The Asia Cup Super 4 match between Afghanistan and Pakistan seems to have converted with a lot of controversies and it will always go down as one of the most thrilling T20 matches ever played. The contest witnessed a lot of ups and down and, in the end, it was Pakistan that got over the line with one wicket in hand. Pacer Naseem Shah was the star of the show as he hit the first couple of balls of the final over for sixes, in order to seal a place in the final for his side.
However, after the match, some ugly scenes unfolded at the stadium after Afghanistan fans were seen breaking chairs and there was even a tussle between fans supporting Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The video of the unrest was shared on Twitter by former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar and he wrote: “This is what Afghan fans are doing. This is what they’ve done in the past multiple times. This is a game and it’s supposed to be played and taken in the right [email protected] your crowd & your players both need to learn a few things if you guys want to grow in the sport.”
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
It is important to note that Akhtar tagged Shafiq Stanikzai in his post, who happens to be the former CEO of Afghanistan Cricket Board.
On Akhtar’s tweet, Stanikzai also replied, 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, Inzimam Bhai and @iRashidLatif68 how we treated them. Am giving you an advice next time baat ko nation pe Mat lena.”
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
Talking about the gamebetween Afghanistan and Pakistan, the former batted first and on;ly managed to reach the total of 129/6 in 20 overs. Chasing 130, Pakistan was cruising at one stage with the score being 87/3 in the 16th over. However, Pakistan collapsed from there on, and they were reeling at 118/9 by the end of the penultimate over.
In the final over, they needed 11 for a victory, and it was Naseem Shah who turned out to be the hero for Pakistan. It is also important to note that in the second last over of the game, Pakistan’s Asif Ali and Afghanistan’s Fareed Ahmad Malik had an intense verbal altercation after the Pakistan batter was dismissed.
Asif Ali almost hit the Afghanistan pacer with his bat, and tempers were seen flaring. After the win that sealed their berth in the Asia Cup final, Pakistan players also celebrated in an ecstatic fashion and there were some wild scenes that unfolded in Sharjah.