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Have asked Afghanistan to keep their players under control: Najam Sethi

CricketHave asked Afghanistan to keep their players under control: Najam Sethi

Srinagar: PCB Chairman Najam Sethi on Monday said that he has conveyed Afghanistan Cricket Board to keep their players in control during upcoming series against Pakistan in Sharjah.

Last year, when the two teams met in Sharjah in Asia Cup, Asif Ali was seen involved in a heated exchange of words with Afghan fast bowler Fareed Ahmad Malik. 

“I had a chat with Afghanistan officials in Dubai about crowd control and their players’ behavior. What is the guarantee regarding managing your fans and players, because past experiences haven’t been good,” Sethi said.

“We told Afghanistan Board to control their players. Winning and losing is part of the game. We have experience with regards to winning and losing, so we can control our emotions, but they are new to international cricket, so they need to keep their players in check,” he added.

After the match, Afghan fans were seen hitting Pakistan fans with chairs as their team lost a close encounter.

“There were two assurances given. UAE authorities have made a new plan, in which they will try their best that Pakistan fans and Afghanistan fans won’t sit together in the same stand,” Sethi said.

“In addition to that, strict action will be taken against rowdiness from people. There will be strict security in Sharjah,” he added.

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