Afghan captain Naib calls for calm after fan clashes

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Published on June 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:23s

Afghan captain Naib calls for calm after fan clashes

Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib pleas with fans after clashes erupt following their three-wicket defeat by Pakistan at the World Cup.

Afghan captain Naib calls for calm after fan clashes


(SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHANISTAN CAPTAIN, GULBADIN NAIB, SAYING: "That atmosphere was pretty good between - not even for Pakistan's side.

We are here to leave a good impression of my team and also my country.

So, if you look at my country, so there's not good going on, like, in the last 40, 45 years.

But we are here to show to the world, so we want like friendship to anyone.

And we are really excited to play this kind of tournament or this kind of match with any team.

And also, I request to all the audience who behind the scenes who are watching these kind of matches, so this is only a cricket game.

Just watch like it's a cricket game.

It's a sport.

But I'm not going the other way.

I'm just playing for my country; cricket and nothing else.

Just if I'm playing my cricket still how -- but if I'm not, then I support my team from back home.

But I request to all audiences who are watching matches, please just watch like a sport, not like other.

So, it's very good." STORY: Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib issued a plea to supporters after his team's three-wicket defeat by Pakistan at the World Cup on Saturday (June 29) was marred by clashes in the stands and outside the stadium.

Videos shared on social media showed supporters of both countries fighting outside Headingley and security personnel being forced to intervene, while ESPNcricinfo reported that at least two fans were evicted from the ground during the match.

The clashes continued after the match ended, with supporters charging on to the pitch and some fans captured on camera throwing punches at each other in the stands.

The ICC has promised to take action against any offenders.

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