On 13 November 2022, Pakistan locked horns with England in the final of the 20-20 World Cup at the MCG. The stage was set for both teams as they were coming off after winning their respective semi-finals convincingly. However, fans of both teams were hoping for the second 20-20 World Cup title in their history. But, Pakistan failed to win the cup as England defeated them by a margin of five wickets.
Regarding that loss, the former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar shared a heartbreaking emoji on his Twitter. In response to that, the current Indian pacer, Mohammed Shami wrote: “Sorry brother It’s call karma” with three heart-breaking emojis. Fans went crazy as the tweet made headlines. Now, regarding that matter, Shahid Afridi shared his opinions on Pakistan’s national news channel Samaa TV.
“Aisi cheezein nahi honi chahiye jiss se nafrat phaile logo ke beech me.” - Shahid Afridi on Mohammed Shami
While speaking on Pakistan’s national news channel Samaa TV, Shahid Afridi said: “Ham log jo cricketers hain, we are ambassadors, role models. Hamaari koshish honi chahiye ki ye sab khatm hona chahiye. Ham ek doosre ke padosi hain. Aisi cheezein nahi honi chahiye jiss se nafrat phaile logo ke beech me. Agar ham hi aisa karenge toh aam aadmi se ham kya ummeed rakhenge.”
He looked disappointed with the approach from the Indian pacer. Afridi also added that even if you are a retired cricketer, you should not do such things. However, Mohammed Shami currently plays for his country. “Sports se hamaare relationship behetar rahenge. Inke saath ham khelna chahte hain, Pakistan me dekhna chahte hain. Agar aap retired player ho... tab bhi nahi karna chahiye. Par aap current team se khel rahe ho, avoid karo inn sab cheezo ko.” Shahid Afridi concluded.
Speaking of the final, Pakistan batted first and scored 137 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs. Only Shan Masood scored 38 runs off 28 balls. But, England's batters managed to chase down the target in 19 overs with five wickets to spare. Thus, England won the 20-20 World Cup title for the second time in their history.