Gulbadin Naib’s actions following an alleged hamstring injury while fielding at slips during a crucial moment in Afghanistan’s clash against Bangladesh ignited a heated debate among commentators. The incident took place right before another rain interruption on June 25 at St. Vincent, with the match hanging in the balance. At that time, Bangladesh was struggling at 81 for 7, trailing by 2 runs according to the DLS score.

Gulbadin Naib Falls to Ground Right After Head Coach Ask to Slow the Match

Afghanistan’s coach, Jonathan Trott, had apparently sent a message to his players to slow down the game. In response, Naib appeared to clutch his hamstring and collapse to the ground. This behavior did not sit well with Rashid Khan, who questioned Naib’s condition as covers were brought onto the field and Naib was assisted off.

Commentator Simon Doull harshly criticized Naib’s actions, labeling them unacceptable. Doull expressed his frustration, remarking, “The coach sends a message out to say slow it down, slow it down, and the first slip just dives on the ground needlessly. That is unacceptable. Gone off anyway. I get that might have gone off anyway for the rain.”

Litton Das, meanwhile, found humor in the situation and was seen discussing it with Mohammad Nabi. The commentary box erupted in laughter upon reviewing the footage, with Pommie Mbangwa jokingly suggesting Naib deserved an “Oscar, Emmy?” and Doull predicting, “match fee gone.”

Naib did not return to the field immediately after the rain delay, with Najibullah replacing him. However, he eventually came back and even bowled the 15th over. The incident left a mark on the match, showcasing the tension and tactical ploys often seen in high-stakes cricket.

Meanwhile, in a high stake match that had several small interruption, that had many a blood pressure go up and down, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 8 runs to confirm their qualification into the T20 World Cup 2024 Semi-Finals. They have knocked-out Australia and take their place in the semi-final.

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