New Delhi: Former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon on Sunday suggested that Pakistan players deliberately threw the dead rubber ODI against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Sunday.
"Pakistan throwing this game away eh. Watch this space. Pakistan will just loose last few balls," he tweeted during the latter half of Pakistan's collapse, which saw the visitors lose their last six wickets for 38 runs, including 2 for 12 in the batting Powerplay, to give India a consolation victory.
When one of his followers asked Nixon whether he was alluding that the match had been rigged, the 42-year-old tweeted, "r u watching the game???" He further retweeted several tweets, including these two: "this game is a joke especially when u see hafeez play a lap sweep with a leg slip in place" and "It must be India's 12th Man.....the Bookmaker!"
Nixon, who played 19 ODIs and one Twenty20 international for England in 2007, including the World Cup in the Caribbean, went on to suggest that it was no big deal for Pakistan to throw the final match of the series when they had already clinched the series. "2-0 up perfect to loose nothing matters," he tweeted in reply to a follower who questioned his assertion. Nixon used hashtags like #somethingnotright and #dodgey.
India pulled off an unlikely victory in the third ODI by beating Pakistan by 10 runs after scoring just 167. The visitors won the first two ODIs by six wickets and 85 runs respectively.
In June 2012, Nixon made a sensational revelation in his book Keeping Quiet - Paul Nixon: The Autobiography that he was offered five million dollars from an Indian bookie named as 'K' to throw a domestic T20 match