Shahid Afridi reveals conversation with Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq after on-field spat at LPL 2020

Lanka Premier League: Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi revealed he gave a piece of advice to Naveen-ul-Haq after the Afghanistan pacer’s spat with Galle Gladiators star Mohammad Amir on Monday.

Don’t indulge in abusive talk: Afridi reveals advise to Afghan pacer Naveen at LPL (AFP Photo)


  • Shahid Afridi was seen confronting Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq at LPL 2020
  • Naveen was spotted in an heated exchange with Galle Gladiators star Mohammad Amir
  • Afridi is leading Galle Gladiators in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League

Former Pakistan all-rounder and Galle Gladiators captain Shahid Afridi said he told Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq to just focus on the game and not indulge in on-field spats with “abusive talks” after a heated Lanka Premier League (LPL) match against Kandy Tuskers in Hambantota on Monday.

Shahid Afirdi confronted the young Afghanistan pacer after Galle Gladiators lost to Kandy Tuskers in a hard-fought contest. Naveen-ul-Haq was seen having a go at Gladiators pacer Mohammad Amir during the 18th over of the latter’s chase. Tuskers players had to intervene and calm things down as television cameras spotted the heated moment.

The on-field spat extended to the 20th over and the two players stood their ground and exchanged a few fiery words after the game ended.

While the two teams were making their way to the dressing room after the customary handshakes, Shahid Afridi had a heated interaction with Naveen-ul-Haq. Afridi seemingly lost his cool as the Afghanistan pacer kept talking back.

Taking to social media on Tuesday, Shahid Afridi revealed the conversation he had with Naveen-ul-Haq, saying respect for teammates is a crucial aspect of the sport.

“My advice to the young player was simple, play the game and don’t indulge in abusive talk. I have friends in Afghanistan team and we have very cordial relations. Respect for teammates and opponents is the basic spirit of the game,” Shahid Afridi said in a social media post.

Afridi-led Galle Gladiators are yet to open their account in the Lanka Premier League. They have lost three on the bounce in the 5-team tournament. On Monday, Brendan Taylor’s half-century helped Kandy Tuskers to a huge total of 196 runs in their 20 overs. In response, Danushka Gunathilaka played a brilliant knock of 82 off 53 balls but the Gladiators fell short of the target by 25 runs.

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