Glenn Maxwell says handshake snub of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed a case of 'genuine oversight'

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Maxwell has clarified his apparent handshake snub on Sunday.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was at the centre of controversy on Sunday following the T20 tri-series final against Pakistan as he seemed to snub Sarfraz Ahmed’s offer of a handshake.

However, Maxwell clarified the incident was due to a ‘genuine oversight.’

Television replays showed the Australia all-rounder walk past the Pakistan skipper’s outstretched hand after the men in green had completed a six-wicket win in the final.

Maxwell took to Twitter on Monday to clear the air.

“Congrats to Pakistan on their win yesterday, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik were unstoppable. Sad note to end our tour of Zimbabwe, but still plenty of positives to take out of it,” the 29-year-old’s post read.

“In regards to the incident shown post match, it appears unsportsmanlike, and certainly not the way I play the game. It was a genuine oversight on my behalf and I’m currently looking for Sarfraz in the hotel to shake his hand and congratulate him and his team on their series win,” it added.

Pakistan chased down Australia’s total of 183-8 with opener Fakhar Zaman scoring a brilliant 91. Pakistan’s win was all the more remarkable as they had lost two wickets in the very first over of the chase to Maxwell.

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Shahid Afridi backs Pakistan for World T20 title

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Shahid Afridi is confident in Pakistan's chances.

Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan are moving in the right direction as they approach the World T20 tournament to be played in 2020.

Pakistan defeated Australia in the final of the T20I tri-series, which also saw hosts Zimbabwe compete, on Sunday by six wickets, thanks to Fakhar Zaman‘s 91-run knock.

They are now at the top of ICC’s T20I rankings with 132 points, having won nine successive T20I series, and the former all-rounder feels the team is doing really well.

“I think it’s still a long way to go and I think the way our boys are playing is very good. All the youngsters, they’re doing a great job and Inshallah we’re hoping they’re going to do well for Pakistan.”

Asked if he would like to have a go when that tournament begins, Afridi had a clear answer.

“No, not at all. I’m done, I enjoyed my cricket for Pakistan, I’m playing just my league cricket and I’m enjoying myself.”

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Fakhar Zaman turning into a big-match player for Pakistan

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Fakhar Zaman knocked 91.

Some players thrive on the biggest stage. The greater the challenge, they better they perform. And since you don’t find those characteristics in your average cricketers, big-match performers remain etched in memory for a long time.

Australia’s wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist is one of the biggest ‘big-match’ players in history. The Aussies won the 1999, 2003 and the 2007 World Cups. Gilchrist’s contribution in those three wins was 54 from 36 balls, 57 from 48 balls and 149 from 104 balls, respectively. Basically, a champion of finals.

Doing it once is good. Doing it consistently takes a lot of effort and also shows the mentality of the player. And it’s safe to say Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is made of the same material that made Gilchirst what he was.

The left-handed batsman burst onto the scene during the Champions Trophy in England last year and smashed two fifties to help his team qualify for the final where he cracked a century against India in the final to end the contest within the first 35 overs itself.

And just to prove that glorious Champions Trophy was not a fluke – if anyone still had a doubt – Zaman came up with an equally fine innings under pressure as he made 91 from 46 balls to help chase down 184 in the T20 tri-series final against Australia.

Pakistan had lost two wickets in the first over of the chase but Zaman hit back with even more power, smashing 12 fours and three sixes.

The left-handed batsman doesn’t have a conventional stance and predominantly plays on the leg side. But what he has in abundance is a strong mind and ability to soak in the pressure.

Pakistan have a brilliant bowling attack, are led by a good captain in Sarfraz Ahmed and have some very promising batsmen. Zaman adds an altogether different dimension to the team. Something that no system in the world can inculcate – big-match mentality.

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