Basit Ali asked to explain claim of India deliberately losing its league matches to assure Pakistan’s exit from 2019 Cricket World Cup
Former Pakistan player Basit Ali had faced widespread criticism from scores of people for baseless comments on the Indian team during the league stages of the recently concluded 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
The 48-year-old, who has played 50 ODIs and 19 Tests for Pakistan, had commented that India would deliberately lose its last two league matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to make sure that Pakistan is prevented to seal a semi-final berth in the ongoing World Cup.
What was more remarkable was that he dismissed the fact that Cricket is a game of chances, and to prove his point gave the reference of the 1992 World Cup where, according to him, New Zealand had deliberately lost its final league match versus Pakistan, in order to play the semi-final match at their Home ground.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 26, 2019
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seek an explanation from Basit for his comments
The Pakistan Cricket Board has put former batsman Basit Ali’s appointment for a coaching assignment on hold and sought an explanation from him for suggesting that India would intentionally lose matches to knock Pakistan out of the recent World Cup.