Basit Ali former Pakistan cricketer alleges South Africa vs India match to be fixed
Updated - Feb 27, 2015 12:41 pm
Basit Ali former Pakistan cricketer alleges South Africa vs India match to be fixed: Was the South Africa vs India match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 fixed? Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali feels so. He said that the South Africa vs India match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 played on the 23rd February, 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was fixed as he suspects the moves made by the South Africans on the field were questionable.
A lot of South African players were picked in the IPL auction and they have always heavily represented teams in the league, many of those guys formed the XI against India and this is what looks fishy to Ali.
He was quoted saying, “Which team players are mostly featured in the IPL? It’s South Africa and Australia. The South Africans fielded those players who play in the IPL, and I think that itself raises a big question. On field, South Africa are a better side. But then, some decisions did look a bit strange. The way Wayne Parnell gave away runs; it looked as if he was asked to give away those runs,”
Basit Ali who works as a cricket commentator now went to the extent of accusing the IPL organizers of intentionally and conspicuously keeping Pakistan cricketers at bay from participating in the T20 league as including them would have exposed their intentions. While players from all cricket playing nations are eligible to make themselves available for the IPL auction it is only the Pakistani’s who are prohibited from participation following political tussle and miscommunication between the neighbors.
“Why don’t they allow Pakistan to play in IPL? Not because of any political issue, but they are afraid that all the wrongdoings will be exposed,” Ali further said.
Kamran Akmal the wicket-keeper batsman who missed a spot in the Pakistan squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 completely rubbished Basit Ali’s claims and said he had played in the initial season of the league and observed that it was performance driven and totally clean in functioning.
Akmal was quoted saying, “That was a strange decision and I think that changed the course of the match. The decision to bring in JP Duminy in the ninth over was also surprising,” When I played IPL, it was absolutely clean. We just focused on our own performances,” Akmal concluded.
These are grave allegations on both the Indian and South African cricketers with the ICC ACSU having a close eye on all the proceeding in the world cup 2015 Basit might need more than what he thinks to suggest his ideas have some considerable base to investigate.
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