An unfortunate incident occurred during the Asia Cup clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday when Asif Ali raised his bat at Fareed Ahmad indicating violence amidst rising tensions in the match. The batter had played a crucial cameo but was dismissed by a clever delivery from Ahmad.
Things took a wild turn during the encounter between Afghanistan and Pakistan at Sharjah in the Asia Cup on Wednesday as tensions almost boiled over to produce some ugly scenes on the cricket field. Having been restricted to a paltry 129/6, the Afghans had bowled brilliantly to keep Pakistani batsmen in check as they seemed on course to pull off an improbable defence. However, Shadab Khan's pacey knock of 36 had left the match hanging by a thread, setting the scene for drama on the pitch.
Asif Ali took the reins of proceedings and struck two sixes in the death, the second maximum coming off Fareed Ahmad in the penultimate over. The equation was thus brought down to 12 runs required off 8 deliveries with two wickets in hand. However, a brilliant slower bouncer on the very next delivery saw Ali skewing his shot and handing the opposition a crucial wicket when things suddenly got heated.
In an aggressive celebration, Ahmad took position right in front of Ali and pumped his fists in the air passionately while muttering a few words. Incensed, Asif Ali shoved the pacer and Fareed responded in kind, provoking Ali to raise his bat in the air and threaten to strike the bowler. The umpires and Afghanistan fielders arrived just in time to separate the two before any violence broke out, marking an ugly incident of lacking sportsmanship. Eventually, Naseem Shah sealed off the encounter in Pakistan's favour with two sixes in the final over.
The internet went gaga at the intense clash of words on the field, responding to it with all sorts of emotions on social media platforms.
Oh yeah! Can see it now.
New angle of the Asif Ali and Afghan bowler fight👀 pic.twitter.com/2Mfe0g65JW— S_h_o_w_k_e_t_Khan_0fficial (@s_h_o_w_k_e_t) September 8, 2022
This is stupidity at extreme level by Asif Ali and should be ban from the rest of the tournament, any bowler has the right to celebrate but being physical is not acceptable at all. @icc @ACCMedia1 pic.twitter.com/3ledpmM3mt— Gulbadin Naib (@GbNaib) September 7, 2022
Shuldn't have gone to that extent!
What Asif Ali did can't be justified, he should learn some ethics and use bat instead of punch next time pic.twitter.com/VC0cpJLNsx— Haroon (@ThisHaroon) September 7, 2022
Nasheem Shah was triggered!
The naseem shah that was awaken after they abused asif ali pic.twitter.com/KT8BT12L4U— m (@nolongerannoyin) September 7, 2022
This was the reason?
The actual video of shameful attitude by this unknown bowler of Afghanistan shoving gestures in the face of Asif Ali. Ungrateful gits! pic.twitter.com/OrFpiEipY3— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) September 7, 2022
Guess some verbal fight turned into physical!
No idea on it!