Premier Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has pleaded with the fans of Afghanistan and Pakistan to not repeat the ugly incident which happened during the 2019 World Cup at their upcoming T20 World Cup encounter.
Afghanistan will meet Pakistan on Friday in Dubai. However, when the two sides met in the 2019 World Cup at Headingley in Leeds, things didn’t go well amongst the fans who fought in the stands and then outside the stadium as well, creating a horrific scene.
Rashid Khan, who registered figures of 4/9 in the thumping win over Scotland, said that the game is meant to bring people closer and not to break them.
“After the 2019 World Cup match, whatever happened shouldn’t have happened. But this is the kind of request to all the fans, whatever there is that comes at the end, at the end of the day this game gives lots of unity to the nations and bring them together, not to have those kinds of accidents,” Rashid Khan was quoted as saying by Times Of India.
This game is all about enjoyment: Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan reiterated that the fans shouldn’t engage in any form of altercation as the game is meant to be enjoyed.
Afghanistan are coming into the match with an emphatic win over Scotland. Mujeeb Ur Rahman bagged a five-wicket haul after Najibullah Zadran had blasted 59 runs off 34 balls.
“Definitely it’s always a good game against Pakistan, even when we played in the 2018 Asia (Cup). And also in terms of the 2019 World Cup. But this game should remain as a game. I think it’s a request to all the fans to stay cool and calm and just enjoy the game. This game is all about enjoyment.
“The more we just focus on the enjoyment, and as we have seen in this game, things happen, accidents happen. So I hope they remain cool and calm and just focus on enjoying the game and who plays better on the day that team wins,” the leg-spinner added.
Pakistan, too, are on a roll with wins over India and New Zealand. A victory on Friday will further strengthen their claim not only for a semi-final spot, but also to finish the Super 12 as a group topper.