NEW DELHI: A conspiracy theory has been going around for the last few days, especially in Pakistan, that Indian pacers are extremely successful in the ongoing ODI World Cup because they are getting a different set of balls from the ICC. Former Pakistan cricketer Hasan 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.

When a similar question was asked by a Pakistani fan to the bowling legend Wasim Akram during a discussion on ‘A Sports’, Pakistan great 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,” Wasim Akram said.

Akram then explained in detail how the playing balls are selected in a match, saying: “It is a very simple thing. Umpire aata hein match se pahle, jo toss team jeeti hai agar woh bowling kar rahi hein. 12 gend ka ek dabba hota hein. Chaar umpire hein, referee hein, pata nahi aur bhi bandey hotey hein.”

“12 gendong me se agar main pahle bowling kar raha hoon toh main gend pick karunga. Yeh meri first option hain, check kiya and yeh meri second option hain. Dono ball umpire rakhega, first option in one pocket and second option in the other pocket. Taaki agar yeh ball kharab hota hai ya change karna ho toh second option hein,” Akram explained.
“Then woh 8 balls dusre dressing room me leke jata hai.. in a box, with a lot of people with him. Wahaan jaake woh bhi do gend pick karte hein – first option and second option, woh bhi jebong me jata hai. Ooper jaake woh fourth umpire, on-field umpires to deta hai — yeh first two options bowling team ka hein..second innings ka yeh hain. Uss kamre mein referee baithey huwe hain aur log baithe huwe hain. Toh yeh kaun sochta hai yeh cheez,” Akram added.

Akram then said that we should appreciate the Indian bowlers instead.
“The argument is, for the last 3-4 days, especially in our country, ki baki bowlers kissi se bhi swing nahi ho raha. But also think ki these bowlers jo India ke hein, maybe they learn something more, maybe they are better right now, maybe they are in better form. Appreciate them” Akram said.
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq agreed with Akram and said: “Bahut jyada wrist position pe, aur bahut jyada unhone kaam kiya seam position pe. Woh haath se nikalte hain, aapko nazar aata hein, jab slo-mo me dikhaatey hein.”

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Shoaib Malik, former Pakistan skipper, said that we generally tend to focus on the negative only.
“Jab kisi insaan ko success milti hein, hum usko praise nahi karte, ussey sikhne ki koshish nahi karte. Humara first thought yeh hota hai negative – yeh kaise usko mil gaya. Woh negative cheez leke aate hain, humein bajaye unse seekhne ke, hum negative cheezon me jyada jaate hain. Routine life me bhi aise hi hain,” Malik said.

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