Fresh controversy had erupted following the claims made by a sports betting journalist from UK- Ed Hawkins who claimed that the India-Pakistan semi-final clash in ICC World Cup 2011 was fixed © Getty Images

Karachi: Nov 10, 2012


Claims made by a British journalist that the India-Pakistan 2011 cricket World Cup semi-final may have been fixed were on Saturday dismissed by leading Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who said this was being done to spoil the upcoming series.


Ajmal, who played in that match in Mohali in March, described the claims as “useless” and said both the teams fought hard in that match.


“I think these allegations are being made now to just spoil our coming tour to India. There is no substance to the story. I played in the semi final and I know how every player fought tooth and nail in it,” he said reacting to a fresh claims by a sports-betting journalist that the match could have been fixed.


“But if there is any truth in that the match was fixed how come even after such a long time no one has been able to show any evidence. This issue is being raised again to derail our series in India,” the off-spinner told the ‘Duniya’ news channel.


India and Pakistan are set to resume bilateral cricket ties after a gap of five years with a three-match ODI series and two Twenty20s in December-January.