Cricket World Cup 2019: Sarfraz Ahmed confident Pakistan fans will not boo Steve Smith

Waseem Ahmed 11/06/2019
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Sarfraz Ahmed is confident Pakistan fans will not boo Australia batsman Steven Smith during their World Cup match in Taunton on Wednesday.

Pakistan fans are expected to make up a majority of the crowd and there is a possibility of some following the example of Indian supporters who jeered Smith at The Oval on Sunday.

However, Sarfraz says his compatriots will do no such thing.

“I don’t think Pakistani people will do that,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by AFP. “Pakistani people love cricket, they love to support and they love the players.”

A number of Indian fans booed Smith and some called him “cheater”, refering to his one-year ban over the ball-tampering scandal last year. That forced captain Virat Kohli to direct Indians fans to stop jeering. He then apologised to Smith.

Meanwhile, Sarfraz said Pakistan’s 5-0 series defeat by Australia in March is well and truly behind them.

“I think that thing is gone, it’s past,” said the wicketkeeper batsman. “We’re not thinking about that. Actually we are thinking about tomorrow’s game. So our morale is very high and we will do our best.”

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The Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match in Bristol was also rained off.

A record third game at the World Cup was abandoned as inclement weather led to Sri Lanka suffering their second washout in a row against Bangladesh in Bristol.

Persistent rain and a wet outfield led to the abandonment of Sri Lanka’s encounter against Pakistan without a ball being bowled at the same venue last week and the soggy scenario repeated itself in the south-west on Tuesday.

The teams therefore collected a point each after it was decided shortly before 2pm to call the fixture off, three and a half hours after it was due to start, as the rain continued to fall.

Sri Lanka travel to The Oval to take on Australia this Saturday, 11 days after they last took to the field, while Bangladesh have six days to prepare for their clash against the West Indies at Taunton.

It is the second day in a row a match has fallen foul of the weather, with only 7.3 overs of play possible between South Africa and the Windies before rain led to a no-result.

The previous record of abandoned games stood at two, which happened at both the 1992 and 2003 tournaments.

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that the news that retired all-rounder AB de Villiers wanted to get back into the World Cup squad was both positive and negative, but that it was “way, way too late” when de Villiers called the skipper to express his feelings on the eve of the team announcement.

“We do feel like the news came in and came in like, just went through the team, didn’t have a huge impact, Faf said.

“There was just a discussion on on clarity and on making sure that everyone knows what’s going on. And then it was moving on. The team was happy to just get on with business, but it is stuff like that generally, you feel like it can make, you give you direction in your team and give you purpose to focus on what lies ahead.”









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