Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi got into a heated argument during a PSL match between Lahore Khalanders and Quetta Gladiators in Abu Dhabi. The umpires were forced to separate Lahore captain Sohail Akhtar and senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez. The incident occurred when Quetta hit Sarfaraz’s helmet in the 19th over of Afridi’s bouncer and called it an umpire no-ball.
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Here the ball hit the helmet and went to a third person and got the Sarfaraz run. After reaching the other end, Afridi said something. Afridi was angry with him and he went to him in an aggressive manner with his run-up. The umpire had to intervene to see the tensions increase. Hafiz and Akhtar also came running to him. Hafeez asked Sarfaraz to calm down and Afridi later said it would take place on the playground.
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This event has sparked debate on social media. While some criticized Afridi’s aggressive attitude and behavior towards the senior player, some defended him. The Gladiators defeated Lahore by 18 runs in this match. With three wickets from left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari, Quetta took Lahore out for 140 in 18 overs. Earlier, Quetta’s opener Jack Weatherald scored 48 and skipper Sarfraz Ahmad not out. Batting first, Quetta added 158 for five.