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Danish Kaneria Slams Shaheen Afridi Over Heated Exchange With Sarfaraz Ahmed in PSL 6

Shaheen Afridi (AFP Photo)

Shaheen Afridi (AFP Photo)

The verbal spat took place in the 19th over of the Gladiators' innings when Shaheen Afridi bowled a bouncer and it hit Sarfaraz on the helmet.

During the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6, Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi got into a verbal spat with former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed on June 16. The incident took place in the 19th over of the Gladiators’ innings when Afridi bowled a bouncer and it hit Sarfaraz on the helmet. The ball went to the third man, while batsmen took a single. On reaching the non-striker end, Sarfaraz had something to say to Afridi, which was not well received by the young pacer. In fact, in an aggressive reaction, Afridi walked towards Sarfaraz for a face-off.

Luckily with an interruption from umpires, Qalandars’ Mohammad Hafeez, and captain Sohail Akhtar, the situation was cooled down. Now taking a dig at Afridi, former cricketer Danish Kaneria questioned the Pakistani left-arm quick’s on-field antics.

Kaneria launched a scathing attack on the pacer in one of the recent videos on his YouTube channel. Drawing a comparison of Afridi’s bowling average under former captain Sarfaraz and current captain Babar Azam, he criticized the pacer’s performance. Kaneria said that under Sarfaraz, Afridi had a bowling average of 19 but now it has gone up to 30. He further said that the youngster has dismissed very few batters from the top 5.

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The former cricketer also highlighted that it was Sarfaraz who motivated the young pacer when he was at the helm. Kaneria asked that where was Afridi’s aggression when Williamson scored a 200. He said that it is bad to see when a youngster misbehaves with a senior player and an ex-captain. Just because Sarfaraz’s stature is not the same in Pakistan cricket now, it doesn’t mean Shaheen Afridi can have a go at a senior, the former spinner added.

It was under Sarfaraz’s captaincy when Pakistan lifted the ICC Champions Trophy title in 2017 and had a surprise victory over Team India. Left-arm quick Afridi made his World Cup debut under Sarfaraz’s captaincy in 2019.

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first published:June 17, 2021, 11:33 IST