Not shaking hands was an 'oversight', clarifies Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell has admitted that not shaking Sarfraz Ahmed’s hand after the T20I tri-series final in Harare appears unsportsmanlike but stressed it was an oversight. Soon after Pakistan clinched the final by six wickets on Sunday (July 8), Sarfraz walked towards Maxwell to shake hands, but the Australian allrounder walked past him.

Australia had posted a challenging total of 183 for 8 after opting to bat. They then got off to an exceptional start when Maxwell dismissed Sahibzada Farhan and Hussain Talat in the very first over before Fakhar Zaman took the game away from them with a 46-ball 91.

Both the Pakistan captain and Maxwell had several exchanges during the game before the incident. “Congrats to Pakistan on their win yesterday, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik were unstoppable! Sad note to end our tour of Zimbabwe, but still plenty of positives to take out of it,” Maxwell clarified on Twitter. “In regards to the incident shown post-match, it appears unsportsmanlike, and certainly not the way I play the game.

“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 for their series win #wellplayed.”

Australia have been trying to reshape their image after the ball-tampering saga in South Africa earlier this year. Justin Langer and Tim Paine have gone lengths to create a camaraderie with the opposition, with Paine introducing the tradition to shake hands soon after the national anthems as a goodwill gesture.

Langer, on the other hand, has stressed the team will involve in banter but will refrain from any sort of abuse.

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