PSL 2021: Sarfaraz Ahmed accepts Shaheen Afridi’s apology after on-field spat- Day after an on-field spat between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shaheen Afridi, things have improved between the Pakistan teammates. The latter has apologized for his getting in a heated argument with Sarfaraz Ahmed after the former Pakistan skipper got angry at a bouncer.
“Saifi bhai is the pride of all of us. He was and will always remain a captain for me. Whatever happened in the game that day was heat of the moment. I should have stayed quiet in respect of him. I have always respected my seniors and pray and wish the best for @SarfarazA_54 bhai,” Shaheen Afridi wrote on Twitter.
“It’s all good bro. Whatever happened in the field it should stay in the field. You are the star of Pakistan too. May Allah give you more success in life. You are little brother to me. All is well,” replied Sarfaraz.
PSL 2021: Sarfaraz Ahmed accepts Shaheen Afridi’s apology after on-field spat
The incident had taken place during a match between Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators in Abu Dhabi.
The two had to be separated by the Lahore captain Sohail Akhtar and senior Muhammad Hafeez and the umpires in the 19th over of the Quetta innings on Tuesday.
The argument took place after Sarfaraz was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Afridi which was declared a no-ball by the umpire.
The ball hit the helmet and went down to the third man and as Sarfaraz took the run and went to the non-striker’s end, he apparently had something to say to the young pacer.
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Afridi, however, didn’t take kindly to the words from his former Pakistan captain and reacted aggressively walking down from his run-up for a face-off.
As Afridi got more animated and pointed towards Sarfaraz while trying to get close to him, the umpire intervened to keep the two Pakistan players apart with Akhtar and Hafeez also rushing down to cool down the situation.
Hafeez could be seen asking Sarfaraz to cool down with Afridi later saying the incident was part of the game.
But the incident sparked a debate on social media with many criticizing Afridi for his aggressive reaction and behavior towards his former captain and senior player while others defended the youngster.
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(with PTI inputs)