PCB to write down to ICC to ‘lodge a protest’ over crowd bother in Sharjah

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The PCB will write to the ICC to “lodge a protest” over the group bother and “ugly visuals” that adopted the Afghanistan-Pakistan recreation on the Asia Cup.

Addressing the media, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja mentioned: “You may’t hyperlink hooliganism with cricket and this surroundings makes you sick. We’ll write to ICC, increase considerations, and do no matter we will as a result of the visuals had been ugly.

“This [crowd trouble after an Afghanistan-Pakistan game] did not occur for the primary time. Wins and losses are part of the sport. It was a gruelling contest, however feelings ought to have been saved in management. Till the surroundings is correct, you’ll be able to’t develop and go ahead as a cricket-playing nation.

“So we’re going to categorical our anguish and frustration to the ICC. We owe it to our followers, something may have occurred… Our workforce may have been in peril… So regardless of the protocol is we are going to comply with that and lodge our protest.”

Raja can also be a part of the ICC’s working committee tasked with reviewing the state of cricket and the way it’s run in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the nation final yr.

Following a spectacular, see-sawing recreation in Sharjah, during which Afghanistan had been combating onerous to remain within the match just for Pakistan’s last-wicket pair to dramatically clinch their very own spot within the closing, crowd bother erupted within the stands. A number of Afghanistan followers had been detained by the Sharjah police following the incident. Nonetheless, no arrests had been made.

Tempers flared as quickly as Pakistan introduced up victory courtesy Naseem Shah‘s twin sixes within the closing over. Within the aftermath, followers, believed to be Afghanistan supporters, started throwing punches at folks sporting Pakistan jerseys.

ESPNcricinfo understands the set off for the incident was Asif Ali‘s run-in with Afghanistan quick bowler Fareed Ahmad after he had been dismissed. A visibly charged-up Fareed threw celebratory air-punches very near Asif’s face, who responded by pushing Fareed again and elevating his bat at his face. Each gamers exchanged heated phrases earlier than Afghanistan’s Azmatullah Umarzai and Pakistan’s Hasan Ali stepped in to calm issues down.

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Footage captured within the stands additionally confirmed followers pulling out bucket seats and flinging them at one another. Cushioned seats had been additionally torn up. Appreciable injury had been performed by the point the bottom authorities and the police swung into motion. The organisers rapidly ushered the general public out of the stadium to stop any additional injury.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board put out two tweets on September 8 calling for folks to “work collectively” to deliver the “cricket fraternity nearer”, and “in some way attempt to unfold love”. “Cricket is thought to be a phenomenon of concord and extra intimate relations between nations. Let’s work collectively for bringing the cricket fraternity nearer. Cricket doesn’t permit for us to indicate adverse feelings on the sector and switch the friendship ambiance into violence,” one of many tweets learn. The opposite tweet was:

Earlier on social media, former Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Shafiq Stanikzai had referred to as for a ban on Asif for his aggression. “That is stupidity at excessive stage by Asif Ali and must be banned from the remainder of the match, any bowler has the proper to have fun however being bodily isn’t acceptable in any respect,” Stanikzai had tweeted.

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This elicited a response from former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar. “Afghan gamers put proper again into their place by 19-year-old child Naseem Shah. Unforgettable match in opposition to folks now we have cherished & supported all the time. Lekin bat tamizi aur vanity nay un no foran neecha dikhaya,” (However unhealthy behaviour and vanity confirmed them in poor mild).

Afghanistan and Pakistan are set to subsequent face one another on October 19, in a warm-up match in Brisbane within the lead-up to the T20 World Cup. The groups should not in the identical group within the first stage of the match.

Flashpoints between Afghanistan and Pakistan followers should not an unusual prevalence. Ultimately yr’s T20 World Cup, “1000’s of ticketless followers” from each groups tried to pressure entry into the stadium in Dubai. When this was met with resistance by the native floor authorities and personal safety companies, heated exchanges between each units of followers led to the exterior obstacles being pushed over.

Previous to that, on the 2019 ODI World Cup, safety personnel appeared to underestimate the sensation between the followers of the 2 nations, who started combating within the stands, hurling garbage on the sector and invading the pitch even because the gamers scrambled to achieve their respective dressing rooms.

The elevated variety of incidents stems to some extent from longstanding and sophisticated geopolitical tensions between the 2 nations. However the gamers themselves have largely been fairly cordial with one another. Afghanistan’s have taken an energetic half within the Pakistan Tremendous League and Pakistan greats like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Rashid Latif have been a part of Afghanistan’s teaching employees. Umar Gul is their present bowling coach.

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