Aakash Chopra lashes out at Ex-Pakistani cricketers for accusing India of deliberately losing to England in WC 2019
The controversy stoked by the Ben Stokes book, On Fire, refuses to die down. A few ex-Pakistani cricketers including Waqar Younis, who is an ICC brand ambassador had said that India deliberately lost to a England to ensure that Pakistan doesn’t qualify. While as Stokes mentioned in his book, MS Dhoni’s tactics were a bit bizarre, but taking that to the next extreme and accusing him of voluntarily throwing the match is downright absurd.
Another big name who has been making noises is Abdul Razzaq, who even after Ben Stokes’ clarification hasn’t stopped his propoganda machinery. “There is no doubt that India lost on purpose. I had told this at that time as well. In fact, everyone else opined the same. For a person [Dhoni] who can hit fours and sixes at will, he was blocking everything…Hence, one tends to know,” said Razzaq.
Former India opening batsman and successful YouTuber, Aakash Chopra has now rightly lashed out at these voices. “I am wearing a T-shirt which says Sharam (shame) not found. Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” said Chopra. “It is understandable if the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn’t make sense to Stokes or if he was confused by Dhoni’s approach towards the end. But he never said that India deliberately lost the match.”
He even called for such ex-Pakistani players to be banned by the ICC, since this gives a bad name to them as well. “Former Pakistani cricketers are openly saying that India lost deliberately and ICC should fine them. How can you think like that? It was more important for India to top the group at that time. India only lost one game in the group stages and that happened to be that game against England,” he added.