Pakistan’s cricket chief Najam Sethi has called on Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to keep its player’s behavior in control during the upcoming series between the two countries in the UAE.
The two teams played in Sharjah in Asia Cup last year, which did not go very well, and ended with disappointment for both sides. Asif Ali was seen involved in a heated exchange of words with Afghan fast bowler Fareed Ahmad Malik. Fareed pushed Asif first, which prompted the batsman was seen raised his bat at the speedster, after which the other players and umpires on the field had to intervene.
Najam Sethi, Pakistan’s cricket chief said that has called on Afghan players to maintain good sportsmanship while encountering the Sharjah in coming days.
“We told Afghanistan board to control their players. Winning and losing is part of the game. We have experience about winning and losing so we can control our emotions, but they are new to international cricket, so they need to keep their players in check,” Sethi said.
Worst of all, Afghanistan fans bit Pakistani fans with chairs after their team lost a close encounter in the Asia Cup, he further added.
However, this year, the United Arab Emirates officials will not allow Afghan and Pakistani fans to sit together. This is due to avoid further physical encounters at the stadium.
Meanwhile, the UAE authorities will take tight security measures with strict actions against those people causing problems inside the stadium, he said.
Afghanistan was due to start its season with a One-day International series against Australia in March this year but Cricket Australia (CA) refused to play in protest at the treatment of women in the war-torn country. CA had also refused to host Afghanistan for a Test match in November 2021 for the same reason.
ACB chairman Mirwais Ashraf welcomed Pakistan’s decision to play his team. “We appreciate Pakistan Cricket Board’s willingness to play Afghanistan in March. This is a significant accomplishment for the two neighboring countries,” Ashraf said in the statement.