Afghanistan assistant coach not happy with fans behaviour at stadium

Afghanistan assistant coach Raees Ahmadzai is certainly not happy and has lashed out at the Afghan players and the fans for the ugly incidents on and off the pitch during the Pakistan vs Afghanistan game of Super 4 stage of 2022 Asia Cup at Dubai.

Afghanistan restricted Pakistan to 118/9, and it was looking like they were going home with a victory until bowler Naseem Shah smacked two sixes in the final over to win the game and make the Shaheens a place in the finals of the tournament.

The intensity of the match was quite high, although, after the game, a few Afghanistan fans damaged the stadium property, breaking and uprooting the chairs and throwing them at fellow spectators due to their frustration.

Apart from that, earlier in the game, Fareed Ahmed Malik and Asif Ali were involved in a heated argument and it went over the line with Ali raising his bat to almost hit Malik. The players and umpire had to intervene.

“I think the players are well aware of the rules and regulations of the game but sometimes in the heat of the moment, sometimes you cannot control, and it comes out. The crowd should understand that this is just a game and sports should be treated as sports, not to be involved in anything critically or something,” said Raees Ahmadzai which was quoted by

“But again, if you say something it’s different, but physical violence it’s something every player should avoid. Sledging or talking to someone is different but the rules and regulations do not allow you to do physical violence. Another experience for our players. We will inform our players to be within the limit and not cross it,” added the assistant coach.


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