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Asia Cup: Asif Ali should be banned from the rest of the tournament, says former ACB CEO Shafiq Stanikzai

Asia Cup: Asif Ali should be banned from the rest of the tournament, says former ACB CEO Shafiq Stanikzai

Asia Cup 2022, PAK vs AFG: Former ACB CEO Shafiq Stanikzai lashed out at Asif Ali after the Pakistan batter’s heated exchange of words with Fareed Ahmad

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Asif Ali was involved in a heated exchange with Fareed Malik
  • Former ACB CEO Shafiq Stanikzai wasn’t happy with Asif Ali
  • Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 1 wicket on Wednesday

Former chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Shafiq Stanikzai, lashed out at Pakistan batter Asif Ali for his actions during the Asia Cup 2022 Super Four match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium

On Wednesday, September 7, Pakistan beat Afghanistan by one wicket and booked their berth in the final of the tournament to be played later this week. Along with Pakistan, Sri Lanka also qualified by eliminating India and Afghanistan.

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As far as Asif Ali is concerned, during the match, he was seen involved in a heated exchange of words with Afghan fast bowler Fareed Ahmad Malik. Asif was seen raising his bat at the speedster, after which the other players and umpires on the field had to intervene.

Stanikzai reckoned that Asif Ali’s act was nothing but ‘stupidity’ and the Pakistan batter should be banned from the rest of the ongoing championship. The veteran said that Asif shouldn’t have resorted to violent means.

Stanikzai took to Twitter and wrote, “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.”

Earlier, former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar also had his say on the matter. Akhtar said that Afghanistan cricket team lost the match due to their ‘arrogant’ behaviour.

“Afghan players put right back into their place by 19 year old kid Naseem Shah. Unforgettable match against people we have loved & supported always. Lekin bat tamizi aur arrogance nay un no foran neecha dikhaya,” Shoaib wrote

With 11 runs needed off the last over, Naseem Shah pulled off two massive sixes off Fazalhaq Farooqi and helped Pakistan win the match with four balls to spare.

 

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