Rude Fans and Former Afghanistan Cricket Chief Shoaib Akhtar Fight on Twitter
following a disorderly episode involving the supporters of both sides during the 2022 Asia Cup in Sharjah. Former Afghanistan Cricket Board head Shafiq Stanikzai and former Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar engaged in a contentious Twitter debate.
The ongoing Asia Cup’s Super 4 stage saw a nail-biting battle between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday in Sharjah. In order to give Pakistan a one-wicket victory and ensure their place alongside Sri Lanka in the championship game, Naseem Shah blasted back-to-back sixes off the first two balls of the final over. After the game, though, Afghanistan fans behaved badly at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. So these supporters were spotted shoving and kicking chairs toward Pakistan fans in apparent rage over their team’s loss.
So former Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar posted a video online depicting Afghan fans destroying chairs and hurling them at Pakistani supporters.
“Fans in Afghanistan are performing this. They’ve performed this numerous times previously. Because this is a game, play it right and with the appropriate attitude. @ShafiqStanikzai, if you want to grow in the sport, both your players and your supporters need to learn a few things, tweeted Akhtar.
This is what Afghan fans are doing.
This is what they’ve done in the past multiple times.This is 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
Shafiq Stanikzai, a former president of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, responded to Akhtar by saying that he shouldn’t represent the entire country when discussing such an issue because no one has any control over the opinions of followers.
Because you can’t control the audience’s emotions and situations like this occur frequently in cricket, you should go ask Kabir Khan, Inzimam Bhai, and @iRashidLatif68 how we handled them. I’m going to offer you some advice the next time mat lena baat ko country,” wrote Stanikzai.
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, Inzimam Bhai and @iRashidLatif68 how we treated them. Am giving you an advice next time baat ko nation pe Mat lena https://t.co/JQTgzWBNqL
— Shafiq Stanikzai (@ShafiqStanikzai) September 7, 2022
In the game between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghanistan batted first and amassed 129/6 in 20 overs. The score was 87/3 in the 16th over when Pakistan was chasing 130 and looked to be coasting. After that, though, Pakistan began to falter and slipped to 118/9 in the final over.
Pakistan needed 11 runs in the final over to win, and Naseem Shah delivered.
The Pakistani team also exclaimed in joy after their victory, which guaranteed their position in the Asia Cup final. And strange things occurred in Sharjah.
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