Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed dismisses Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal's witchcraft claim

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed made it clear that while luck played a part in cricket but matches were won and lost on the field by players by their performances.

PTI, November 02, 2017

Karachi: Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed has dismissed claims by the Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal that the Islanders' recent two-match Test series win over them in the UAE was due to witchcraft.

File image of Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. AP

File image of Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. AP

"We lost the two Tests because of our poor batting and that is all," Sarfraz said.

"If they could win Test matches because of witchcraft or magic, then they should have also won the ODI and T20 series," the Pakistan skipper told the media.

Chandimal told reporters after returning to Colombo that he had received a special blessing from a meyni, or sorcerer, ahead of the two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Sarfraz said being a Muslim he believed in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world but he chose to blame his batsmen for the Test series defeat.

"I believe in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world, but in the Test series we just batted badly and lost chances to win," said Sarfraz.

He made it clear that while luck played a part in cricket but matches were won and lost on the field by players by their performances.

Pakistan's former Test skipper Muhammad Yousuf also rubbished Chandimal's claims.

"Don't mix cricket with such things. Pakistan's planning was bad and they messed it up," said Yousuf.

Yousuf said that if cricket matches could be won through witchcraft or with blessings of sorcerers then Sri Lanka would not have been struggling in all formats of the game.

Chandimal's comments came after Sri Lanka's Sports Minister had earlier denied that he had sent the captain to a sorcerer to get blessings for the Test series.

Updated Date: Nov 02, 2017

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Chennai
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Rajasthan
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2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114