Under-fire Afridi skips practice

KOLKATA: A day after creating a furore back home with his “love for India” statement, Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi today skipped the team’s training session, citing “fever”, ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 opener against Bangladesh here on Wednesday.
Pakistani head coach Waqar Younis however said it’s nothing to do with the controversy and added: “It’s not like that. He was not feeling well in the morning… So it’s better to take rest. It’s hot and humid out there.”
Later, giving an update on Afridi, Pakistani team manager Intikhab Alam said he was running fever in the morning.
“He over trained himself yesterday. He’s had slight fever in the morning and we opted to give him rest,” Alam said as the rest of the Pakistani camp trained for more than two hours in the morning.