Last night’s thrilling victory over Afghanistan in the 2022 Asia Cup was overshadowed by dramatic scenes in which Afghani cricket fans were unable to control their emotions and attacked the celebrating Pakistani fans inside the stadium.
In what should have been a celebration of an outstanding cricket match in which both teams gave their all for their respective countries, Afghanistan fans revealed their immature behavior by uprooting chairs from the Sharjah Cricket Stadium stands and hurling them at Pakistani fans.
Several videos of Afghanistan fans attacking Pakistanis and throwing chairs around the stadium have gone viral on social media since the epic match ended.
After the Afg Pak World Cup match last year I decided I would never watch another game between these two teams at the stadium. pic.twitter.com/JrJnpmUP09— Twitt.Arhum (@arhuml92) September 7, 2022
This is not the first time Afghan cricket fans have attacked opposing fans inside a stadium. A similar incident occurred in 2019 when Pakistan and Afghanistan faced off in the ICC One-Day International World Cup in Leeds.
Pakistan had defeated Afghanistan in a nail-biting incident thanks to the heroics of Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz. Afghanistan fans destroyed the stands and threw chairs at Pakistani fans, escalating the situation.
Earlier in the game, Pakistan’s explosive middle-order batter, Asif Ali, and Afghanistan’s pacer, Fareed Ahmed, were involved in an ugly exchange on the field. Fareed cursed Asif after he took his crucial wicket, and Asif responded by raising his bat. Before Asif, the umpires intervened and calmed them down.