Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib has urged the fans to treat all the cricket matches just like they need to be treated. The thrilling game between Afghanistan and Pakistan on Saturday was marred by fights between the fans. Right from the start of the match till the end, the Pakistan and Afghanistan fans were fighting with each other. In fact, at the end of the match some fans even invaded the pitch and approached the players.
Talking about the game, Pakistan beat Afghanistan by three wickets to keep their semifinal hopes alive. Chasing 228 for victory, Pakistan were in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 81 for 3. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were reeling at 156 for 6 at one stage. The equation was finally down to 48 runs from the last 6 overs and Afghanistan were looking like the favourites. However, the whole complexion of the game changed in a blink of an eye when captain Gulbadin Naib came to bowl the 46th over.
Naib bowled poorly and ended up conceding 18 runs in the 46th over that saw Pakistan taking back the control. Despite Shadab Khan being run out with 22 runs needed for victory, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz held their nerve. With six run needed from the final over, Naib came to bowl again and failed again, conceding the runs in four balls.
Since the end of the match, Gulbadin Naib has been facing the heat from all around with many calling him a selfish captain. The under-pressure allrounder has now urged the fans to treat the game like any other match.
“The atmosphere was pretty good. We are here to leave a good impression of our team and country. If you look at our country, not much good is going on in the last 40-45 years. We want friendship with anyone. We are very excited to play this kind of tournament,” Gulbadin Naib said at the end of the match.
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“I request all the audience to watch this game only as a cricket game. This is sports,” he added.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 30, 2019