Fans of Pakistan and Bangladeshi cricket teams wore shirts of their favourite teams and painted flags on their faces. Boys were riding bikes and raising slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ after the victory.
The participated audience said that although the Pakistani team won, the Bengal tigers stole the whole tournament by eliminating the world champion India. The slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” reverberated by the young groups with the national flag painted on their faces.
A large video screen was set up at the NPC Islamabad lawn got the houseful audience which enjoyed the thriller match as federal minister for information and broadcasting Dr. Firdus Ashiq Awan, members of parliament Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Begum Nuzhat Sadiq, Rai Mujtaba Kharal, secretary information Taimur Azmat Osman, managing director Pakistan Television Yousaf Baig Mirza, president National Press Club Islamabad Farooq Faisal Khan and other high dignitaries were also watched the match at the NPC Islamabad premises which jointly organized by the PTV and NPC Islamabad.
Firdus Ashiq Awan also congratulated the Pakistani nation and cricket team over the victory and expressed well wishes for future.
On the other hand Asian Cricket Council (ACC) also rejected a complaint by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that the Pakistan fast bowler Aizaz Cheema deliberately collided with the batsman Mahmudullah in the final over of the Asia Cup final.
The ACC chief Syed Ashraful Haq said it was turned down on the grounds that the incident was not formally reported by the on-field umpires.
"We had received Bangladesh's complaint but since the incident was not reported by the on-field umpires nothing can be done," Haq said.
The BCB had said it had seen video footage of the incident and would file the complaint to the ICC as well, but Haq said there was no question of taking it further.
"It could have happened then and there, but since the umpires and the match-referee did not take any action then, the matter is closed," said Haq.
The incident happened during the first ball of the 50th over, when Mahmudullah tried to come back for a second run but collided with Cheema. The rules of cricket (Law 42.5) sanction a strict penalty for the fielding team if a fielder is found by the umpire to deliberately obstruct a batsman while attempting a run. Neither batsman can be dismissed (if a run-out has taken place), five penalty runs are awarded to the batting side, the delivery will not count as one in the over, the run will count even if the batsmen haven't crossed and the batsmen can choose which of them faces the next delivery.