CWC 2019: Pakistan skipper defends India’s integrity over loss to England

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Sarfaraz Ahmed asserted the fact that it is not right to blame India for their loss to England. The Men In Blue were accused by various former Pakistani cricketers of deliberately losing to the hosts to hamper the chance of Pakistan making it into the semi-finals.

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The Pakistan cricket team returned back home after their campaign came to an end with the net run rate not being in their favour. Following their arrival, Sarfaraz Ahmed stated during the press conference that he does not believe that India lost on purpose and added that England played better on that day at Birmingham. He claimed:

“No, no, it is not right to say this. I don’t think India lost because of us. England played well to win,”

Moreover, the skipper also lashed out a journalist who proceeded to call the Bangladeshis as “Bengalis”. This promoted Ahmed to correct the journalist and warned her of the issues that it could cause moving forward. He added:

“Please don’t use this word. It could become an issue for you on social media. I think you should address them as Bangladesh. You are using an objectionable word,”

He concluded by praising the now retired Shoaib Malik for his contributions to Pakistan cricket and made it clear that despite his poor form, he was an important presence in the dressing room.

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