BCCI Rejects Match-Fixing Claims Regarding India-Pakistan World Cup Semifinal
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday "rubbished the fresh claims that the 2011 India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal could have been fixed, saying such a suggestion was an insult to the Indian team, which had worked hard for the victory," according to the PTI. A British sports-betting journalist in his yet-to-be-launched book "has raised doubts that the match between the two arch-rivals may have been fixed." BCCI President N Srinivasan, however, "dismissed the claims." Srinivasan said, "I don't generally comment on such newspaper reports, but this is the farthest from the truth. And it is an insult to the Indian team, which worked hard to win." The journalist has written in his book that "he got a message from an Indian bookie, who predicted the trend and pattern of the match." The Int'l Cricket Council "had earlier rejected the allegation, which had surfaced shortly after the match" (PTI, 11/11).