The India vs Bangladesh game in the Super 12 round of the 20-20 World Cup 2022 is marred by rain controversy. Apparently, a few of the former Pakistan cricketers have been raising their concerns over the way the game was restarted after rain. They feel that the game started early than it should have due to Indian Cricket Board’s influence. One such former cricketer was Shahid Afridi.
During a conversation with Samaa TV, the 2009 20-20 World Cup winner alleged that the Bangladesh team expressed their reservations before the game restarted. Afridi added that the ground was wet and the game shouldn’t have restarted at that time. The right-hander further added that the World Cricket Council wants India to ‘reach the semis’ at all costs.
“Shakib Al Hasan bhi yehi keh rahe thhe. Aur woh screen par bhi dikhaya gaya. Aap ne ground dekhi… geeli thi. Par mujhe lagta hai ki World Cricket Governing Council ka jhukaav jo hai, woh zara India ko kisi tareeke se semifinal pohuchaane ke liye kar raha hai (Shakib Al Hasan said the same thing and it was shown on the screen as well. You saw the ground how wet it was. But I feel that the ICC is somewhat inclined towards India. They want to ensure that India reach the semifinals at any cost).”
“I know what happened. Given the amount of rain that happened, the game resumed immediately after the break. It is very evident that that ICC, then India playing, then the pressure that comes with it, there are many factors involved.”
Every cricket board gets the same treatment: Roger Binny
In reply, India Cricket Board president Roger Binny has said that terming Word Cricket Governing Council as ‘biased’ is unfair. He added that every cricket board is treated the same. The 1983 World Cup winner further added that despite India being a powerhouse, they get the same treatment.
“Not fair. I don’t think we’re favoured by ICC. Everyone gets same treatment. No way in which you can say that. What do we get different from other teams? India is a big powerhouse in cricket but we’re all treated the same,” Binny was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.