Pakistani legend accuses cricket governing body of COOPERATION to ensure India make it to T20 World Cup final – after skipper Virat Kohli was accused of cheating on the pitch
- Former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has come out swinging at the ICC
- Accused the International Cricket Council of favoring India in T20 World Cup
- Virat Kohli left fans furious after ‘fake fielding’ in Bangladesh win
- The Kohli incident on the pitch was missed by umpires, fueling speculation
Pakistani cricket legend Shahid Afridi has sensationally accused the International Cricket Council of plotting to ensure India has a role when it matters in the T20 World Cup.
Afridi, 45, who is arguably the greatest all-rounder his country has produced, suggested the ICC wants to ‘ensure’ India progress to the semi-finals in Australia.
It followed skipper Virat Kohli leading the tournament favorites to a five-point win over Bangladesh in Adelaide earlier this week, in which the rifle batsman was accused of cheating in the field.
Kohli was charged with ‘fake fielding’ after pretending to execute an outfielder’s throw as the opposition moved between the wickets in an apparent attempt to deceive the opposition and create a run-out chance.
Pakistani cricket legend Shahid Afridi has sensationally accused the International Cricket Council of favoring India at the T20 World Cup on Australian shores
It followed Indian skipper Virat Kohli who was accused of cheating during his team’s win over Bangladesh in Adelaide
By the letter of the law, Kohli should have been given five runs for the incident.
Tiger’s wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan was one of many who was annoyed by the incident.
“You saw that we had to play in a wet outfield, but there was also a case of fake fieldwork that didn’t go our way either,” he told the press afterwards.
The ICC has a ‘fake fielding’ rule which states: ‘It is unfair for a fielder to intentionally, by word or deed, distract, mislead or hinder either batsmen after the batter has received the ball .’
Afridi was adamant that India would receive favorable treatment from umpires, especially after the rain-interrupted clash with the Tigers quickly resumed play after a delay.
The conditions were similar to the struggle between England and Australia at the MCG, which had been completely washed away.
Kohli (pictured top right) was accused of ‘fake fielding’ – and many cricket fans feel he – and India – should have gotten five runs that would have given Bangladesh the win
“Given the amount of rain that fell, the match (India against Bangladesh) was resumed immediately after the break,” Afridi bellowed.
“It’s very clear that the ICC, while India is playing … there is pressure that comes with that, there are many factors at play.”
Pakistan will take on Bangladesh from 2pm in Adelaide on Sunday in what is a must-win match for both sides.
Group B ladder leaders India will play Zimbabwe at 6pm in the MCG.