Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi

Pakistan fans blame BCCI and the Australia cricket committee for umpires’ refusal of holding Shahid Afridi’s cap in the PSL.

Pakistan Fans blames BCCI & Australia

“Dear @ICC wondering why the umpires are not allowed to hold bowlers cap even though they are in the same bubble as the players/management and even shake hands at the end of the game?” the all-rounder wrote while expressing dissent and surprise over the protocol.

In the pre-Covid-19 era, the umpires were completely fine with the players asking them to hold on to their caps while they would deliver an over. However, with the pandemic outbreak still very much a global threat, the ICC guidelines have prohibited them from doing so.

And while Afridi’s tweet to the governing body of international cricket is understandable, the comments made by his fans, blaming the BCCI and the Indian cricket team for something like this seems completely outrageous.

Ever since the Covid-19 guidelines were set in place, international players have been seen wearing more than one cap at a time while fielding, simply because the others belong to their teammates or the bowlers who were in the middle of their spell.

The most recent and arguably the most famous incident of this sort took place during the first T20I match between New Zealand and Australia at the Hagley Oval when Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson was spotted wearing three caps, one on top of another.

Ever since the 2021 season of the Pakistan Super League kicked off on February 20, all six franchises have played two matches each.

Afridi’s Multan Sultans played their first match against Shadab Khan’s Islamabad United and second against Wahab Riaz’s Peshawar Zalmi.

However, the Sultans have lost both the matches, albeit both were tough fights, and are currently sitting at the number five spot of the PSL points table ahead of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Quetta Gladiators, thanks to the difference in their Net Run Rate.

Also read: Shahid Afridi Reveals that He Used Sachin Tendulkar’s Bat to Score His Fastest Century

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