World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar says Afghanistan players have Peshawar ID cards
Shoaib was not impressed with ACB, CEO immature comments.
Updated - Nov 10, 2019 5:40 pm
Pakistan have registered two back-to-back victories over South Africa and New Zealand and need to win their upcoming matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in order to keep their hopes of semi-finals alive. The Men in Green already have reached the sixth spot in the points table and along with two outright wins need some other results to go their way as well.
Afghanistan Cricket Board chief had recently said that Pakistan need to learn cricket from the Afghan team and the Men in Green must take coaching from them. Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar in his latest video criticized the Afghanistan official for his poor choice of words. Akhtar’s own choice of words in the video border on harsh and some may also perceive them to be a bit arrogant.
Acuses Afghanistan of being disloyal
Akhtar responded to ACB, CEO, Shafiq Stanikzai, saying that there was once a time when their players picked up the game in Pakistan, but now have home grounds in Noida and Dehradun, India. He said that though they have become a very good team, one thing they forgot to learn from the Indians was maturity. He went on to further say that if the players are searched for identification, most of them would have ID cards from Peshawar, Pakistan.
This would lead their team’s disqualification and he warned Shafiq to think before speaking. He assured that Pakistani team will destroy the Afghans in their World Cup match on June 29, 2019. He felt that despite the fact that Pakistan gave Afghans shelter, these words from their official were not respectful.
Here is the video of Akhtar spewing some harsh words for Afghan team:
Shoaib Akhtar's message for Afghanistan and their cricket board ahead of clash with Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/cNynasUWbc
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Pakistan team is placed sixth on the ICC World Cup 2019 points table with 7 points from seven games and require the four points from their last two games and for India to beat England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their encounters as well. Only in that case will Pakistan have a realistic chance of going through to the knockouts. The Men in Green face the Bangla Tigers in their last league match on July 5 at Lord’s.