PAK vs AFG: Pakistan Will Share Frustration And Anguish With ICC - PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja On Asif Ali-Fareed Ahmad Malik Controversy

Updated - 08 Sep 2022, 06:51 PM

Fareed Ahmad, Asif Ali
Fareed Ahmad, Asif Ali. (Photo: Twitter)

Pakistan defeated Afghanistan last night to book their berth in the Asia Cup 2022 finals. However, the celebrations got a bit under-shadowed following a feud between Asif Ali and fast bowler Fareed Ahmad Malik during Pakistan’s chase. The players were seen getting involved in a massive war of wards with Asif Ali charging toward Malik, after which the players and umpires had to intervene.

In the aftermath of the incident, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ramiz Raja opened up on the controversy that erupted at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The ex-Pakistan cricketer also said that in the interim, Pakistan cricket would bring forward the matter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) as well.

Ramiz Raja
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

Pakistan and Afghanistan set to lock horns in ICC T20 World Cup warm-up match

Amidst the controversial saga, ICC released the schedule for the T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up matches where Pakistan and Afghanistan will face each other on October 19 at The Gabba. Apart from the Afghans, Pakistan will face England on October 17.

Raja was quoted as saying in a press conference, in a video uploaded by PCB on its YouTube channel, “I am not sure if the fixture can be changed because it’s a practice match and not a tournament. But we will definitely share our frustration and anguish with the ICC after what happened last night.”

Shoaib Akhtar lashes out at Afghanistan fans

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that the Afghan players and crowd should learn to behave properly. The veteran made the comments after the fight broke out in the stands in Sharjah following Wednesday’s match.

Former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO, Shafiq Stanikzai, reckoned that Asif Ali should be banned from the rest of the Asia Cup.

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