Tempers flared as Kandy Tuskers beat Galle Gladiators in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) on Monday to open their account this season. Gladiators, on the other hand, remain winless after three games. The game, however, was marred by a fiery altercation between Tuskers pacer Naveen-ul-Haq and Gladiators duo Mohammad Amir and Shahid Afridi.
The incident started after the 18th over. In the 18th over, Naveen-ul-Haq was hit by a four by Amir on the fourth delivery before the pacer bowled a dot. After the over ended, the right-arm pacer allegedly abused Amir and it led to ugly scenes as both came face to face before being separated by others.
The drama continued in the 20th over when Amir hit the 21-year old for a six. And after the game ended, the altercation only elevated. Amir was furious with the conduct of the Tuskers pacer and was seen saying something to him angrily while the latter was not ready to back down either.
Naveen-ul-Haq’s teammates had to intervene again to bring the situation under control. But that was not the end of the drama. Gladiators captain Shahid Afridi soon decided to talk to Naveen-ul-Haq for his conduct when the players were greeting each other after the game.
Shahid Afridi was greeting everyone with a smile before his expression changed when he saw Naveen. The former Pakistan skipper seemingly said: “Kya ho gya? (What happened)”. He went on say something else to the pacer and the latter replied to it too.
Here are a couple of videos showing the entire altercation:
Exchange Of Words Between Mohammad Amir , Shahid Afridi With Naveen Ul Haq ( Afghan Cricketer )
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Smiles from Afridi – and then a scowl! ??
What a character! ?
Tempers flaring a little after Afridi's Galle Gladiators beaten by Kandy Tuskers in #LPL2020
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Talking about the game, the Tuskers beat Gladiators by 25 runs to register their first win of the tournament. Gladiators’ opener Danushka Gunathilaka came up with a valiant effort, scoring 82 off 53 balls but it was not enough for them to chase down 197. Tuskers ended their innings on 171 for 7.