Shahid Afridi has slammed former Pakistan captain Salman Butt for criticising him following a below par outing at the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, and advised media houses to avoid hiring tainted experts like Butt.
Afridi will be leading a Pakistan All Stars team at the first Twenty20 against an International World XI side, which is the first international match since the Sri Lanka team was attacked in 2009.
Afridi took a swipe at the experts and, in an apparent jab aimed at tainted former skipper Butt, demanded the media to hire people of a clean background only.
"The player who has stained the name of the country in the world and has devastated a great talent such as Mohammad Amir should be shameful of even coming in front of the nation," the Dawn quoted Afridi, as saying.
"Media houses should hire people with a clean background so that such "experts" will not have any weight when they speak," he added.
Butt had criticized Afridi for his below par performance during the World T20, but the all rounder defended his slump, branding it as a bad patch that all cricketers go through.
"There isn't a single cricketer who does not experience a dip in form. I have worked hard during this period but sometimes it is just difficult to come out of a bad patch," Afridi said.
"But I don't run away from challenges and I am a fighter and I will come out of it," he added.
Afridi also rubbished the reports of his ODI retirement, but added that he will not stick around if he feels he is a liability to the team.