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Ex-England keeper alleges Pakistan threw match

January 07, 2013

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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