Lahore - Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi found himself in the middle of a storm by admonishing a television reporter during a press conference after his captaincy credentials were questioned.

Afridi, who is currently training with the Pakistan side at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, was talking to reporters about the team’s plans for the 2016 World T20 in March, when a question by a reporter ticked off the outspoken all-rounder. “Your record has not been as impressive as previous Pakistan T20 captains, do you think there is a need to change the way you are leading the side,” the reporter asked.

Responding to the question, Afridi smiled before letting loose. “I expected you to ask such a pathetic and cheap question,” he said.

Afridi’s response triggered a small protest by the media outside stadium, with reporters demanding an apology form the T20 captain. The 35-year-old has a record of being frank in his views, something which has led to him being sanctioned in the past.

The sports journalists said that it was a very professional question and Afridi behaved very rudely so he should mind his words. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials tried their best to cool down the journalists who were furious due to Afridi’s rude behavior.