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Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final encounter was fixed?
The 2011 India-Pakistan world cup semi-final match was fixed, as per the soon to be released book by Sports betting Columnist Ed Hawkins. This betting episode was first brought into light by a British newspaper only to be rejected by the ICC for lack of evidence.

BOOK WRITERS around the world look for various ways to get the attention of the world by creating controversies. The same can be said about Sports betting Columnist Ed Hawkins, who has said it in his book, scheduled to hit the stores on November 15 that the 2011 ICC World Cup semi-final match played between India and Pakistan in Mohali was fixed.

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The news of the India-Pakistan match getting fixed was first flashed by a British newspaper. But the ICC also rejected any claims with their reports. As a result of which no investigation were carried out, as it did not have much evidence to support the claims. But, the author has tried his best to bring upon points that suggest that the match was fixed.

N Srinivasan, the President for BCCI reacted to it by saying in this ANI video, “I generally do not react to newspapers and comments like these, but I think nothing can be further from the truth. I think it is an insult to the Indian team, who fought hard to win.” It was not only this match that the Indian team won, they also beat the Sri Lankan team to lift the World Cup for the second time in the history of Indian cricket.

But, with such kind of reports, it is the game of cricket, which is going to be badly hit. There is no denying the fact that betting has become an inseparable, but disturbing part of world cricket, especially in the sub-continent. But, one can only be penalised and actions can take place, if there is proper evidence, as the players' and the team's reputation is also on the line.

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