Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja and skipper Babar Azam plotted Indian opener Rohit Sharma’s dismissal in the T20 World Cup before the start of the match.
This was revealed by former batsman Ramiz in a podcast interview with the British news outlet BBC.
He said that he asked Babar what his plan was against India. Babar replied that the team intended to employ Cricviz, Ramiz added.
“I understand but India will also be using Cricviz and then they will have a ploy set up against you too,” he had responded to Babar.
So, that becomes nothing for us, he had added.
Ramiz suggested Babar to “get Shaheen Afridi bowling at 100mph, get a man at short-leg and at 45.”
“Just bowl that in-swinging yorker at 100mph and do not give him a single and keep him on strike,” Raja had told him.
“You will get him out.”
The trick worked, Shaheen had Rohit’s scalp with a fast, in-swinging yorker on the very first ball he faced.
Later, he clean bowled KL Rahul in his next over, dealing India back-to-back crushing blows.
With figures of 3-31, Shaheen managed to restrict India to 151 off their 20 overs.
Half-centuries by Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar helped Pakistan vanquish the ‘Men in Blue’ for the first time in a World Cup match.