ICC Champions Trophy: Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh blast Aamer Sohail’s match-fixing claims

first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh have blasted Aamer Sohail for accusing Pakistan of match-fixing in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England. Sohail created a storm by saying that ODI skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and his boys have no reason to rejoice as they have made it to the final not on the basis of their performance but through “external factors”.WATCH FULL VIDEO”Sarfraz needs to be told that you have not done anything great. Someone has helped you to win these matches. There is no reason for you (Sarfraz) to rejoice. We all know what happens behind the scenes. I can’t tell you who have won them the games. If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God have won them the games. They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not on the basis of their performances,” Sohail said.Sohail further warned the players to concentrate on their game and remain level-headed, otherwise they would not be able to survive.”The boys now need to be level-headed and focussed on playing good cricket. We all are well aware of everyone’s calibre. If you do something wrong, then we will tell you about the same. If you do something correct, we will appreciate you. So, they should keep themselves level-headed, otherwise they would not be able to go much ahead.”Contrary to everyone’s expectations, Pakistan stunned favourites England by registering a resounding eight-wicket win to enter the finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy here at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Wednesday.advertisementChasing a paltry score of 212, Pakistan crossed the line for the loss of two wickets and 12.5 overs to spare.Ganguly said Sohail’s comments “shows of poor culture and poor taste.””The likes of Sarfraz (Ahmed) and his boys are used to all this. This is not the first time I’m hearing all these. And how can Pakistan influence their qualification into a final? How?,” Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive chat.Harbhajan said Pakistan worked after India defeat to defy the odds.”These are all talks and I’m sure these guys are jealous. They thought that Pakistan will not reach that far. That’s fine. Even I thought that they will not reach that far. They have worked really worked hard to get this far and I feel so bad when people work so hard and the ex-captains or ex-players talk bad about the team,” Harbhajan told India Today.One can expect a cracker of a game on Sunday at the Kennington Oval, with the two arch-rivals facing each other for the second time in the tournament.Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage.However, it would not be an easy one for the Men in Blue to defend their title as they would face a charged-up and equally confident Pakistan, who surprised everyone by beating favourites England in the first semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday.India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners.(With ANI inputs)last_img

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