in Lahore after he had a heated exchange of words with a reporter. The media too did not take it well and protested outside the dressing room at the Gaddafi Stadium, demanding an apology from him.

The ugly incident was triggered after a TV reporter asked Afridi what he planned to do as a captain to win the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 since his record as a leader was very poor. In a report from PTI, Afridi, who smiled initially, shot back at the reporter saying: “I expected you to ask such a ‘ghatia’ (pathetic) question.”

The senior cricketer, evidently miffed by the proceedings, left the press briefing immediately prompting the reporters to protest against his behaviour. The media-persons later protested loudly against Afridi outside the dressing room demanding an apology from him before team manager Intikhab Alam came out and diffused the situation.