Afridi: Trott got off lightly

2010-09-22 09:22

Cape Town - Shahid Afridi claims Pakistan could have called the police over the bust-up between Jonathan Trott and Wahab Riaz in the Lord's nets, according to a report in the

The England batsman and Pakistan's fast bowler traded insults then had to be separated by team-mates as tensions boiled over before Monday's fourth one day international. The incident was in danger at one point of delaying the start of a match.

The game was already in doubt following the claims of Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Ijaz Butt that England's players deliberately lost at the Brit Oval last Friday - in return for "enormous amounts of money".

England captain Andrew Strauss has strongly refuted the accusations.

Pakistan captain Afridi said of the Trott incident: "When Riaz was returning after warming up Trott called him a 'match fixer' and that he [Riaz] was up to harming Test cricket and hit his face with the pad.

"It could have been a police case, because it is crime to hit someone."


  • anon - 2010-09-22 09:56

    Pakistan should be banned indefinately from cricket. Their players, management and cricket board have no integrety whatsoever, and until they can prove otherwise they shouldn't be allowed to compete internationally. Cricket really doesn't need this, and in fact doesn't need Pakistan.

  • mike - 2010-09-22 10:01

    ...Grow a set!!

  • Clint - 2010-09-22 10:09

    Its also a crime to fix a match!

  • WALKER PLUMBERS DURBAN - 2010-09-22 10:22

    But its fine to take money to throw a match............ How kaaak is cricket now. I used to be a cricket fan but with the 20/20 and players not being allowed to give it to one another like in the past it just isnt WELL cricket. Where are the characters of the game gone ?

  • Wally - 2010-09-22 10:23

    I never watch any games where the Pakistanis are involved - I don't know if the games are fixed!!!

  • Greg - 2010-09-22 10:27

    I would have belted those Pakistan player and suffered the consequences later, the bunch of criminal match fixers. Cricket is no longer watched in any form whatsoever in my household because of the dirt it has become.

  • Dave - 2010-09-22 10:31

    Hit someone with a pad ! Whow ! Thank goodness it was'nt a handbag.

  • mullpitta - 2010-09-22 10:42

    Lucky he didn't hit Wahab with his handbag.

  • Zolani - 2010-09-22 10:48

    And in Sport, Stay tuned for next weeks Cricket Results.

  • FOTA - 2010-09-22 10:49

    The Pakistanis have been cricket criminals forever. If it is not match fixing then it is ball tampering. This is all just a smokescreen to deflect opinion. Why did Afridi not raise this at the time - he was quoted as saying it was not a big issue and it was part of on field sledging. K#K man, it is the Pakis trying to defend but bweing too thick to get their stories sorted out.

  • Infidel - 2010-09-22 11:04

    Afridi you are a wuss. Making a pathetic complaint about nothing. Pakistan cricket should be banned, because they will never clean up their cricket with all those crooked players and officials. World cricket does not need pakistan cricket, or pakistan.

  • oh hell no - 2010-09-22 11:11

    haven't the pakis brought enough shame to the table. They should be banned from international cricket.Sies!

  • Tommy1 - 2010-09-22 11:16

    I do not know what the fuss is about. The game of cricket started and was developed hand in hand with bookies so why are people being surprised about this. Does the public really think that a 20/20 game can come down to a super over or is it to get the public once again more intrested in cricket and not to mention the exchange of money that goes on. Please look at the bets and how one coould bet in conjuction with what happens on the field and then it will all make sense. This match fixing and betting is just what takes place in cricket.

  • Revod - 2010-09-22 11:33

    I think the honesty of all professional sport is in doubt. Before criticising other teams, just go back to the "Hansie" saga and there was an interesting article in Sunday Times where a player admits team considered throwing a match for big money. I am wondering if the Proteas are "chockers" or match fixers !!

  • durbsguy - 2010-09-22 11:37

    This tomfoolery with Pakistan has to stop. The've been bringing the game into disrepute for far too long and should be banned indefinately. Waqar Younis with ball tampering, Kamran Akmal, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, match fixing yet again. Shoaib Akthar and Mohammed Asif with there drug taking. Inzamam Ul-Haq with his Toronto and Oval incidents. These guys should be role models and not treated like english footballers who have spoilt the game of soccer, getting away with murder

  • aholes - 2010-09-22 12:15

    Yes let's just blame the Pakis all the time and completely let England off the hook - Pakistan are certainly the bad boys of the cricketing world but the English are just a bunch of tossers too. If you're gonna hand ou punishment then do so fairly - had that been a Pakistani hitting an Englishman there would have been hell to pay! The English are the most full of crap nation on the planet, bunch of bitches.

  • Pakistani - 2010-09-22 12:30

    It is widespread knowledge that South African players are filthy rich due to "match-fixing" and ensuring that they lost crucial matches where they are clear favourites. They have been termed 'chokers' for this but the truth is yet to be revealed. Pakistan, India and South Africa are the bookies godsend and statistics speaks for itself. When the Hansie saga broke out, everyone thought that there was no way it could be true, but was proved otherwise. Graeme Smith, Kallis, Boucher and Gibbs are all guilty until proven innocent in the bookie world. It becomes a racial issue in SA (WATCH THIS SPACE)

  • Gotti - 2010-09-22 13:20

    Wake up! When West Indies were the World beaters with the bets bowlers in the world, the rules were changed to 2 bounces per over, today it is one. When the world saw teenage sensation Amir, they accuse him of spot fixing. When Murali was on his way to be the best bowler at the time Warne played they said he was chucking, when akhtar was faster than Lee and Donald they found fault with him... Racism sadly is alive and well... This young Pakistan team can beat anyone on any day ....

  • Pots - 2010-09-22 13:28

    Phone Oprah Afridi, maybe she cares. And while you at it, jump on a plane along with the rest of your cheating team mates and go play back yard cricket in Pakistan

  • andre - 2010-09-22 14:43

    why is pakistan still allowed to take part in sport. im not saying no one else is involved with fixing, but everytime pakistan's involved there is trouble. they fall out of a world cup and the coach dies, you go play there they shoot or bomb your bus, now fixing matches again.

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