Exclusive: Sarfraz says all Pakistan vs India World Cup matches were fixed
Karachi: Former Pakistan Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz alleges that almost all five World Cup matches played between Pakistan and India in the past were fixed.
“The matches Pakistan lost to Bangladesh and India in 1999 World Cup were fixed. Almost each of the five matches Pakistan played against India during World Cups were fixed,” Sarfraz said while talking to arysports.tv on Friday.
Archrivals Pakistan and India have met during World Cups on five occasions with India winning all of them.
“I have many times said that please don’t send (Chief selector) Moin Khan and (Coach) Waqar Younis with the team since they had been involved in fixing scandals in the past. Moreover, Moin Khan also coached Lahore Badshahs during Indian Cricket League, where match fixing freely happened,” he said.
Considered a pioneer of reverse swing, former pacer Sarfraz feared former Indian skipper Kapil Dev, who spearheaded ICL enterprise, could again entice Moin Khan to fix the match of Pakistan and India.
Recently, former Pakistan skipper Aamir Sohail was also seen telling media that ‘whatever happens between Pakistan and India World Cup match, happens outside the field’.
Meanwhile, Sarfraz also criticized Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for having tainted Mohammad Amir cleared for domestic cricket. “I say we must restrict him (Amir) to first class cricket and ban him for international events in order to set strong example for future generations.”
Sarfraz added ICC has cleared Amir in order to help Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) sweep its match-fixing scandals, which also includes their captain MS Dhoni, under the carpet.
Sarfraz was also critical of the selection of the team and said there is no experience in the bowling department.
“Our bowling is very weak. It will struggle in New Zealand and Australia. There is also no third opener. The selectors behaved as if the team they are sending is going to play club cricket not World Cup,” Sarfraz fumed.
He further said that PCB has proved to be impotent because when all teams were playing large number of matches, PCB has managed to get only two ODIs against New Zealand prior to World Cup.
“England, India and Australia are playing tri-series; New Zealand and Sri Lanka have played seven ODIs while South Africa and West Indies have also played good number of matches. But our board only managed to get peanuts – only two ODIs before the World Cup. This is ridiculous,” said an infuriated Sarfraz.
He added that PCB should avoid to send its governing board members for a joyride Down Under and instead offer one-year contracts to players.
Recently, Pakistan team players rejected three-month extension of their pre-existing contracts and asked for complete one-year contracts instead.