Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi has claimed he was “manhandled, pushed and shoved” by a group of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters at The Oval after the thrilling Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India.
Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing match on Sunday. Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed to 33-3 and 54-5 against a Pakistan side they had thrashed by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4. They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan’s 338-4.
“I was manhandled, pushed and shoved by a small group of PTI supporters. Police pulled me to safety. Overwhelming love and affection though,” Sethi tweeted late on Sunday night.
Earlier, Board of Investment (BoI) chairman Miftah Ismail said: “I just heard that Sethi was physically attacked by a bunch of youthful supporters of PTI. He had to seek police protection. Horrible.”
Responding to Ismail, a Geo News correspondent first rejected the Pakistan Super League (PSL) head’s claims of being manhandled by PTI supporters but later confirmed the incident citing “several journalists and eyewitnesses”.
However, a video posted by the official PTI account on Twitter showed Sethi arriving at The Oval and a group of charged Pakistani fans chanting “Go Nawaz Go” slogans. “Spotting Sethi after a glorious win, jubilant Pakistanis burst spontaneously into #GoNawazGo outside The Oval,” PTI tweeted.
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