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T20 World Cup, AFG vs PAK: Pakistani fans with tickets outside breaking ticketless Afghanistan groups to enter Dubai stadium


Fans from Afghanistan, Pakistan on their way to the stadium in Dubai (Representative image).© AFP

The Afghanistan-Pakistan game fans from all over Dubai would come in, but not many would have expected an almost rush situation, as groups of Afghan fans tried to enter the Dubai International Cricket Stadium without tickets. Fans started coming in in large numbers for the Friday night game from as early as noon, but the trouble started when some fans tried to enter the stadium minus tickets. One of the Pakistani fans who had come all the way from London for the match could not enter the stadium in time as the gates were locked. “We’re going to watch a T10 game here because people without tickets jumped over the gates and we could not get in,” the fan said, pointing to his young children who had their suitcases checked.

While the security cordon tried its best to keep non-ticket holders away from the entrance, the large number of supporters seemed to want to enter the ground to see the Afghan players in action against Pakistan. In fact, the worst part was that some of the fans who had tickets were forced to skip the match.

Earlier, scenes of Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi in tears as the national anthem was played before the match against Scotland had people from all over the world supporting him on social media. Nabi took over after Rashid Khan refused to lead the team in the T20 World Cup.

The spinner claimed his “permission” was not obtained before announcing the squad for the T20 World Cup. Minutes after the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced the group, Rashid said the selection committee and ACB had not obtained his permission for the team.

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“As the captain and responsible person for the nation, I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team. The selection committee and ACB did not obtain my consent for the team announced by ACB media,” he said. Rashid said in a statement on Twitter.

“I make the decision to resign immediately from the role of captain of Afghanistan’s T20 team. It is always my pride to play for Afghanistan,” he added.

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