Leg-spin veteran Mushtaq Ahmed claims he was told by West Indies batting great Chris Gayle that India conspired to end Pakistan’s hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup in England.
Mushtaq, who during the aforementioned tournament, was serving as West Indies’ assistant coach for spin bowling, made the massive claim while speaking to a local news channel on Friday.
“I was working with the West Indies squad at last year’s World Cup. After India’s loss to England, Jason Holder, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell said to me, Mushy, India didn’t want to see Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals. There is no rocket science in it,” said Mushtaq.
“England commentators, Nasser Hussain and Michael Artheton, had also pointed this issue out then. If you try to play with cricket, it will play with you. India became overconfident as everyone thought they were favourites,” he added.
The highly controversial debate caught fire when England hero Ben Stokes published a book titled ‘On Fire’, where he questioned the tactics of the Indian team in match against England.
According to Stokes, the way opener Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli played was suspicious while also adding that wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni showed absolutely no desire of winning the contest.
Had India defeated England, Pakistan would have had a good chance of making it to the semis.
Stokes later quashed all media reports about his latest book, saying that his words were being twisted.
However, Mushtaq believes Virat Kohli’s men showed no intent during both batting and bowling.
“We are only discussing that India didn’t show any intent while batting. I think there was no intent when they were bowling as well. When you pick up two or three early wickets then you try to wrap up the innings as a captain. You don’t let the opposition build a partnership. England shouldn’t have made 337 after they lost two or three wickets early,” he said.