We will share our frustration and anguish with the ICC: Ramiz Raja
Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmad (PC: Twitter)
It was a nail-biting thriller at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on Wednesday as Pakistan won by a whisker against Afghanistan to confirm a place in the Asia Cup 2022 final. Pakistan’s one-wicket victory was marred with controversies as the penultimate over of the match saw a heated altercation between Pakistan batter Asif Ali and Afghan seamer Fareed Ahmad.
As Fareed dismissed Asif at a score of 16 (8), he couldn’t control his excitement and ended up doing a provocative gesture to celebrate the wicket. The same didn’t go down well with the Pakistani batter and he charged at the seamer with the bat. However, the Afghan players and the umpires intervened at the correct time to cool down the matter.
The entire fiasco has left both teams miffed and there is a verbal war going on between the two countries. Following the game, the former Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Shafiq Stanikzai demanded a ban for Asif for the remaining Asia Cup 2022.
Raja to file a complaint to ICC
Now, the current PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has also put forth his opinion stating that they will be sharing their frustration with the International Cricket Council. Pakistan was set to play against Afghanistan in one of the warm-up games before the T20 World Cup next month. However, the Men in Green are now not sure about the game and Raja will be filing a complaint against the same to ICC.
In a video uploaded on Pakistan Cricket Board’s Youtube channel, Raja said,
“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.”
Notably, following a loss against Pakistan, Afghanistan are out of the final race in the Asia Cup 2022. Pakistan’s second victory in the Super Four round has also put an end to India’s hope of qualifying for the marquee event.
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