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Afridi has no team ethics, says VVS Laxman

Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 10:41 [IST]
 
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VVS LaxmanNew Delhi: VVS Laxman, the Deccan Chargers captain, has hit back at Pakistan's Shahid Afridi ,who blamed his captaincy for the team's failure in the Indian Premier League.

Afridi on Monday attributed blame for the Chargers' poor record on Laxman's captaincy, saying the 33-year-old veteran had 'lost the plot' during the tournament. Afridi's outburst prompted an angry reaction from Laxman, who said: "Afridi has no team ethics. He should know it was a collective failure because he was part of the team."

"Afridi has no team ethics. Speaking negatively about the team in public, let alone the captain, is just not on. Being an experienced cricketer, he should not be questioning the way the team functions. I am really shocked to say the least," the stylish Hyderabadi batsman said in an exclusive interview with Cricketnext.com.

Afridi had said that Laxman struggled in IPL because his game was not tailor-made for the Twenty20 format and Australian Adam Gilchrist, who led the side after Laxman fractured his wrist, would have been a better choice.

"Probably it is time someone told Afridi that a captain can only be as good as the team and to blame only me is totally out of place," Laxman said.

"The truth is that the team did not perform to its potential and every player should take the blame for it and try and comeback strongly in the next edition instead of blaming each other," Laxman said.

It is to be noted that, Afridi himself was a big flop with the bat throughout the IPL.

Laxman said some of the matches which his side lost were pretty close and it was disappointing to sit out with injury.

"It was unfortunate and frustrating to sustain the injury when things were looking up as four out of the five matches that we lost under my captaincy were very close and could have gone either way."

"Gilchrist was totally in charge of the game once he took over from me and being a true professional, he does not take orders from others and was instrumental in making the decisions in the middle," Laxman added.

Deccan Chargers were favourites to win the title at the start of the IPL, but they won just two of their 14 matches and finished last in the eight-team tournament.

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