Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Aamer Sohail indirectly accuses Pak of fixing matches


Sunday, June 18, 2017 will be a big day for the sports enthusiasts, as Pakistan will be up against India in the final of the Champions Trophy and in the Hockey World League (HWL) semi-finals in London.

In this backdrop of suspicion and doubt, Sohail's utterances can be seen as reckless because it must be emphasised here that a team can fix to lose a match, but it is rather impossible to fix a win. India has not played any bilateral cricket with Pakistan since 2007, although in the winter of 2012-13, Pakistan made a short goodwill tour to India that included three One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

"But someone asked me before the tournament who would be in the final and I said Pakistan", Azhar insisted. Someone has helped you to win these matches.

But India, ranked No 6 in the world, fired four unanswered goals in a nightmare third-quarter spell to win 4-1.

"You [Sarfaraz] have done nothing special, this match was won for you, we all know how things work", Sohail said. "They can come up with a good game and hence it is important for us to stick to the roles assigned by our coach and execute them as planned", he said.

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"The boys now need to be level-headed and focus on playing good cricket", the former Pakistan captain added.

"They are ranked higher than us - so everyone is talking about India, India".

This is the second time, the two rivals are coming face to face in this tournament.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier last month sent a legal notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to honour the MoU signed between the two cricket boards in 2014. The question then arises: Why would you send India's most experienced players to the Caribbean for a short series as opposed to resting them for the Sri Lanka tour?

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