Maxwell apologises to Sarfraz over ‘handshake snub’

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

Australian allrounder Maxwell walked past Sarfraz's outstretched hand as the teams shook hands following Pakistan's six-wicket win in the Twenty20 tri-series final in Harare on Sunday.

"It was a genuine oversight on my behalf and I'm now looking for Sarfraz in the hotel to shake his hand and congratulate him and his team on their series win", Maxwell added.

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".

The snub was caught on camera and, as expected, it created a massive backlash on social media with Pakistani fans berating the Aussie for his uncalled-for gesture (or lack thereof).

Maxwell has already clarified in his latest Twitter update that it was a genuine oversight on his part and he missed shaking hands with Sarfraz. And with the matter getting out of hand, Maxwell took to Twitter to reveal his side of the story.

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. "It was a genuine oversight on my behalf, and I'm now looking for Sarfraz in the hotel to shake his hand and congratulate him and his team on their series win". The toss was won by the Australian cricket team, who chose to bat first. "Sad note to end our tour of Zimbabwe, but still plenty of positives to take out of it", Maxwell opened.

In reply, Pakistan were off to a disastrous start.

Fakhar Zaman turned out to be a blessing for Pakistani cricket team, as he went on to score 91 runs off the 46 balls he played. They lost debutant Sahibzada Farhan and Hussain Talat for ducks in the first over of their innings.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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