India stole a historic triumph over Bangladesh on Wednesday to keep 1.2 billion hopes alive at the World T20 2016. However, former Pakistan spinner and current coach of the Pakistan A side, Tauseef Ahmed has raised some uncertainties about the credibility of the India-Bangladesh match, which ended in an exciting one-run victory in favor of the hosts.
The mammoth crowd which amassed at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday were treated to arguably what was the most thrilling match so far at the ongoing World T20 when India came back right at the death to beat a brave Bangladesh side who were in the driver’s seat for the majority of the evening.
Bangladesh needed just 2 runs from the last 3 deliveries with wickets in hand but a major upset was on the cards. Hardik Pandya sent two set batsmen to the pavilion before Dhoni ran out Shuvagata Hom and India snatched victory by just one run. While the cricket world felt that India was unbelievably fortunate to win the game and thus keep their hopes alive in the tournament, Tauseef feels that the way the match ended was nothing short of an absolute fix.
“The way the match ended it just does not feel right to me. I think it needs to be investigated by the authorities including the ICC,” he told Geo Super channel.
Many cricket pundits, including Sunil Gavaskar, who was the commentator during the concluding moments of that match, had criticized Mahmudullah, who foolishly went for a boundary to end up giving away his wicket in the hands of Ravindra Jadeja.
“Bangladesh is now not an inexperienced side. They had experienced players at the crease. I don’t understand how they could not first opt to tie the match and try for a big hit,” said the 57-year old.
The Pakistani who had had played 34 Tests and 70 ODIs added that he was simply requesting the sport’s governing body to conduct a detailed inquiry so as to make sure everything was fair and final.
“I don’t know what to say. Best if the ICC looks into the match and holds an inquiry. Look everyone knows things do happen nowadays in cricket matches so nothing wrong in looking into the match,” Tauseef said.
Raghav Jain is a cricket content writer at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute Of Technology, Delhi. His interests are reading novels, cricket, quizzing.