India pacer Mohammed Shami has strongly criticized former Pakistani cricketer Hasan Raza for making unfounded allegations against the Men in Blue.

Raza, during an appearance on a Pakistani television channel, made a peculiar claim that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are providing India with a special set of cricket balls, giving them an unfair advantage in terms of ball performance during the ODI World Cup 2023.

Hasan Raza’s out-of-context remarks on India

Raza said that India are performing exceptionally well with the ball during their bowling innings in the ongoing World Cup. He raised concerns about several close DRS (Decision Review System) calls going in India’s favour and mentioned that the ICC or the BCCI might be providing them with different balls, potentially coated for enhanced swing in the second innings. The 41-year-old called for an investigation into the matter.

“We are seeing that when they are batting, they bat really well and suddenly the ball starts doing things when India bowl. There have been 7-8 close DRS calls that have gone in their favour. The way Siraj and Shami were swinging the ball, it seemed like the ICC or the BCCI were giving them different and suspicious balls in the second innings. There needs to be an inspection done on the ball. There could also be an extra layer of coating on the ball for swing,” Raza said in his statement.

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Shami hit back at Raza by strongly criticizing him for his thoughts. The 33-year-old cricketer also added that it is an ICC tournament, not a local cricketing affair.

“Sharm karo yaar game par focus karo na ki faltu bakwas par kabhi to dusre ki success ko enjoy kia karo, Chii yaar ICC World Cup hai apka local cricket tournament, nahi hai or aap player hi the naa,” wrote Shami in his Instagram story.

Shami added that former cricketer Wasim Jaffer has already opined on this scenario, and Raza should mark his believe his country’s former players.

“Wasim bhai ne samjhaya hai explain kia tha phir bhi. Apne Wasim Akram par yakin nahi apko apna tarif karne main lage hai janab aap to just like a wow,” wrote Shami in his Instagram story,” the Amroha-born cricketer mentioned.

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Mohammed Shami's Instagram story on Hasan Raza
Mohammed Shami’s Instagram story on Hasan Raza (Image source: Twitter)

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