In the closing match of a three-game ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, an unfortunate incident involving Afghanistan’s player Fareed Ahmed took place.
Fareed reportedly displayed inappropriate behavior towards Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq. This included using improper language and refusing to shake hands with them after the match.
This incident followed Pakistan’s narrow one-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the 2nd ODI, a result that Afghanistan seemed to find difficult to accept. Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq chose not to respond to Fareed Khan’s actions, showing impressive restraint in a challenging situation.
Experienced Afghan players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi took it upon themselves to apologize to the Pakistani players for their teammate’s behavior. Rashid Khan even expressed his displeasure to Fareed Ahmed and asked him to leave the scene. The Afghan coach also extended an apology to Babar Azam.
The incident prompted the national team management to swiftly address the issue, registering a strong protest against the unprofessional conduct towards the national team’s captain.
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Adding to the tension, Pakistani bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi reportedly expressed frustration over the controversial yet legal dismissal of Shadab Khan by Fazal Haq Farooqui in the final over. This led to Afridi preventing the team from shaking hands with the Afghan team after the second match.
In response, the team management advised Afridi and all players to remain composed and uphold the true spirit of the game.