Former Pakistan cricketer, Hasan Raza, recently came up with a strong allegation against the Indian team, accusing them of foul play and name-dropped Md. Shami and Siraj.
After bowling a feisty spell against Sri Lanka during the World Cup 2023 match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, India’s speed trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj have the cricket world in a frenzy.
Siraj, Bumrah, and Shami were on fire as they combined to take nine of the ten wickets that Sri Lanka needed to chase 359, limiting them to their second-lowest ODI score of 55. As of right moment, the Indian pace trio has claimed 38 wickets in total.
But while Shami, Siraj and Bumrah have impressed with the bowling display, Raza believes that the ICC and the BCCI are favouring the Indian team by delivering special balls and urged the matter to be looked into.
“We are seeing that when they are batting, they bat really well and suddenly the ball starts doing things when India bowl. There have been 7-8 close DRS calls that have gone in their favour. The way Siraj and Shami were swinging the ball, it seemed like the ICC or the BCCI were giving them different and suspicious balls in the second innings. There needs to be an inspection done on the ball. There could also be an extra layer of coating on the ball for swing,” Raza said while speaking to a channel called ABN.
“India had three fielders in place and even KL Rahul was standing long behind the stumps. It means that the ball had that hardness even after so many overs. Shami picked 5 wickets for some 18 runs, Siraj got 3. I can’t imagine that these are international batters and they’re all getting out playing across. It’s almost as if the ball that is used earlier vanishes. So I supposed this should be looked into.”
Former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza says the ICC or BCCI is giving different balls to Indian bowlers, and that's why they are taking wickets. He wants this issue to be investigated 😱 #INDvSL #INDvsSL #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/21FqQBmViX
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