Ramdas Athawale demands probe into 'fixed' India-Pakistan Champions Trophy final

PTI, Jul, 02 2017

Nagpur: Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan appeared "fixed" and demanded a probe into the matter.

The Union minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment also batted for 25 percent reservation for Dalits and tribals in cricket and other games, saying these sections have never got due recognition in sports.

"How could the cricketers, who played so well in the entire tournament, did not perform in the final match (in London on 18 June)?" the RPI(A) leader asked reporters at Ravi Bhavan in Nagpur.

India capitulated to a paltry 158 in response to Pakistan's 338/4 in the Champions Trophy 2017 final. AP

India capitulated to a paltry 158 in response to Pakistan's 338/4 in the Champions Trophy 2017 final. AP

Pakistan hammered India by 180 runs in the final to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.

"Those who did not perform should be rested and eligible cricketers from the Dalit community should be given a chance in the team," he said.

"It appears that the match was fixed and we demand an inquiry into it," added Athawale.

India were strong favourites going into the ninth edition of the 'Mini World Cup', riding on a successful home season under the leadership of Virat Kohli. The team started their campaign with a resounding 124-run win over eventual champions Pakistan, although they were caught napping by Sri Lanka, against whom they suffered a seven-wicket loss.

India then thrashed South Africa and Bangladesh, the latter in the semi-final, by eight and nine wickets respectively to march into the final, before a brilliant Fakhar Zaman (114 off 106 balls) and Mohammad Amir (3/16) stole the show for Pakistan. The win turned out to be Pakistan's first against India in an ICC event since 2009.

Published Date: Jul 01, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 02, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115