Afridi – Naveen – Amir fight | Was scoring 100s before you were born: Shahid Afridi tells Naveen-ul-Haq amid fiery exchange in LPL
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- Young Afghan pacer Naveen ul Haq had a heated altercation with Mohammad Amir and Shahid Afridi
- The incident took place during the Lanka Premier League match between Kandy Tuskers and Galle Gladiators
- During the altercation, Afridi said to have told Naveen: “Son I was scoring 100s in international cricket before you were born”
Cricketers from various regions of the globe have assembled in Sri Lanka for the Lanka Premier League. During a match between Kandy Tuskers and Galle Gladiators in the T20 league on Monday, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi came to blows with Afghanistan’s youngster Naveen-ul-Haq over the latter’s alleged abuse of Mohammad Amir.
Kandy Tuskers went on to beat Galle Gladiators in the LPL to register their first win of the season but it was the heated exchange in the middle of the pitch between Tuskers pacer Naveen-ul-Haq and Gladiators duo Mohammad Amir and Shahid Afridi that grabbed the spotlight.
In the 18th over of the game, Naveen was smashed for a boundary by Amir on the fourth delivery of the over before the pacer bounced back and delivered a dot on the 5th ball. The Afghan pacer seemed to have crossed his line a bit and abused Amir after the penultimate delivery of the over.
The incident saw Amir and Naveen having a fiery exchange but that wasn’t the end of it. The 20th over of the match produced similar scenes and this time it was Gladiators skipper Afridi deciding to speak to Naveen.
Afridi seemed to be greeting everyone with a smile after the match was over but when he came across Naveen, the veteran custodian of the game had a grim look on his face. It was then that the veteran all-rounder reportedly told the Afghan rookie: “Son I was scoring 100s in international cricket before you were born”.
The Lanka Premier League has produced great cricketing action so far. In the match between the Tuskers and Gladiators, Danushka Gunathilaka’s 82 off 53 took Gladiators to a total of 197 runs while batting first. The Tuskers fell quite short in the chase, scoring only 171 in 20 overs.
Kusal Mendis (49 off 30) and Brendan Taylor (51 off 35) were the top scorers for Kandy in the chase but their efforts weren’t enough in the end.