This edition of the ICC T20 World Cup has seen quite a few controversies, and team India has been part of some of them. The Men in Blue had a comfortable group stage performance winning four of their five games. Their only loss came to South Africa in Perth.
Let it be the waist-height no-ball call in Melbourne against Pakistan in the 20th over where Virat Kohli, after hitting, signalled a no-ball or the fake fielding incident against Bangladesh. The fake fielding incident was unnoticed by the umpires, and after the game, this was pointed out by Bangladesh’s vice-captain, Nurul Hasan.
Several cricketers have shared their views on this incident. But former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi came out with a bold statement. On a tv show, he said that the umpires sided with India so that they could have made the semi-finals of this edition of the T20 World Cup.
In response to Afridi’s comment, former English player and commentator David Lloyd reacted with a one-word reply on Twitter.
— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) November 3, 2022
“We are not here to offer any excuses” – Sridharan Sriram on Virat Kohli’s fake fielding
Sridharan Sriram, Bangladesh’s technical consultant, said that the team doesn’t want to use this fake fielding issue as an excuse for their loss. Bangladesh Cricket Board said they would raise this issue at a proper forum.
“No, we are not here to offer any excuses. I did speak to the fourth umpire as soon as it happened, but I think it was the on-field umpire’s call, and that’s what we were told, but we’re not here to offer any excuses,” he said.
The group stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup is done and dusted, and the semi-finals will take place on November 9 and 10, where New Zealand will face Pakistan and India will take on England, respectively.