LAHORE Ball-tampering was not even remotely connected with Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi but he says if golf superstar Tiger Woods can apologise and move on after his numerous affairs, he too should be forgiven for his ball-biting antics during a match. Afridi hit out at critics calling for his head over the ball tampering incident in the fifth and final One-Day International against Australia earlier this month in Perth. Look at golf super star Tiger Woods. He made a mistake and he apologised to his followers and chapter may shortly be closed, he remarked. Afridi, who returned from Dubai on Monday, said he was deeply hurt and disappointed by the smear campaign launched against him. I think the ball tampering incident was blown out of proportion by some quarters who wanted to damage my reputation and hurt my career, Afridi said. There is no doubt I committed a big mistake by trying to gnaw into the ball during the match but the fact also is that I accepted my mistake and the match referee banned me for two matches. The way I look at it once the ICC match official had taken action against me the matter should have been closed but yet some quarters have tried to make it look as if I have committed a big crime and brought shame on my country. I have said before others have also made similar mistakes in the past and even got away with it, Afridi was quoted by a website. The all-rounder, who is set to get back the Twenty20 captaincy for the World Cup, said his mistake was a result of sheer frustration during the tour in which Pakistan were whitewashed in all three formats of the game. I dont know what came over me it was a stupid thing to do, but the bottom line is I have been officially punished for the mistake, he said. I did a wrong thing in deep frustration for the country. More controversial incidents have taken place in the past on and off the cricket field but with time they die down or go unnoticed but I think now the media is much stronger then it was in the past, he regretted. Malik not interested in retaining captaincy All-rounder Shoaib Malik, who captained Pakistan in the recent T20 international series against England in Dubai, has made it clear he does not harbor any desires of long term captaincy. Pakistan team had been under lot of pressure in recent matches and the win over England on Saturday had released a lot of that pressure, Malik was quoted as saying at Pakistan was whitewashed in the Test and one-day series in Australia and also lost their lone T20 international to the Australians and then the first match against England in Dubai. There is no doubt that when you are constantly losing matches you tend to get into a losing mentality and come under pressure. It happens to every international sportsmen and it happened to us as well. But now that we have finally broken this losing streak hopefully this would be a fresh start for us and will allow us to defend our title successfully in the T20 World Cup, he said. Malik praised Abdul Razzaq for playing a master blaster to guide Pakistan home in the second match and pointed out that he had proven he was an experienced and capable performer. I think he played extremely well under pressure and took the game away from the English bowlers. Waqar Younis likely to become Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has come out as the favourite over the coaching role of the Pakistan side. Waqar has had two coaching stints with Pakistan previously: the first was a successful one in 2006-07 though it ended on a bad note with the then administration. He was then appointed as a bowling and fielding coach for the recent tour of Australia, though the appointment was only for a single series. Waqar expressed an interest in taking on a broader role with the side. If offered I would love to take on the role of coach, Waqar was quoted in as saying to Pakistan cricket remains my absolute passion and number one priority. I dont want to do it on an appointment or short-term basis though. Id like to have time to work with the boys, to really be able to plan ahead. Rumors over the last few days has focused mostly on foreign coaches even as Wasim Bari, the boards chief operating officer and head of the committee, insisted that only the best coach will be appointed and it will not be dependent on nationality. The PCB has yet to even announce publicly the end of Intikhabs tenure, however it is widely recognized that they are looking for a new coach. The decision of the new coach is likely to be announced soon, once an inquiry committee, set up to look into the Australian tour whitewashes, releases its findings.