Sarfraz Ahmed dismisses Dinesh Chandimal’s ‘witchcraft’ claim in Test loss

Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan cricket team skipper, has brushed aside Dinesh Chandimal’s recent quote that the team lost the two-Test series against the Sri Lankan cricket team due to witchcraft and blamed the team’s poor batting performance.

cricket Updated: Nov 02, 2017 16:30 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
PTI, Karachi
Sarfraz Ahmed,Dinesh Chandimal,Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Sarfraz Ahmed has blamed the poor batting performance of the Pakistan cricket team for their 0-2 loss in the Test series against Sri Lanka and has brushed aside Dinesh Chandimal’s ‘witchcraft’ quote. (REUTERS)

Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed has dismissed claims by the Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal that the Islanders’ recent two-match Test series win over them in the UAE was due to witchcraft.

“We lost the two Tests because of our poor batting and that is all,” Sarfraz said. “If they could win Test matches because of witchcraft or magic, then they should have also won the ODI and T20 series,” the Pakistan skipper told the media.

Chandimal told reporters after returning to Colombo that he had received a special blessing from a meyni, or sorcerer, ahead of the two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Sarfraz said being a Muslim he believed in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world but he chose to blame his batsmen for the Test series defeat.

“I believe in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world, but in the Test series we just batted badly and lost chances to win,” said Sarfraz.

He made it clear that while luck played a part in cricket but matches were won and lost on the field by players by their performances.

Pakistan’s former Test skipper Mohammad Yousuf also rubbished Chandimal’s claims.

“Don’t mix cricket with such things. Pakistan’s planning was bad and they messed it up,” said Yousuf.

Yousuf said that if cricket matches could be won through witchcraft or with blessings of sorcerers then Sri Lanka would not have been struggling in all formats of the game.

Chandimal’s comments came after Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister had earlier denied that he had sent the captain to a sorcerer to get blessings for the Test series.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 16:30 IST