An ugly fight broke out in Sharjah Cricket Stadium as Naseem Shah pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win over Afghanistan. The Afghan fans lost their cool and went violent in the stands which eventually led to an attack on Pakistani fans. They were seen breaking chairs and hurling bottles at Pakistani fans after Afghanistan was eliminated from the Asia Cup 2022.
Shoaib Akhtar Retaliated to Afghan Fans with Strong Words
The former speedster Shoaib Akhtar took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the reaction of Afghan fans. Mentioning the ex-CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Shafiq Stanikzai, he said; “This is what Afghan fans are doing. This is what they’ve done in the past multiple times. This is a game and it’s supposed to be played and taken in the right spirit. @ShafiqStanikzai your crowd & your players both need to learn a few things if you guys want to grow in the sport.”
This is what Afghan fans are doing.
This is what they've done in the past multiple times.This is a game and its supposed to be played and taken in the right spirit.@ShafiqStanikzai your crowd & your players both need to learn a few things if you guys want to grow in the sport. pic.twitter.com/rg57D0c7t8
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 7, 2022
The infuriated Rawalpindi Express also released a video, on his channel criticizing the cricket team of Afghanistan for destroying the spirit of the game. Later, Stanikzai hit back at the world’s fastest bowler and advised him not to question the entire nation over one act. He wrote; “You can’t control the emotions of the crowd and such incidents happened in the world of cricket multiple, you should go ask Kabir Khan, Inzimam Bhai and @iRashidLatif68 how we treated them. Am giving you an advice next time baat ko nation pe Mat lena.”
Asif Ali and Fareed Khan Came Face-to-face in a Heated Argument
Earlier, in the game, Pakistani batsman Asif Ali and Afghan bowler Fareed Ahmed came face to face after the latter bowled out the former batsman at short fine-leg in an attempt to hook a bouncer. Fareed Ahmed was seen making provocative gestures while standing really close to Asif after which he angrily raises his bat in the air. The umpires and players separated the two to avoid physical alteration.
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