Reports are surfacing that Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan was spotted at a Casino in Christchurch before the match against West Indies on Saturday, which has raised many eyebrows back home.
Although West Indies lost to lowly Ireland team, but it defeated Pakistan, who were thought to be favorites for the match, heavily by 150 runs.
The defeat raised many eyebrows over the anomaly of the result, as the match also marked World Record of worst start in an ODI encounter, as Pakistan lost four of its initial wickets with only a single run on board.
Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain, had been involved in many match-fixing controversies in the past.
Former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz had also questioned Moin Khan’s presence with the team Down Under even before the World Cup began.
“Moin Khan had been involved in many match-fixing controversies. The board should reconsider its decision for accompanying Moin Khan with the team,” he had said.
“Moin Khan along with Kapil Dev did a lot of gambling during Indian Cricket League. He has a tainted past,” Sarfraz had said.
The defeat against West Indies, especially the big margin of 150 runs, has raised many questions. And now reports of Moin’s presence at a Casino just before the match had further consolidated apprehensions of some wrongdoings Down Under.
It may be noted that Pakistan dropped half a dozen catches during the match, which certainly helped West Indies post a mammoth 310-run total.