Pakistan suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the men’s T20 final Globalism Cup against England on Sunday. The England team has outperformed the Pakistan team led by Babar Azam. Shaheen Afridi’s injury during the high stakes match played a huge role in Pakistan’s defeat. The 22-year-old was unable to complete his four-run haul after spraining his knee while attempting a catch. While most Pakistani fans were supportive of Afridi, there were those who questioned Packer’s commitment to the team. One such fan questioned Afridi’s dedication to the cause of Pakistan on Twitter. This particular tweet has angered the panel of the winger show being broadcast on A-Sports in Pakistan. Wasim Akram, one of the speakers on The Pavilion, blasted this fan for his despicable opinion.
Aapne tumhe tameez nahi hai na chhote bade ki. Insulting Shaheen Afridi. You are rude to your player. No shame, no remorse). Just look at what he said about Shaheen Afridi. I am angry. I wish ki tu was just saamne hota (I wish you were in front of me),” an exasperated Wasim Akram was quoted saying in the presentation.
The fan tweeted something along the lines of, “Coward Shaheen Afridi. You should have thrown five charges but you ran off the floor like a coward.”
While chasing a low target of 138 runs, England didn’t get off to a great start as Shaheen Afridi caught Alex Hales in the first innings over themselves. The Pakistani pacer looked very strong and worried the England batsmen to a great extent. His haul of four overs was very crucial to Pakistan’s chances.
But Afridi injured his right knee in England’s 13th over chasing while catching Shadab Khan, dismissing Harry Brook. This may have been a turning point in the game as Afridi could not run after that. Afridi limped off the ground after apparently bumping his right knee.
After Afridi was hit, captain Babar Azam gave the ball to Iftikhar Ahmed who was thumped by Ben Stokes with a six-and-four. This opened the floodgates for England, and they made their way home to victory in the final of the T20 World Cup.