Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has strongly criticized former Pakistani cricketer Hasan Raza for making baseless allegations against the Indian cricket team.
Raza, during an appearance on a Pakistani television channel, made unsubstantiated claims that India received special treatment from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), suggesting that they were given different cricket balls in the 2023 ODI World Cup, giving them an unfair advantage.
Raza’s comments included statements like, “We have noticed that when India is batting, they perform exceptionally well, but when they bowl, the ball starts behaving mysteriously. We have witnessed several close decisions through the Decision Review System (DRS) going in their favor.”
He went on to suggest that Indian bowlers like Mohammed Siraj and Shami were able to make the ball swing unnaturally, implying that the ICC or the BCCI might have provided them with specially prepared balls for the second innings, possibly with an extra layer of coating for enhanced swing.
In response to these unfounded accusations, Mohammed Shami took to Instagram to express his disapproval, telling Raza to display some integrity.
Shami also recommended that Raza listen to the advice of Pakistan’s legendary fast bowler, Wasim Akram, if he wasn’t willing to heed anyone else.
Notably, Wasim Akram himself had criticized Hasan Raza for his comments shortly after the match, stating that he wished to have the same level of skill and performance as the Indian bowlers displayed. Akram further remarked that individuals like Raza and the panel making such claims had evidently lost their rationality and perspective.