PAK vs AFG: Ex-Afghanistan cricket chief retaliates at Shoaib Akhtar, warns ‘baat ko nation pe mat lena’
PAK vs AFG: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar and ex-Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai were involved in a heated argument on social media after unruly scenes broke out between fans of both teams here on Wednesday.
In the ongoing Asia Cup, Pakistan and Afghanistan engaged in a thrilling “Super Four” stage match. Naseem Shah, a bowler for Pakistan, struck back-to-back sixes off the first two balls of the final over. To secure a one-wicket victory and secure their spot with Sri Lanka in the final.
During the game, Afghanistan bowler Fareed Ahmad also spotted threatening Pakistan’s Asif Ali. As they pushed each other in Sharjah. The two players nearly exchanged punches when Fareed Ahmad lifted his bat in response.
After the match, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium witnessed unsavoury scenes as Afghanistan fans, disappointed with the loss. And seen breaking chairs and also assaulting Pakistan supporters.
In a video shared by Akhtar on Twitter, Afghan fans can seen breaking chairs.
This is what Afghan fans are doing.
This what they’ve done in the past multiple times. This 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
To this, Shafiq Stanikzai replied by saying:
“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, Inzamam Bhai and @iRashidLatif68 how we treated them. Also am giving you an advice, next time baat ko nation pe Mat lena.”