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The former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has accepted the apology from the Pakistan journalist, Farid Khan, after he had initially called him out for IPL versus international cricket debate. Michael Vaughan had spoken about how England players should have competed in the IPL playoffs instead of playing the T20I series against Pakistan, which Farid Khan initially didn’t agree with.

Notably, Michael Vaughan alluded how playing in the IPL playoffs would have been a better preparation for T20 World Cup 2024 instead of taking on Pakistan in a bilateral series for few of the England players. In response, Farid Khan stated that the former England captain literally disrespected the Pakistan bowlers with his comments on the IPL on social media.

It led to Vaughan sending out a defiant response of “No” to Khan, which kept the debate going. 

Just a few days after this interaction, England defeated Pakistan at The Oval by seven wickets in the fourth and final T20I of the series, chasing down the target of 158 runs with 27 balls to spare.

Afterwards, Farid Khan had a change of mind before he sent out a video post to Michael Vaughan, apologising for calling him out for the IPL versus international cricket debate. He also wrote, “Hey, Michael Vaughan. I'm sorry, I apologize! You were right and I'm embarrassed. England players should have played IPL playoffs and final. Even a Ranji Trophy team could defeat us, Delhi Capitals or Punjab Kings will win one-sided against this Pakistan team. I'm worried about our matches vs Canada & USA in the World Cup. This is the worst period on Pakistan cricket in years.”

Michael Vaughan responded to Farid Khan in kind as well, accepting his apology with two words and a thumbs up emoji.