Champions Trophy 2017: Ex-cricketer Aamer Sohail accuses Pakistan of match fixing
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 2:22
Giving his one-of-a-kind comments ahead of Pakistan's semi-final match against England, Sohail, who happens to be a former Pakistan cricket team captain, ultimately screwing his career following a match-fixing scandal, lambasted Sarfraz Ahmed for getting excited way too much.
Q. Sarfraz, like, you lost the first match to India, and now you're in the final.
"We all know how it works", Sohail said hinting at the match fixing.
Former spinner Saqlain Mushtaq wished the team for the final and said:"Great win pakistan stay blessed all our prayers and wishes for the final". "They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not on the basis of their performances", Sohail said.
The boys now need to be level-headed and focus on playing good cricket.
Openers Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) then helped knock off the inadequate total with nearly 13 overs and eight wickets to spare as England bowed out of their own tournament at the semi-final stage. "If you are chasing a small target like we were in the semi-final and as we saw Fakhar (Zaman) was taking on the scoring easily, it allowed me some comfort to take my time to score without taking risks".
"I felt like we were trying to take a positive option against them, but obviously, given the conditions, it didn't allow us to do that".
In marked contrast to their nail-biting chase in a three-wicket, virtual quarter-final, win over Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday, Pakistan then cruised to a total of 215 for two with a mammoth 77 balls to spare.
This was the first time the two teams had met in a knockout match at a major tournament since Pakistan's memorable victory in the 1992 World Cup final.
Eoin Morgan says England were not guilty of complacency after crashing out of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan.
Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage.
So that's why credit goes to the bowlers and team management.
"The bowlers did extremely well and got us in a very good position".
Now Pakistan could have a chance for revenge against India in Sunday's final at the Oval if the title-holders beat Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston.