'Temper' got better of me, says Akhtar

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Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar has put his expulsion from the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa down to "a fit of temper" that led him to smack his team-mate Mohammad Asif with a bat.

The paceman has been sent home by his Board, whose chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf described the incident as "shameful". It happened in the nets during a heated argument. Akhtar said: "I'm feeling very bad. Sometimes you do things in a fit of temper."

The PCB chief executive Shafqat Naghmi said: "Asif didn't suffer any major injury apart from a bruise on his left thigh."