Mike Hussey defends Pakistan
08 October, 2009
MELBOURNE: Australian batsman Mike Hussey has defended Pakistan after a Pakistani parliamentarian accused the national side of deliberately losing matches in the Champions Trophy.
Jamshed Dasti, chairman of Standing Committee on Sports in the Pakistan Lower House, reportedly accused the team of purposely losing a pool match against Australia and a semifinal against New Zealand.
"They lost to Australia just to keep India out of the tournament," Dasti told Associated Press on Tuesday.
But Hussey, who made 64 from 87 balls in that match as Australia secured victory with a single on the last ball, said there was no way Pakistan tried to lose.
"I batted for quite a bit of that game and I can tell you they were going at 100 per cent," Hussey said in Perth on Wednesday.
"They were charging around and really keen to get the wickets and then try to win the game.
"From my point of view, where I was sitting, it`s definitely false accusations."
Pakistan captain Younis Khan has been at the centre of the controversy after an Indian newspaper alleged he was under investigation by the International Cricket Council`s anti-corruption unit.
Younis dropped a straight-forward catch at short cover during a critical point of Pakistan`s semi-final loss to New Zealand.
Dasti has demanded an explanation from the coach, captain and chairman of the board over the team`s performances in South Africa.
"We will be meeting with them on October 13 as we feel the team deliberately lost the games against Australia and New Zealand," Dasti told Associated Press.