Team India’s veteran speedster Mohammad Shami slammed former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza for his accusation against the Men in Blue that they are using altered cricket balls in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
Earlier, in a Pakistani television show, Raza had alleged that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and BCCI are helping India to seam and swing by providing a different kind of ball in the mega event.
“Sharm karo yaar game per focus karo na ki faltu bakwas par kabi to dusre ki success ko enjoy kia karo chii yar icc World Cup hai apk local tournament, nahi hai or Ap player hi the na. Wasim Bhai ne samjhaya hai explain kia tha phir bhir. Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Apne player apne Wasim Akram par yakin nahin apko apna tariff karne main lage hai janab apto just like a wow,” Shami wrote on Instagram.
Shami hitting strongly on-field & off-field....!!!! pic.twitter.com/hpbvum2VMl— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 8, 2023
Shami’s post has reportedly gone viral.
Notably, former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram had slammed Raza for his baseless allegation without taking his name. As per legendry Akram, who finished with more than 500 ODI wickets, such Pakistanis bring bad name to the whole country.
Moreover, Akram provided a clarity on how umpires keep a check on the balls given to the bowlers to bowl.
“I want to have the same things these guys are having. Sounds like fun. Because their mind is not there. They get slammed by the world for such statements and take us down as well with them,” said Akram during an interview.
“It is a very simple thing. Umpire asks the bowling team to pick the balls with which they would want to bowl. The bowlers choose from the box of 12 brand new balls. All the match officials closely watch the whole thing. The bowlers pick two balls. The umpires keep them in their pant pockets. The remaining eight balls (remember that two new balls are used these days from two ends) to the other team. They do the same exercise,” he explained.
Notably, Raza’s controversial statement had shocked the fans and former cricketers across the globe. Former India player Aakash Chopra even went to the extent of saying the comment as ‘comedy’.