Pakistani former skipper, Shahid Afridi on Monday slammed Afghani cricketer, Naveen-ul-Haq after the latter disrespected Pakistani pacer, Muhammad Amir in the Lankan Premier League match.
A video of Afridi scowling at Haq at the end of the match between Kandy Tuskers and Galle Gladiators went viral on social media. The incident happened when the teams went for a handshake after the match. Haq’s Tuskers had beat Afridi’s Gladiators.
According to reports, the altercation started after the 18th over, Haq was hit by a four by Amir. The right-arm pacer Haq allegedly abused Amir after the over which led to an unpleasant argument. The teammates of Tuskers had to intervene to end the argument between the two players. However, the drama again picked up when Amir hit a six to Haq in the last over. Losing control of his temper, Haq again abused Amir. The argument between the two cricketers continued even after the match.
Afridi upset with the attitude of the young Afghani pace confronted him during the handshake. The video of Afridi slamming Afghani cricketer went viral on social media last night. During the handshake, Afridi asked Haq ‘what happened’ with an angry look on his face.
— Najeeb ul Hasnain (@ImNajeebH) November 30, 2020
Haq could not respond to Afridi this time. The Pakistani Twitter users lauded Afridi for defending the honor of his teammate and fellow Pakistani outside the country as well.
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Afghan cricketer Naveen-ul-Haq constantly abuses at Muhammad Amir during game in LPL.
Everyone tried to stop him but he continued abusing him.
After the match, Shahid Afridi asked him angrily [Kia Hogaya Hai, what happened] and stared him angrily?
This is LALA ❤#afridi #LPL20 pic.twitter.com/FIN1QF7fs8
— Hasnayn khan (@iamhsnyn) November 30, 2020
The incident was similar to Afridi’s verbal spat with former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir, back in 2007 during a bilateral series. The incident happened during the third match of the India-Pakistan cricket series in 2007. Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir hurled abuses at each other when the latter tried to score a run on the former’s ball.
Both the cricketers collided on the field and engaged in a row during the match that India won with 46 runs. Gambhir had scored 75 runs in the match. Since then both the cricketers are at odds.