Srinagar: Former cricketer and now BCCI President Roger Binny has strongly reacted to former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi’s statement that ICC is ‘favouring’ India in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
After India beat Bangladesh in a thriller in Adelaide, there has been lot of controversy. First it was about wet outfield and then it was about Virat Kohli fake fielding allegations by Bangladeshi.
In a Pakistan telivision show of Samaa TV , Pakistan journalist has alleged that ICC tends to favour India in multi-nation events. Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi, while responding to that question, didn’t directly agree but his answer traded on similar lines.
Now BCCI President Roger Binny has lashed out at the allegations made by the two saying that no team gets a special treatment during ICC events, even India, despite it being a “big powerhouse” in cricket.
“Not fair. I don’t think we’re favoured by ICC. Everyone gets same treatment. No way in which you can say that. What do we get different from other teams? India is a big powerhouse in cricket but we’re all treated the same,” Roger Binny told ANI.
Afridi’s comment had started a heated debate in the cricket World.
This is What Shahid Afridi had Said:
Speaking to Samaa TV on the episode after the rain break at the Adelaide, a Pakistan journalist had said, “Shakib Al Hasan bhi yehi keh rahe thhe. Aur woh screen par bhi dikhaya gaya. Aap ne ground dekhi… geeli thi. Par mujhe lagta hai ki ICC ka jhukaav jo hai, woh zara India ko kisi tareeke se semifinal pohuchaane ke liye kar raha hai (Shakib Al Hasan said the same thing and it was shown on the screen as well. You saw the ground how wet it was. But I feel that the ICC is somewhat inclined towards India. They want to ensure that India reach the semifinals at any cost).”
‘The match resumed immediately after rain’: Afridi on journalist’s ‘ICC India ko semis mein pohuchana chahta hai’ claim
Afridi, who was part of the panel, responded saying, “I know what happened. Given the amount of rain that happened, the game resumed immediately after the break. It is very evident that ICC, when India is playing, then the pressure that comes with it, there are many factors involved.”