Afghanistan and Pakistan are two neighboring countries that are politically extremely hostile. Afghans have always blamed Pakistan for the Taliban invasion. Its effect can also be seen in the cricket match between the two teams. Yesterday, Pakistan reached the finals of the Asia Cup after defeating Afghanistan by just 1 wicket.
In the last minute of the match, Pakistan’s Asif Ali and Afghan bowler Farooq Ahmed almost got into a fight. According to the sources of bloodshed in the gallery!
In a video circulating on social media, Afghan supporters can be seen hitting Pakistani supporters with chairs. So far, the police have not arrested anyone in this case. However, there is a back and forth between the two boards. Pakistani pace great Shoaib Akhtar called Afghans ‘disgusting’. On the other hand, Afghan Board Chief Executive Shafiq Stanikzai called for Asif Ali to be banned. Now PCB chief Ramiz Raja entered the field. He announced filing a written complaint citing the incident as a ‘terrorist activity’.
Ramiz told local media, ‘You cannot associate terrorist activities with cricket. And such environment will make you sick. We will inform the ICC in writing, outlining our concerns. I will do what I can. Because the scenes were horrible. This is not the first time such a thing has happened. Losing and winning are part of the game. It was a fiercely contested fight. But emotions should be kept under control. If the environment is not good, you can never progress as a cricket playing country. And because of this, we will convey our pain and frustration to the ICC. We have a responsibility to the fans, anything could have happened. Our team could have been in danger. We will complain as per protocol. ‘