Lahore, Feb 20 (ANI): Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has said Shahid Afridi had been punished enough for ball tampering, and added that this practise has been a part of cricket for long.
Afridi, who was leading the side in the fifth and last One-day International (ODI) against Australia in the absence of injured Mohammad Yousuf, was caught on camera biting the ball. He was banned for two Twenty20 internationals after being found guilty.
"Probably people don't realise, I was in a court case involved, this was all about ball tampering," Imran told CNN's Connect the World programme on Friday.
"And basically my plea in the court case was that ball tampering was part of cricket. It was just the degree that varied," he said.
Imran also said that Afridi was wrong in resorting to such measures.
"Shahid Afridi crossed the limit. But basically, I mean, you know, ball tampering has been part of cricket. It's sort of more gamesmanship.
"When I first started playing cricket, nobody would mention ball tampering and it was being done all the time," Imran said.
"So Shahid Afridi really has been punished. Yes, he should not have done it. Yes, it was wrong. Worse to be caught like that. But I think he's been punished enough," he said. (ANI)