Asia Cup 2022: WATCH – Fareed Ahmad makes threatening gesture, Asif Ali raises bat in response in fiery clash
Asia Cup 2022: Afghanistan’s Fareed Ahmad made a threatening gesture after running up to Pakistan’s Asif Ali, who in response raised his bat as the two players almost came to blows in what turned into an ill-tempered cricket match in the Asia Cup here on Wednesday.
After being dismissed in a tight climax, Asif lost his composure and violently brandished his bat at Fareed.
With four balls left in their difficult 130-run chase, Pakistan triumphed by one wicket with Naseem Shah’s two sixes to set up a final against Sri Lanka.
This is the full video of Asif Ali vs Fareed Ahmad pic.twitter.com/4TSa6TyohO
— frex (@saifooqui) September 7, 2022
When quick bowler Fareed took two wickets in the 19th over, including the crucial fall of big-hitting Asif, tempers boiled.
The batsman, who smacked two sixes in a quick 16 off eight balls, caught at short fine-leg. While attempting to hook a bouncer, and as he was leaving the field, he got into an argument with Fareed.
Before the players and the umpire intervened to diffuse the situation, an irate Asif pointed his bat in the direction of Fareed.
What a shameful act. Afghani Player Fareed Ahmad Mocking and Abusing Asif Ali after knocking him down. you can see in this video. he was saying something for what Asif reacted to it.#PAKvAFG#AsiaCup2022 #AsifAli pic.twitter.com/4IjD5d971h
— Muhammad Arslan Azeem🇵🇰 (@Arslanattari49) September 7, 2022
Shadab Khan, the vice-captain of Pakistan and the team’s leading scorer with 36 runs. He downplayed the incident by claiming it occurred “in the heat of the moment” and best left on the field.
Mohammad Nabi, the Afghanistan captain, was fielding in the deep. And stated he had no idea what had happened in the middle.
There was a lot of fan violence as well. With some films showing Afghan fans beating Pakistan fans with stadium seats. Videos also show Afghan supporters angrily throwing plastic seats at Pakistan supporters who were hiding.
Pakistani cricket fans beaten to a pulp by Afghan cricket fans triggered by Pakistani batsman Asif Ali’s attempt to physically assault Afghan bowler Fareed Ahmad who took his wicket during the #PAKvAFG Asia Cup match. pic.twitter.com/A3tt45Xwzm
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) September 7, 2022
With their victory, Pakistan eliminated both Afghanistan and its competitor India.
Afghanistan and India meet in a dead rubber in Dubai on Thursday.