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Afridi blasts Hameed in corruption row

Afridi blasts Hameed in corruption row

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi blasted Yasir Hameed as being mentally a teenager over his claims of being duped by a newspaper.

Cardiff: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi blasted Yasir Hameed as being mentally a teenager as the batsman insisted he was duped by a newspaper over betting scam claims which eclipsed the team’s defeat to England.

One-day skipper Afridi tore into Test batsman Hameed, who claimed he had done nothing more than repeat the allegations of “spot-fixing” being faced by three Pakistan players. The row overshadowed Pakistan’s first international game since the scandal rocking the sport first erupted. They were beaten by five wickets in the first of two Twenty20 fixtures against England at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper News of the World — which broke the corruption story engulfing Pakistan’s tour of England — released footage of Hameed in a bar telling an undercover reporter that some Pakistan players were fixing “almost every match”.

first published:September 06, 2010, 08:34 IST