'Temper' got better of me, says Akhtar

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The Independent Online

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."

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