BCCI: Following India’s T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh on Wednesday in Adelaide, a Pakistani journalist claimed that the ICC favors India in multi-nation events. Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi did not directly agree with that question, but his response was along similar lines.
Bangladesh gave India a scare in the 2022 T20 World Cup on Wednesday (November 2) at the Adelaide Oval, as opening batter Litton Das threatened to run away with the match with an incredible 60-ball knock.
When play was halted due to rain, India was facing defeat because Bangladesh was 17 runs ahead of the DLS system. The rain eventually stopped, much to the relief of every Indian cricket fan, and the game was reduced to a 16-over affair. The team led by Rohit Sharma held their nerve to win by 5 runs.
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Their remarks were based on the Shakib Al Hasan incident during that Super 12 Group 2 game, in which the Bangladesh captain was dissatisfied with the match being resumed 15 minutes after the rain stopped. Notably, Adelaide is known as one of the world’s fastest-drying grounds.
As the match resumed on a wet outfield, ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi responded to a shocking statement claiming that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is doing everything possible to ensure India reaches the semi-finals. The remark surprised cricket fans because similar efforts were made in both the South Africa-Zimbabwe and Pakistan-South Africa matches, which are currently underway despite rain on the ground.
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A Pakistan journalist told a leading channel about the episode after the rain break at the Adelaide Oval, “Shakib Al Hasan keh rahe thhe bhi yehi keh rahe thhe bhi yehi keh ra Or bhi screen par dikhaya gaya. Geeli thi, aap ne ground dekhi. (Shakib Al Hasan said the same thing, and it was shown on the screen.) You could see how wet the ground was. However, I believe the ICC is biased toward India. They want India to reach the semifinals at any cost).”
Afridi, who was on the panel, responded, ” “I’m aware of what occurred. Given the amount of rain that fell, the game resumed immediately after the intermission. It is clear that the ICC, India’s participation, and the pressure that comes with it are all important factors.”
Binny has responded to the two’s allegations, claiming that no team, including India, receives preferential treatment at ICC events despite being a “big powerhouse” in cricket.
“It’s not fair. I don’t believe the ICC favours us. Everyone receives the same treatment. There is no way you can say that. What sets us apart from other teams? “India is a cricketing powerhouse, but we’re all treated the same,” he told ANI.