“I have made no suggestions to the ICC or any cricket faculty about any cricket member regarding a fine or reward to any players. I have no connection to cricket whatsoever. Please do not believe WhatsApp forwards and videos of such nature unless they come from my official platforms,” Ratan Tata posted on social media platform X.
The refutation comes in the wake of WhatsApp forwards and videos spreading false information, asserting that Ratan Tata had announced a generous Rs 10 crore reward for Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan following their remarkable victory over Pakistan in the ongoing World Cup.
Turning to the sporting arena, Afghanistan achieved a momentous milestone with their first-ever win over Pakistan in the 50-over format. The victory was the result of a dazzling all-round performance on a challenging Chennai pitch, leading to an emphatic eight-wicket win over their neighbouring cricket rivals. Standout performances came from the opening pair of Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65) and Ibrahim Zadran (87), with Rahmat Shah (77*) contributing brilliantly at No.3.
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This triumph positions Afghanistan as a formidable force in the World Cup, having already secured victories against two cricketing giants, former world champions Pakistan and defending champions England. Their stellar performance has propelled them to the sixth position on the points table, while Pakistan remain in fifth place with four points and a net run rate of -0.400.
The high-flying Afghan team is now gearing up for their next challenge, as they are set to face Sri Lanka on October 30 at the high-scoring Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
(With inputs from ANI)