World Cup: ICC Vows Action Against Unruly Fans After Scuffles At Pak Vs Afghanistan Match


The International Cricket Council said action will be taken to punish fans involved in “scuffles” at the World Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingly on Saturday, BBC reported.

Videos on social media showed fans of the two countries clashing outside the ground and a group trying to break through the gates between the main road and the ground in Leeds.

Fans were also seen jumping over the fence that surrounds the ground and gaining access to the concourse behind the Western Terrace.

The clashes continued after Pakistan’s thrilling three-wicket victory, with supporters charging on to the pitch and some fans captured on camera throwing punches at each other in the stands.

An ICC spokesperson said they were aware of “some scuffles among a minority of fans”. It was also reported that “physical clashes” in the stands led to some being evicted from the stadium.

“We are currently working with the venue security team and local police force to ensure there are no further incidents,” the spokesperson said. “We do not condone this type of behaviour, and will take appropriate action against any anti-social behaviour that spoils the enjoyment for the majority of fans.”

Pak Win A Thriller Against Afghanistan

Earlier, Pakistan survived a scare to beat Afghanistan by three wickets with two balls remaining in a thriller that moved Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side above England in the race for a World Cup semi-final spot.

Chasing 228 for victory, Pakistan fell to 81-3 and 156-6 as Afghanistan turned the screw and, with 48 needed from 36 balls, it looked out of Pakistan’s hands.

However, a disastrous 46th over by Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib went for 18 runs to put Pakistan back in control.

Despite Shadab Khan being run out with 22 runs needed for victory, Imad and Wahab Riaz held their nerve, with Wahab striking the first six of the innings to take the rate down to a run a ball.

In an astonishing finish, Imad drove Gulbadin to the boundary to reach an unbeaten 49, tie up victory and move his side ahead of England in the table.

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