Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee Chairperson 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,” Sethi tweeted late Sunday night. “Police pulled me to safety. Overwhelming love and affection though.”
Earlier, Board of Investment (BoI) Chairperson 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.”
Meanwhile, a video posted by the official PTI account on Twitter showed Sethi arriving at The Oval and a group of charged Pakistani fans shouting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ slogans. “Spotting Sethi after a glorious win, jubilant Pakistanis burst spontaneously into #GoNawazGo outside The Oval,” PTI tweeted.