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Another nail-biting Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2022, Pakistan vs Afghanistan, took place on Wednesday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Apart from witnessing the quality cricket from two poles, the lookouts caught things getting tensed between the two parties.
This was not the first time things like this took place during Pak vs Afg rivalry, since Afghanistan’s cricket fans have earlier cast physical violence on the Pakistani fans. The devotees from either side clashed after the men in green booked their place in the event’s final, whereas Afghanistan’s cricket fans and players sooner will get on the path to home.
Where the winning celebrated joyfully, the scenes looked indigestible to the opposition watchers. Not only did they throw the chairs everywhere in the stadium, causing damage, but they also beat Pakistani fans with anything that got into their hands.
Officials ask to ban Afghanistan’s cricket fans from stadiums
Seeing the footage circulating, many Pakistani officials have requested the concerned parties either to teach basic ethics to their people and players or to ban them from entering the stadium.
It all started after Mohammad Nabi’s bowler Fareed Ahmed threw his choice of words at finisher Mohammad Asif after Karim Jannat caught him on short fine leg on Fareed’s delivery. Asif, in reply, raised the bat, but the rest of the Nabi’s men joined the party too, gazing at the Pakistani batter furiously. Not only the on-field participants but their water boy had similar intentions against the Pakistani.
It not only fumed up Pakistani bowler Naseem Shah but ignited a blaze in him for revenge. After he came to bat with the final wicket remaining, he ran for a single on Fareed’s last ball of the over. Naseem once again got back to the strike at the beginning of the last over and made sure to smash Fazalhaq Farooqi with two back-to-back match-winning sixes.
The young pacer utilised all the aggression he held after Asif vs Afghanistan controversy with a fumed-faced celebration. Pakistan will now see Sri Lanka in their last encounter of the Super 4 stage and will greet the same opponent in the Asia Cup 2022 final, scheduled for 11th September.