While the teams are battling it out in the CWC 2019, the ghosts of match-fixing crop up once again. This time it is Pakistan’s former cricketer Basit Ali who said that New Zealand losing against Pakistan in 1992 Cricket World Cup was surely not a coincidence. According to Ali, the Kiwis lost against Pakistan so that the semi-finals could be played in Pakistan. This has surely ignited the match-fixing debate once again. The former Pakistani cricketer did not stop here, he also spoke about CWC 2019 and said that the Indians will not want Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals of the mega-event. Pakistan Hands Over a Shocking Defeat to New Zealand in ICC CWC 2019; Cricket World Cup Draws Spooky Parallels Between CWC 2019 & 1992.
Ali further said that India could lose against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “India has played only five matches so far and they would never want Pakistan to qualify for the semi-final. India’s remaining matches are against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and the way they played against Afghanistan everyone saw it,” he said to a news channel. He also said that the Men in Green should focus on the game.
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Talking about the tournament so far, there are striking similarities between CWC 1992 and 2019, especially for Pakistan. Last night, Pakistan handed a shocking defeat to New Zealand by six wickets at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The Men in Green are only one point away from getting into the top four of the ICC Cricket 2019 Points Table.