Afghan cricketers are now poking fun at Pakistani players due to Maxwell's antics.
In the ICC World Cup, the defeat by Glenn Maxwell’s hands left Afghan cricketers stunned. A video shared by the ICC recently showed Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan attempting to mimic Australian batter Glenn Maxwell’s unique ten-foot work during training. After the video went viral, Afghan cricketers recalled the unplayable innings of 201 runs by Maxwell, and they began mocking Pakistani players.
Following Pakistan’s loss, Afghan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who received a bat gift from captain Babar Azam, along with several other Afghan players, including Naveen-ul-Haq, expressed their thoughts on Instagram. Naveen-ul-Haq shared a story stating, “Ten-footwork but! The program is still pending (meaning the game has slipped away from our hands).”
Before that, Afghan cricketers faced an unbeatable situation against Australian batter Glenn Maxwell, who, despite losing seven wickets at 91, played a sensational innings of 201 runs, shattering Afghanistan’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals. While the world praised Maxwell’s innings, Afghan cricketers were not pleased.
On the other hand, after Sri Lanka’s loss, Pakistan’s hopes of playing in the semi-finals are also dwindling. The national team is facing slim chances of winning the match against England in an unpredictable situation.
The Instagram stories of both cricketers have evoked strong reactions from Pakistani cricket enthusiasts, expressing deep disappointment that Afghan cricketers, who were given respect by Pakistan, are now engaging in disgraceful actions.
It should be noted that there is an ongoing process in Pakistan to deport Afghan nationals residing illegally in the country. The Afghan government has raised objections to this, and cricket players seem to be affected by these tensions between the two countries.