Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell clarified on Monday the rumour claiming he snubbed Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for a handshake after Sunday’s final of the T20 tri-series in Harare.
Maxwell took to Twitter on Monday, explaining that the incident was nothing more than a “genuine oversight” on his part.
“Congrats to Pakistan on their win yesterday, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik were unstoppable,” the allrounder wrote.
“Sad note to end our tour of Zimbabwe, but still plenty of positives to take out of it.
“In regards to the incident shown post-match, it appears unsportsmanlike, and certainly not the way I play the game,” he added.
Not shaking hands with Pak captain after winning the series its not a great example set by Glen Maxwell plus kids are watching his behaviour & looking up to him. Now-he should apologise to Pak team & Sarfraz ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 9, 2018
Footage showing the all-rounder walking past Sarfraz, who had his hand ready for a handshake, made rounds on social media with fans and commentators criticising the Australian cricketer.
“It was a genuine oversight on my behalf and I’m currently looking for Sarfraz in the hotel to shake his hand and congratulate him and his team on their series win,” Maxwell added.
For those who missed it. This is what happened. pic.twitter.com/nORNAMLTPR
— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) July 8, 2018
In a video circulating on social media, players can be seen shaking hands after the match but Maxwell apparently refused to do it with Sarfraz.
A Twitter user posted the clip and wrote: “For those who missed it. This is what happened.”
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) July 8, 2018