Let’s not say that India lost on purpose against England: Sarfaraz

Let’s not say that India lost on purpose against England: Sarfaraz

Refusing to believe in the perception that India deliberately lost to England, hurting Pakistan's semifinal chances, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said it's incorrect to cast aspersion on the Virat Kohli-led side.

A lot of former Pakistan cricketers doubted that India didnot give their best against England, putting obstacles in their side's road tosemifinals.

"No, no, it is not right to say this. I don't thinkIndia lost because of us. England played well to win," Sarfaraz toldreporters.

Sarfaraz also gave a dressing down to a journalist at thepress conference after she used the word 'Bengalis' while asking about thematch against Bangladesh.

"Please don't use this word. It could become an issuefor you on the social media. I think you should address them as Bangladesh. Youare using objectionable word," the Pakistan skipper told the televisionreporter after she asked why the team management did not give Shoaib Malik afarewell in the match against the "Bengalis".

"Shoaib is our senior-most player and though he did nothave a good World Cup, he has served the country a lot. His presence in theteam was very good for all of us," Sarfaraz said.Malik announced his retirement from ODIs afterthe World Cup and will now only focus on playing T20 cricket.

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