A conflict occurred between Pakistan’s former captain Sarfaraz Khan and left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi during the Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators match in the PSL (Pakistan Super League) in Abu Dhabi. Both of them had to be separated by the Lahore captain Sohail Akhtar and senior Muhammad Hafeez and the umpires in the 19th over of the Quetta innings on Tuesday.
The heated conflict took place after Sarfaraz was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Shaheen Afridi which was declared a no-ball by the umpire. The ball hit the helmet and went down to the third man and as Sarfaraz took the run and went to the non-striker’s end, he had said something to Afridi. However, the young left-arm pacer didn’t take kindly to the words from Sarfaraz Khan and reacted aggressively walking down from his run-up for a face-off.
As Shaheen got more animated and pointed towards Sarfaraz while trying to get close to him, the umpire intervened to keep the two apart with Sohail Akhtar and Muhammad Hafeez also rushing down to cool down the situation. The incident sparked a debate on social media with many criticizing Afridi and his aggressive reaction and behaviour towards Sarfaraz Khan while others defended the youngster.