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Afridi hits back in sexism row Akmal cleared in traffic case

KARACHI, March 14, (AFP): Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Friday sought to bat away controversy over comments he made about women’s cricket, saying he had been quoted out of context. The big-hitting 34-year-old came under fire 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,” Afridi told AFP.

Meanwhile, Pakistani cricketer Umar Akmal was Friday cleared in a traffic violation case after the police officer forgave him, saying he was a “national hero”. The 23-year-old was arrested by Lahore police on February 1 for violating traffic rules and scuffling with policeman Mohammad Zeeshan. He was released on bail after being detained for hours and a local court last month issued a warrant against him, ordering him to appear on March 11. Akmal had denied the charges and accused the police of one-sided action. A court official said magistrate Imtiaz Ahmed dismissed the case after Zeeshan forgave the cricketer. “I have forgiven Akmal because he is a national hero,” Zeeshan told reporters outside the court.

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