Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell has been slammed by fans after he appeared to snub the handshake of Pakistani captain Sarfarez Ahmed.
Post-match vision showed the Australian cricketer shake the hand of a Pakistani batsman and the umpires whilst Ahmed’s hand was left outstretched.
Viewers from around the world were quick to point out Maxwell’s supposed snub on social media, and there were also widespread rumours that Sarfarez told Maxwell to “f*** off’ in the exchange.
It seems Australia’s promise to play respectful cricket was only a lip-service. Maxwell refusing to shake hands with Sarfraz was worse than sledging. They say in Punjabi: Baandar hovay te chaal na maare. #PakvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 8, 2018
Maxwell left my bro Sarfaraz hanging there with the hand shake #PAKvAUS
— Abdullah Raja (@rabdullahkhan) July 8, 2018
#PAKvAUS pathetic unethical attitude shown by Maxwell. This is not the sportman spirit, I can, t believe Australian can do this.
— Umair Ali (@umairali453) July 8, 2018
— F@rrukh M@sood (@FarrukhMasood5) July 8, 2018
Maxwell later took to Twitter to clarify the incident, saying it was an “oversight” on his behalf.
In a similar incident, Peter Siddle was involved in a fiery clash in his Canadian Global T20 league clash when he refused to shake the hand of opponent Kesrick Williams.
Williams reportedly had words with the Australian bowler after he had hit him for four runs, and Siddle did not appreciate it.
The Maxwell incident came after Pakistan defeated Australia in a record run chase to secure the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe.
Aaron Finch’s team posted a competitive total of 8-183 at Harare Sports Club and looked on track for a memorable victory by taking two wickets in the first over.
But the surprise success of opening the bowling with Glenn Maxwell’s off-spin didn’t last as Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman blasted a sublime 91 from 46 balls.
Zaman combined with veteran Shoaib Malik (43 not out) for a fourth-wicket partnership of 107 as Pakistan passed Australia’s total with four balls to spare – their highest successful run-chase in T20Is.
The pair punished the bowling of Ashton Agar and Jack Wildermuth with 16 runs each in consecutive overs midway through the innings to set Pakistan on their way to victory.
Zaman took out the player of the series for hitting 278 runs at an average of 55.6.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Pakistan on Sunday as Zaman lost his opening partner Sahibzada Farhan, who was stumped off a wide on his first ball in international cricket.
Earlier, recalled opening batsman D’Arcy Short responded from being dropped for the final group game by hitting 76 from 53 balls to boost Australia’s innings.
Short put on 95 for the first wicket with Finch (47 from 27 balls) despite him struggling for momentum early in his innings.
But when the pair were dismissed, Australia’s momentum nosedived as they managed just 6-46 from their last five overs.
“I thought we should’ve got up around 200,” Finch said after the game.
“Towards the end they bowled really well and we just kept losing a few wickets which stalls your momentum a touch.
“I thought we started off very well with the ball but we probably lost our way in the middle there, Fakhar Zaman played a hell of a knock.”
Pakistan didn’t help themselves with some sloppy fielding, which included dropping Finch on the first ball he faced.
Mohammad Amir was Pakistan’s best bowler with a haul of 3-33, including two wickets in the final over, to ensure Australia didn’t get to 200.