India made a mistake by tampering with the field in the ODI World Cup final: Mohammed Kaif

Former Indian cricketer Mohammed Kaif has made explosive allegations that the pitch for the ODI World Cup final at the Narendra Modi Stadium was tampered with to suit the home team. Speaking exclusively to Lallantop, Kaif said the launch of the final was slowed down by the curators at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to suit the Indian side.

India had suffered a heartbreaking defeat against the Australian team on a slow pitch in Ahmedabad on November 19. The Indian team had failed with the bat in the final and lost the match by 6 wickets. Sent to bat first, India made just 240 runs, which Australia chased down in 43 overs, thanks to a stunning century from Travis Head.


Kaif argued that the Indian team made a mistake and was beaten in their own plan by Pat Cummins’ Australia.

Kaif’s explosive revelations come backdrop to highly controversial departure of ICC pitch consultant Andy Atinksonwho had quit the ODI World Cup just before the final – allegedly due to his differences with the BCCI over how the pitch should be for the final.

“I stayed there for three days. Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid inspected the pitch every day for 3 days before the final. They stayed next to the pitch for an hour every day. I saw the pitch change color . There was no watering. pitch, no grass on the track. India wanted to give Australia a slow track. It’s the truth, even if people don’t want to believe it.” , Kaif told Lallantop in an exclusive interview.

“The feeling was that Australia had Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, so India wanted to make a slow speech, and that was our mistake. A lot of people say the Conservatives are doing their own thing and we have no influence – it’s rubbish. When you move around the field – you have to say only two lines – please don’t put water, just reduce the grass. It happens. It’s the truth. And it should be done. You’re playing at home. And we did it a little too much,” Kaif added.

The former Delhi Capitals assistant coach argued that Pat Cummins learned lessons from the defeat against India in their opening match of the ODI World Cup and put that knowledge to good use.

“Cummins learned from Chennai that batting is difficult at the start of a slow match. Nobody comes first in a final, but Cummins did. We made a mistake by tampering with the pitch,” concluded Kaif .


During the ODI World Cup, the BCCI had not commented on the departure of pitching consultant ICC Atkinson. However, PTI at the time quoted a BCCI official as trying to quell the controversy by claiming that Atkinson’s contract had ended.

“Andy’s mission is over and he is gone. Don’t try to find controversy where there is none. Nowhere does it say that the ICC pitch consultant must be present before the final,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Atkinson was not exactly a favorite of the BCCI bosses at the time after accusing the host nation of changing the track for the semi-final between India and New Zealand from a new track to a used track. However, the ICC subsequently sent a clarification that there is no such rule regarding the holding of knockout matches at a new track and Atkinson was informed of the developments at the ‘advance.

After the tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) rated the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad as average.

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Kingshuk Kusari

Published on:

March 16, 2024

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