Asia Cup 2022: A fire broke out at a makeshift office building outside the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday but it was controlled within a few minutes as fans were making their way to the venue for India’s final Super 4 match against Afghanistan.
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- Fumes could be seen from inside the Dubai stadium on Thursday
- The fire was controlled within minutes
- India take on Afghanistan in a dead rubber in Dubai on Thursday
A fire broke out at a building near the entrance of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, September 8, hours ahead of the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 match between India and Afghanistan. Fumes could be seen from inside the stadium as fans were making their way into the venue for the dead rubber.
The fire broke out at a makeshift office outside the popular cricket stadium but it was controlled within a few minutes. There was no delay reported as the broadcasters and the teams got on with the pre-match routines in Dubai.
India and Afghanistan have both been knocked out of the race to the final of the Asia Cup 2022. Thursday’s match will determine the 3rd and 4th-placed teams in the Super 4 stage. Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified for the final, which will be held in Dubai on Sunday, September 11.
India topped Group A after beating Hong Kong and Pakistan but they lost to Pakistan by 5 wickets and to Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the Super 4 stage. India’s hopes relied on Afghanistan, who took on Pakistan in Sharjah on Wednesday, but Mohammad Nabi’s men lost to Babar Azam’s team by 1 wicket in a last-over thriller.
Notably, ugly scenes broke out at the Sharjah Stadium on Wednesday as Afghanistan fans were spotted breaking chairs at the stadium and hitting Pakistan fans after their senior national team lost a thriller to Pakistan to bow out of the Asia Cup.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar shared the video of the fans allegedly attacking Pakistan supporters, condemning their actions.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan batter Asif Ali and Afghanistan bowler Farid Ahmed were involved in a heated war of words after the former was dismissed in a tense chase of 130.
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