Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Glenn Maxwell Clarifies After Sarfraz Ahmed Handshake Snub

Glenn Maxwell Clarifies After Sarfraz Ahmed Handshake Snub

After being beaten fair and square in the Tri-nations final, Maxwell appeared to ignore Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed's offer for a customary end-of-the-game handshake. It also proves that the match was played in the right spirit from both the teams.

However, the footage had caused quite a stir on social media.

The 29-year-old took to Twitter to explain the situation was a "genuine oversight" and not deliberate, as he looked to have avoided Sarfraz while going on to shake hands with other Pakistan players on Sunday. And with the matter getting out of hand, Maxwell took to Twitter to reveal his side of the story.

"Not shaking hands with Pak captain after winning the series it's not a great example set by Glen Maxwell plus kids are watching his behaviour & looking up to him".

Clarifying that the act was totally unintentional, Maxwell posted a message on social media and wrote, "Congrats to Pakistan on their win yesterday, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik were unstoppable". The toss was won by the Australian cricket team, who chose to bat first. 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 for the series win.

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D'Arcy Short (76) and captain Aaron Finch shared a 95-run opening stand in just 9.5 overs.

In reply, Pakistan were off to a disastrous start.

However, Zaman and veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik (43) saw the world No1 team past the finish line.

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 global cricket.

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