Pakistan and Afghanistan played a blood-curdling thriller in Sharjah on Wednesday in the Super 4 stage of the ongoing Asian Cup. Naseem Shah skipped back-to-back sixes from the first two balls of the final as Pakistan sealed a one-wicket victory to secure themselves a spot in the final alongside Sri Lanka. However, after the match ended, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium witnessed unsavory scenes as Afghanistan fans, clearly disappointed at the loss, saw seats break and attack Pakistani fans.
A video shared by former Pakistani pacesetter Shoaib Akhtar shows Afghan fans breaking chairs and then throwing them at Pakistani supporters.
“This is what Afghan fans do. This is what they have done several times in the past. This is a game and it has to be played and taken in the right spirit. @ShafiqStanikkai your audience and your players both need to learn a few things like you want to grow in the sport,” Akhtar wrote in a Twitter post.
This is what Afghan fans do.
This is what they have done several times in the past. This is a game and it must be played and taken in the right spirit.@ShafiqStanikkai your audience and your players both need to learn a few things if you want to grow in the sport. pic.twitter.com/rg57D0c7t8
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 7, 2022
Shafiq Stanikzai, who happens to be the former chief of the Afghan Cricket Board, replied to Akhtar saying that no one can control the emotions of fans and that he should not take an entire nation with him when he talks about such kind of incident.
“You can’t control the emotions of the crowd and such incidents happened in the world of cricket multiple, you should ask Kabir Khan, Inzimam Bhai and @iRashidLatif68 how we handled them. I’ll give you some advice next time benefit co nation pe Mat lena‘ wrote Stanikzai.
You have no control over the emotions of the crowd and such incidents happened in the world of cricket multiple, you should Kabir Khan, Inzimam Bhai and @iRashidLatif68 how we treated them. Please advise next time ko nation pe Mat lena https://t.co/JQTgzWBNqL
— Shafiq Stanikzai (@ShafiqStanikzai) September 7, 2022
Speaking of the match between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the former batted first and scored 129/6 in 20 overs. Pakistan chased 130 and at one point ran with a score of 87/3 in the 16th over. However, Pakistan collapsed from then on and they transitioned to 118/9 in the penultimate.
In the final, they needed 11 for a win, and it was Naseem Shah who proved to be the hero of Pakistan.
After the win that sealed their place in the Asian Cup final, Pakistani players also celebrated in ecstatic fashion and there were some wild scenes set in Sharjah.
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