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Shafiq Stanikzai: Asif Ali should be banned from the rest of the tournament

Former ACB CEO Shafiq Stanikzai lashed out at Asif Ali after his heated altercation with Afghanistan’s Fareed Ahmad.

Former ACB CEO Shafiq Stanikzai lashed out at Asif Ali after his heated altercation with Afghanistan’s Fareed Ahmad.

Asif Ali was criticised by Shafiq Stanikzai, the former chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), for his behaviour during the Asia Cup 2022 Super Four match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan defeated Afghanistan on Wednesday, September 7, by a single wicket, securing a spot in the tournament’s championship match, which will take place later this week. Sri Lanka qualified by displacing India and Afghanistan in addition to Pakistan.

As far as Asif Ali is concerned, he was observed having a heated argument with Afghan fast bowler Fareed Ahmad Malik during the game. The other players and umpires on the pitch had to step in after Asif was spotted aiming his bat at the speedster.

A video clearly depicts that Fareed was the first one to signal aggressiveness towards Asif.

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Asif Ali should be barred from the remainder of the present competition, according to Stanikzai, who said that the Pakistani batter’s action was nothing more than “stupidity.” Asif shouldn’t have used force, according to the veteran.

 

Shoaib Akhtar, a former fast bowler, has spoke on the subject earlier. According to Akhtar, the Afghan cricket team’s “arrogant” behaviour was the reason they lost the game.

In another tweet, Akhtar called out Stanikzai and the Afghan crowd.

 

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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According to sources, match referee Andy Pycroft called the two players to a hearing after the game and summoned them. He explained to the players the penalties for violating Level 1 of the rule. Pycroft is one of the ICC panel’s strictest match referees, according to senior sports journalist Abdul Majid Bhatti, and both players could receive the harshest punishment.

He claimed that because Afghanistan had already been eliminated from the competition, Ahmed’s suspension had no impact on them. Pakistan may run into difficulty as they attempt to win the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka if they lose one of their most reliable batsmen.