Renowned industrialist and former chairman of Tata Sons Rata Tata took to X, formerly Twitter, to debunk rumours about him offering a substantial sum to Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan.
A message was circulating on social media that Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan was fined Rs 55 lakh by the ICC for carrying an Indian Tricolour on the field and doing a victory lap after their historic win over Pakistan in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 at Chennai’s M A Chidambaram Stadium. The message went on to say that Ratan Tata has pledged Rs 10 crore for the 25-year-old Afghan cricketer. However, there is no truth to this message as ICC has not fined the Afghan leg spinner.
“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,” Tata wrote on X.
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…
— Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) October 30, 2023
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Afghanistan stunned Pakistan by eight wickets to register their first-ever win over their neighbouring country in the ODI format.
Batting first, Pakistan scored 282-7 which was chased by Afghanistan in 49 overs with the loss of just two wickets. Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran made 65 and 87 runs respectively before Rahmat Shah and captain Hashmatullah Shahid scored an unbeaten 77 and 48 runs to take Afghanistan to a historic victory.
Yesterday, Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets to win their third match in the ICC World Cup. They are currently fifth in the table with six points from six games after three wins and three losses.