Afghanistan's brilliant encounter against Pakistan at the Asia Cup ended in dramatic fashion on the field but things got sour off it as a major brawl broke out in the stands. Footage showed the Afghan fans tearing apart seats and using them to hurt Pakistan's supporters in a regrettable incident.
The Super Four clash between Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Asia Cup on Wednesday in Sharjah made for enthralling viewing with its finish one of the most dramatic in the format's history. A fantastic bowling effort by the Pakistanis had restricted the Afghans to a measly 129/6 but the men sporting red and blue responded brilliantly, taking crucial wickets frequently. As it stood at the end of the 19th over, Pakistan still needed 11 runs with just one wicket remaining and an inexperienced Naseem Shah with a career T20 average of 7 on strike. However, unexpectedly, two lose full tosses from Fazalhaq Farooqi were deposited into the stands by the teenager, ensuring his team a place in the final alongside Sri Lanka.
Even though jubilation broke out in the middle before both sides shook hands respectfully, the same harmony wasn't to be seen amongst the spectators. Captured footage at the venue has shown a group of rowdy Afghanistan fans ripping off plastic seats in the stands and hurling them at their counterparts who helplessly crouched and rushed to flee the violence. Some Afghan fans even got hold of a few Pakistani well-wishers and used the seats as a weapon to thrash them in gruesome beatings.
The incredibly distasteful and unsportsmanlike conduct of these fans has not gone down well with the internet, who have taken to social media platforms to express their rage. Such actions of vandalism and violence hold no place in the world of cricket, the gentleman's game, with respect for all being the foremost requirement for anyone wishing to be associated with the sport.
Eh sab kaa chal raha hi!!!😳
Oh god! Noooooo...
After match scenes from Sharjah stadium pic.twitter.com/gpMnMuQiub— Out Of Context Cricket (@GemsOfCricket) September 7, 2022
Great finish by this young gun! But can you hear those sounds behind?
Should have behaved themselves out their!
What is this???
Afghanistan won after the match 😂🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/udy7McEcSZ— desi mojito 🇮🇳 (@desimojito) September 7, 2022
Looks Afghan vs Pak will take over India vs Pak Rivalry on cricket match .— Prasad (@cheerssmiling) September 8, 2022