Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan today dismissed match-fixing allegations against the Pakistani team in the Champions Trophy but felt the players were over-confident.
No,I dont think any match-fixing or hanky-panky took place. We were just too over-confident and complacent and we paid the price for it, Imran told Geo Super channel.
The Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports Jamshed Khan Dasti had earlier stirred a hornets nest,claiming Pakistan had deliberately lost the matches to Australia and New Zealand and the committee would investigate reports of fixed matches.
Imran said there were pure cricketing reasons for Pakistans failure to win the Champions Trophy and complacency was one.
You cannot afford to be complacent against any side. We should not have lost to a weak team like New Zealand which had so many injury problems and they have only one world-class performer in Daniel Vettori, he said.
Imran said that if Pakistan had lost to any team other then New Zealand in the semifinal there would be no criticism or fixing allegations.