The final round of matches in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off tournament saw the United Arab Emirates defeat Jersey by 66 runs at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek, Namibia. This victory helped UAE finish second behind the USA in the final standings to qualify alongside them for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament scheduled to be held this June and July in Zimbabwe.
The most talked about incident from this matchup happened on the third ball of the 21st over in the Jersey team’s run chase. Rohan Mustafa of UAE bowled a flighted off-break to the batter Josh Lawernson who spooned it straight to him. Mustafa showcased a swift reaction but still, he had a juggling act with the ball and caught it on the third attempt. In the very next moment, he actually pointed the ball towards the groin area of the non-striker Harrison Carlyon as if he is going to have his number next with a potential Mankad dismissal.
Immediately afterwards, both Rohan Mustafa and Harrison Carlyon had a big laugh in the middle as they saw the funny side of the incident. A Twitter user posted the incident on his account with the caption, “The Qualifier Play-off did have some bad blood, but there was this, and considering even Harrison Carlyon thought it was funny, I say play on.”
Watch the video here:
Since then, the incident has gone viral and a lot of funny reactions from fans and cricketers have been making the rounds.