Pakistan will definitely share their frustration and anguish with ICC, says Ramiz Raja on PAK vs AFG controversy


Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ramiz Raja, on Thursday, September 8, opened up on the controversy that erupted on Wednesday night during Pakistan’s Asia Cup 2022 match.

Pakistan will share their frustration with ICC, says Ramiz Raja on PAK vs AFG controversy. Courtesy: AP

Pakistan will share their frustration with ICC, says Ramiz Raja on PAK vs AFG controversy. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistan and Afghanistan faced each other on September 7
  • The match in Sharjah was marred with a few controversies
  • Pakistan and Afghanistan will also lock horns in a T20 World Cup warm-up match

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ramiz Raja, on Thursday, September 8, opened up on the controversy that erupted on Wednesday night during Pakistan’s Asia Cup 2022 match against Afghanistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

During Pakistan’s run-chase, Asif Ali and fast bowler Fareed Ahmad Malik got involved in a massive war of wards. Asif Ali was seen charging towards Malik, after which the players and umpires had to intervene.

Later, the match resumed and Pakistan beat Afghanistan by one wicket to book their place in the final. Raja, in the meantime, said that Pakistan cricket would talk to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the matter.

Amidst the controversial saga, the ICC released the schedule for the T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up matches where Pakistan and Afghanistan will face each other on October 19 at The Gabba. Apart from the Afghans, Pakistan will face England on October 17.

“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,” Raja was quoted as saying in a press conference, the video of which was uploaded on PCB’s YouTube channel.

Earlier, former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that the Afghan players and crowd should learn to behave properly. The veteran made the comments after a fight broke out in the stands in Sharjah following Wednesday’s match.

Former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO, Shafiq Stanikzai, reckoned that Asif Ali should be banned from the rest of the Asia Cup.

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