NEW DELHI: Despite being schooled by compatriot and Pakistan legend Wasim Akram on the allegations of Indian pacers getting different sets of balls from the ICC, former cricketer Hasan Raza continued to make remarks about India being favoured in the World Cup.Raza initially raised these allegations following India’s convincing 302-run victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai, during which they bowled out Sri Lanka for just 55 runs while defending a total of 357.
ICC World Cup 2023: Wasim Akram schools Hasan Raza for accusing India of using altered cricket balls
He has now shifted his focus to suggesting that the BCCI is manipulating the Decision Review System (DRS) in favour of the Indian team. This came in the aftermath of a controversial LBW decision of Heinrich Klaasen.Now Indian pacer Mohammed Shami, who has been pivotal in India’s unbeaten run with his breathtaking bowling, also decided to teach a lesson to Raza and reminded him that this is an ICC event and not any local tournament.Shami wrote on his Instagram story: “Sharm karo yaar game par focus karo na ki faltu bakwas par kabhi to dusre ki success ko enjoy kia karo, Chii yaar ICC World Cup hai apka local cricket tournament, nahi hai or aap player hi the naa.Shami also urged Raza to have faith in his former Pakistani teammate, the legendary pace bowler Wasim Akram.”Wasim bhai ne samjhaya hai explain kia tha phir bhi. Apne player, apne Wasim Akram par yakin nahi apko apna tarif karne main lage hai janab aap to just like a wow,” he added.Raza on Friday poured fuel to the conspiracy with a controversial remark on Pakistan TV.“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 had said while speaking to a channel called ABN.During a discussion on ‘A Sports’, Akram tore apart the suggestion while elaborately explaining why it is an absurd suggestion.”I have been reading about it for the last couple of days. I want to have the same thing these guys are having, sounds like fun. Because their mind is not there. Beizzati apni toh karaani hi karaani, saadi bhi na karawo poorey duniya wich,” he said.