Conspiracy Theories Abound
Despite no clear evidence, some fans are convinced that the Cricket World Cup is "fixed" following the recent coin toss controversy. Speculation arose after India's coin toss against New Zealand, which left conspiracy theorists stunned.
Pitch Swap Drama
In addition to the coin toss controversy, the hosts also controversially swapped pitches before their semi-final win. Despite the drama, India cruised past their Kiwi opponents and secured their spot in the final on November 19th with a 70-run victory.
India's Unbeaten Streak
India's unbeaten streak of 10 matches has left them feeling confident in their chances of winning the Cricket World Cup. Led by superstar Rohit Sharma, fans are attributing their success to more than just skill, leading to claims that the tournament has been set up for India to win.
The Coin Toss Controversy
Prior to their win against New Zealand, Sharma tossed the pre-game coin so far away that opposing captain Kane Williamson was unable to see which side it landed on. This led to conspiracy theorists claiming that India had won the toss unfairly, further fueling the belief that the tournament is fixed.
No Wrongdoing Suggested
SunSport makes no suggestions of any wrongdoing by Sharma, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), or the ICC (International Cricket Council). However, fans are still questioning the legitimacy of the tournament.
Backlash Over Pitch Selection
India caused uproar by insisting on playing New Zealand on a used pitch, despite a pre-tournament agreement for the game to take place on fresh turf. This decision received criticism from ex-England captain Michael Vaughan, who suggested that the ICC favored India and that it was a "sour taste" for the World Cup semi-final to be played on a used pitch.
The ICC responded to the controversy, stating that changes to planned pitch rotations are common towards the end of a tournament and that the change was made on the recommendation of the venue curator in conjunction with the host. The ICC's independent pitch consultant has no reason to believe that the pitch won't play well.
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