Former Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal feels pacer Mohammad Amir should apologize to former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for inappropriate behaviour on social media. The duo had a heated exchange on Twitter after Pakistan managed to beat India for the first time in the 20-20 World Cup. Amir started things by coming in between Shoaib Akhtar and Harbhajan’s fun banter by posting an old video of Shahid Afridi spanking the off-spinner for four sixes.
Harbhajan fittingly responded by reminding Amir of his spot-fixing incident in 2010. The former Pakistani pacer didn’t take things sportingly and started to use inappropriate language which didn’t go well with Harbhajan and a lot of other fans. Ajmal has spoken about the heated exchange between the former cricketers and feels the players should know how to treat each other nicely.
“Players should treat each other in a nice manner because sports bring people together. I think Amir made a mistake by jumping in that conversation [between Shoaib Akhtar and Harbhajan Singh] and he should apologize for it. It was a discussion between two great cricketers and Amir made the wrong choice by getting involved in it,” said Ajmal while speaking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview.
Ajmal was also pleasantly surprised by Pakistan’s performances in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. The Babar Azam-led team have won four matches on the trot and have secured a place in the semis. The 44-year-old said it is heartening to see Pakistan perform so well in T20Is despite not much form behind them.
“Pakistan team has surprised us with their performance and energy level. If you look at our performance in T20 cricket in the last couple of years, we were in a position where we could not even form a team. Keeping that in mind, seeing such a performance was unbelievable and I loved watching them play,” he said.
Pakistan have one game left in the Super 12 stage against Scotland on Sunday (November 7).