Australia captain's statement on Gulbadin controversy, said – tears came out while laughing

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Gross Islet. Afghanistan has blocked Australia's path to the semi-finals in the ICC T20 World Cup. The Afghan team has confirmed its place in the final four by defeating Bangladesh in the last match of the Super 8. There was a controversy regarding Gulbadin Naib during this match. Australia captain Mitchell Marsh has given a statement about Afghanistan's all-rounder Gulbadin.

Marsh saw the funny side of Gulbadin's dramatic complaint of cramps during a T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh, calling it “one of the funniest things” he had seen on a cricket field. Gulbadin, fielding at slip in the 12th over, fell on his back, and grabbed his thighs, just when coach Jonathan Trott signalled play to slow down as rain threatened and Afghanistan were leading in the do-or-die Super Eights encounter.

“I started laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes and it ultimately didn't affect the game at all. So we can laugh about it now – but it was fun. It was fantastic,” Marsh told

Bangladesh were chasing 115 for victory at the time and were 81 for seven at the end of the 12th over, trailing by 83 runs as per the Duckworth-Lewis rule. However, Gulbadin later bowled two overs and enthusiastically participated in Afghanistan's victory celebrations without any 'objection'. As per ICC rules, a player can be banned for two matches for 'deliberate or repeated' time-wasting tactics, but Gulbadin can be let off only after the match referee has given him a first and final warning.

With this win, Afghanistan knocked Australia out of the T20 World Cup and Marsh said the 2021 champions should blame themselves for their exit. Marsh said, “We looked at it (the match) as a group. It was obviously a very great match, wasn't it? A lot of ups and downs. Obviously you want to keep playing this tournament. But one thing is that it was completely out of our control and we ourselves are responsible for it.”

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