PAK vs AFG: No place for hooliganism in cricket, says angry PCB chief
PAK vs AFG: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja said hooliganism has no place in the gentleman’s game on Thursday and blamed Afghan fans for the brawl that broke out between fans of both sides off the field during a thrilling Asia Cup encounter in Sharjah.
Following Pakistan’s one-wicket victory against Afghanistan in the Super 4 match on Wednesday, supporters of the two nations practically exchanged blows.
The Pakistani batsman Asif Ali’s physical altercation with the bowler Fareed Ahmed following the latter’s dismissal on Wednesday served as the catalyst for the fight.
An angry PCB chief announced that the organisation would be protesting the incidents to the ICC and Asian cricket organisations, including Emirates Cricket Board.
“There is no place for hooliganism in cricket. Afghanistan as a nation, team have to control their emotions if they are to progress further. It was a great match both teams fought hard but there was no need for such scenes after the match,” Ramiz said at a press conference.
This kind of incident had occurred before. Even during the 2018 T20 World Cup and the 2019 ODI World Cup, the fierce fans of both sides had brawls.
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“The visuals we saw after the match in particular are not good advertisement for cricket at all. It has happened before also not the first time it happened and that is something all cricket nations have to look at,” Ramiz said.
He claimed that although winning and losing are inherent in sports, spectators must learn to control their emotions.
“We own our cricket team and our fans and that is why we will be talking to the ICC and other related bodies on this issue.”
Ramiz also gave the Pakistani squad high marks for their efforts throughout the Asia Cup.
“I just think our team needs to stop giving so many heart attacks to us and fans. But we all know now that even if our team loses a match, it will not do so without a fight and that is what we want in our cricket,” he said.
“The fans now own this team and that is what gives me satisfaction. These players have really made us proud.”
The PCB chief said that he will be asking the team’s physician, physiotherapist, and trainer for clarification on Shaheen Shah Afridi’s knee ailment, his fitness concerns, and other issues throughout the Asia Cup.
“Nowadays in modern day cricket with the facilities available players cramping up during matches is unpardonable even if they are playing in the UAE in off-season and weather is hot. Definitely when the team returns home we will question the team management on this.”
Ramiz added that the PCB would set up the most recent equipment needed for players’ recuperation.
“I think this is something we should have done a long time ago. But we are getting there now.”