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NEW DELHI: Former England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon suggested that Pakistan players deliberately threw the dead rubber One-Day International against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Sunday.

“Pakistan throwing this game away eh. Watch this space. Pakistan will just loose last few balls,” he tweeted during the latter half of Pakistan’s collapse, which saw the visitors lose their last six wickets for 38 runs, including 2 for 12 in the batting Powerplay, to give India a consolation victory.

When one of his followers asked Nixon whether he was alluding that the match had been rigged, the 42-year-old tweeted, "r u watching the game???" He further retweeted several tweets, including these two: “this game is a joke especially when u see hafeez play a lap sweep with a leg slip in place" and "It must be India’s 12th Man.....the Bookmaker!”

Nixon, who played 19 ODIs and one Twenty20 International for England in 2007, including the World Cup in the Caribbean, went on to suggest that it was no big deal for Pakistan to throw the final match of the series when they had already clinched the series.

“2-0 up perfect to loose nothing matters,” he tweeted in reply to a follower who questioned his assertion. Nixon used hashtags like #somethingnotright and #dodgey.—Agencies

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Muhammad Asif
January 7, 2013 6:28 am
This means that we are the masters of this game. We win and lose at our will.
January 7, 2013 10:58 am
yes i think so,bez next englend tema play against the india for 05 odi. If india get whitewash in this series then spectators not look the next series against the Englend
silent observor
January 7, 2013 6:44 am
i agreeon on this 100%. if someone was watching the game, clearly it was very obvious that it was scripted. MIsbah 82 balls 39 runs and Hafeez not even bothering to hit before penultimate over. Attempting to flick knowingly that fielder was there. Atleast if they want to do this and want people to watch they should be trained in acting so it doesnt look obvious.
Muhammad Asif
January 7, 2013 10:59 am
and in India :)
Muhammad Asif
January 7, 2013 11:00 am
yes, Pakistani players should take acting lessons from English players.
January 7, 2013 9:30 pm
Dear sir, Legal action should be taken against the allegation for defaming Pakistan cricket. Full stop Regards, Hyder
Muhammad Asif
January 7, 2013 11:01 am
yes Pakistani players should take some acting lessons from English players.
Muhammad Asif
January 7, 2013 11:03 am
and from Indians as well. they have a big film industry
wahab sheikh
January 7, 2013 10:02 pm
It doesnt require to be an expert to tell that the 3rd ODI was fixed..........well said by aku "we are not made of champion material".......
anon, India
January 8, 2013 6:03 am
The final match also seemed suspicious to me. This not to discredit the Pakistan team. They won the series fair and square. The BCCI does not seem to be an honest cricket body. Even ICC seems unable or unwilling to stop the fixing issue. I feel a lot of cricket action involving teams from the whole subcontinent feels suspicious now. I have started losing interest in watching in cricket now.
January 7, 2013 11:31 am
Whether the allegation is true or not, the way Pakistan played this last game is a reminder of why we are not the world champion team. Our players are happy with mediocrity and that is where it ends. The rest just follows.
January 7, 2013 11:24 am
I had told this to someone a day before that Pakistan will not win the final game. I knew they would not want India to lose 3-0 after they won the first two games. I do not think that it was a fixed game as Englishmen always suggest about any game played by India and Pakistan. England and Englishmen have their own problems, we can leave them to deal with them.
January 7, 2013 11:20 am
It means we can be bought and have no honour at all. That our arch rivals can buy us whenever they want !
akhter shareef
January 7, 2013 8:34 pm
What about english team losing to India in the last match after winning the series??. Was it all fixed too??.
Rogers Evans
January 7, 2013 10:30 am
I agree 100%. The Pakistani team changed plans for openers and Hafeez comes in when the match was almost lost. It was utter disappointment. Such match should be investigated by ICC.
Keen Observer
January 7, 2013 6:00 am
Pathetic allegation. Half of the viewers may have made that wild guess and will be correct, half way into the match.
January 7, 2013 2:56 am
Lets now make sure Mishbah's men win an ODI match against ENG, and next time demolish their side with a high speed bouncers and doosras on their grounds. This implies the Champions Trophy in June.
January 7, 2013 3:19 am
Any ting is possible in cricket.
Ifty Saeed
January 8, 2013 4:38 am
If the palm muscle of a batsman, while fielding, who opens the innings also tears then he(Hafeez) should not have played at all. Mr Roger should personally ICC head quarters and file a complaint
Faraz H
January 7, 2013 10:35 am
Every time Pakistan loses a match the rumour mills start to spin! Thank you Salman Butt and Co. You guys have made a great contribution to Pakistan cricket by making the team a suspect for fixing each time it plays!
January 7, 2013 4:40 am
Of course, the match was thrown. Imagine the mood among the billion plus 20 odd, had there been a white wash. Imagine the RICH indian players retirning to thier homes. Now at least there are weary smiles of saving grace. A little bit of pride salvaged. For me, I am pleased that the match was thrown.
Asif Kidwai
January 8, 2013 4:41 am
exactly, we are the nation who is getting sledged from all around the world and we are corrupt that is the message i got from this game...............I am sure rest of the world is thinking same way.................
Ifty Saeed
January 8, 2013 4:40 am
Why Indian batsmen could not score at 6 runs per over?
abdul rehman
January 7, 2013 1:06 pm
I think Pakistan was over cautious in chasing low target.Furthermore,umar akmal bad shot led to defeat
January 7, 2013 5:57 am
Yea, Pakistan loses a match it is fixed, sure. And when England looses a match even to Pakistan or Bangladesh, they played hard, but lost.
Asif Kahsmiri
January 8, 2013 11:14 am
shame on you Paul
January 8, 2013 10:16 am
funny, coming from a man named Muhammad Asif
Mohammad umar
January 8, 2013 1:36 am
You have to be maroon not to understand
January 7, 2013 5:58 pm
Hang on.. hafeez was injured trying to do a reflex catch off his own bowling, thats why he was lower down the batting order. As for losing the game, give me the names of any other notebale pakistani batsmen other than Hafeez and Jamshed.. The rest of them all failed and scored below par. We were lucky to win to due to these two and the usual good bowling.
Ifty Saeed
January 8, 2013 4:34 am
Did the England team threw the second test against Pakistan in UAE last year? Just a question and do we have reasons to believe so as well. Thanks
January 7, 2013 8:58 am
I hate spreading rumours... but this loss smelt very funny. From Billy Bowden to Misbah to Hafeez to Umar Akmal: there were just too many question marks in this game to blame them all on coincidences!
Muhammad Asif
January 8, 2013 6:07 am
Sorry bro. I cannot comment on your sense of humour. or may be i could not add expressions on my post. I'm a vivid fan of Pakistani team, and strongly condemn all such allegations. The ex-wicket keeper must be sued in a court of law by PCB.
Muhammad Asif
January 8, 2013 6:09 am
The ex-wicket keeper must be sued in a court of law by PCB. He has made serious allegation on Pakistani team which is already under tight scrutity of ICC ACU.
January 8, 2013 7:33 am
Can i please be green instead?
January 8, 2013 9:32 pm
..& when Pakistan is involved...!!!
January 8, 2013 9:37 pm
...every time these 2 bros r playing- there sud b red flag...!!!
January 8, 2013 9:46 pm
..Pak has better reputation than Eng - with proven track record...!!!
January 9, 2013 5:02 am
It seemed obvious that Pakistani players (eg. Umar Akmal) didn't play on merit. Perhaps, collectively they threw away the game so that no one person could be blamed.
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