first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSUNDAY 01-9-2013 Brian Mc Cormick CupKeadue Rovers 2 Arranmore United 0Keadue Rovers are through to the Gweedore Area Final of the Brian McCormick Cup following this tough victory over Arranmore United at Central Park. The game was played in difficult conditions with a near gale force wind throughout. The away team were quick out of the blocks and won a penalty in the second minute when Gavin Mc Glanaghey was fouled in the area. The penalty kick was saved well by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle. Following good work from David Sweeney, Donal Rodgers found a bit of space in the box and found the net with a low shot from close range. Arranmore were unlucky not to equalise when Daniel O’Donnell hit the bar with a free kick. The home team went two goals up when Donal Rodgers was again on hand to stab home following another good move. Arranmore’s best chance of the second half came from a hooked effort which went just over the bar on sixty seven minutes. Keadue prevailed in the worsening conditions and qualify to play Glenea in next week’s Area Final. Best for Arranmore were Peter Dillon and Frankie Early. Best for Keadue were Ryan Greene, Donal Rodgers and David Sweeney. Referee: Ronan Floyd.Strand Rovers 0 Dunlewy Celtic 2This game was played in windy conditions in Maghery .Strand Rovers put on all the pressure in the first half but gave away a silly free kick in front of goal allowing Dunlewey to take the lead. Dunlewey played some nice football then for a while before “Strand” began turning the screw in search of an equaliser. Dunlewey then scored against the run of play when the ball was held up in air by the wind and it caught out the home defence.Glenree United 2 Cranford United 4Cranford got the result they wanted but didn’t have it all their own way. Glenree took the lead twice from Sosa and Weeman but those were cancelled out by Martin Mc Bride and Kyle Black before half time. Arthur Lynch scored a great free kick to make it 3-2 early in second half and Kyle Black sealed the win two minutes later with a good finish. Good team performances from both sides.Gweedore United 0 Gweedore Celtic 3This game was played in very windy conditions at Carrickboyle making it very difficult for either side to play football. Celtic went away with a victory over their local rivals. In the opening half chances were few and far between. It took a long range effort from Damien O’Sullivan to break the deadlock when he hit a good shot from 20 yards into the top corner to make it 1-0. In the second half the visitors were quickest out of the blocks and went two up in the 55th minute when Odhran Mc Nelis hit an excellent shot from 25 yards. The visitors went three ahead 10 minutes later when John Mc Fadden found himself one on one with Liam Mac Fadden in the United nets and Mc Fadden made no mistake securing the points for Gweedore Celtic. Odhran Mc Nelis who was outstanding on the day was the difference between the sides. Referee: Kevin Logue Tullyvinney Rovers 0 Castlefin Celtic 5Despite being down several players for this derby match Tullyvinney started with a few younger players against a well drilled Castlefin team .On two minutes a mix up between Sam Hegarty and SB Malley allowed Simon Mc Glinchey to tap home . Castlefin scored their second goal from a free kick which struck the unfortunate Sam Hegarty and flew into the top corner . Castlefin scored a further three goals and ran out comfortable winners firstly JP Malley robbed his brother SB on the edge of the penalty area and fired home . Then on sixty minutes a misplaced clearence by the SB Malley fell to Mark Carlin who fired home . Then Colin Carlin scored with a header from a corner . Best for Castlefin Simon Mc Glinchey , Mark Carlin .Best for Tullyvinney SB Malley , Billy Sweeney . Referee: Paul DohertyDeele Harps 2 Convoy Arsenal 1This match was reversed to Orchard Park, Convoy, on a great day for football. In an evenly contested game it was Deele who took the spoils with goals from Aidy Gallagher and Shane Gallagher. Convoy showed signs of a positive season ahead. Good team performances from the sides. Curragh Athletic 2 Lagan Harps 0In a first half that the home team dominated it took full back Chris Burns to open the scoring on forty four minutes. After good running from Ryan Carlin Burns, who started the move off, drilled home from inside the eighteen. Both John Mc Laughlin and Carlin had chances earlier but could not find the net. A very young Lagan Harps team did keep trying to play football but did not manage to trouble Roy Duffy in the Curragh nets in this first half. The second half was a similar affair however Lagan did create some chances and almost equalised when Ross Hamlyn forced a splendid save from Roy Duffy on sixty two minutes. John Mc Laughlin wrapped up the scoring for Curragh on eighty six minutes when he slide the ball home at the near post. Referee: Paddy MartinCappry Rovers 4 Drumbar F.C. 2Cappry Rovers recorded a home win in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup against Drumbar United by four goals to two in Cappry Park. Drumbar started the stronger and created numerous chances following a couple of corners. They took the lead when Adam Enright scored direct from a corner after ten minutes. Cappry equalised in the fourteenth when a cross from Dylan Ramsey was finished to the net by Alan Patton. The Home team had numerous chances to take the lead through Alan Patton, Kyle Lafferty and Brendan Mc Laughlin but the Drumbar defence and the keeper held firm. The visitors regained the lead in the fortieth minute when Shane Mc Loone scored with a volley to the top corner of the net giving Brendan O’ Meara in the Cappry goal no chance.The second half started with Drumbar looking to stretch their lead but it was Cappry who got on level terms in the fifty second minute through Kyle Lafferty when he scored with a low hard shot.Alan Patton got his second goal and Cappry’s third in the sixty fourth minute when he beat the offside trap to slice the ball past the advancing keeper. Drumbar had a few half chances to score but were unable to finish. Cappry substitute Pete Lafferty scored in the eighty eighth minute when he won the ball to head past the keeper. Decent team performance from Cappry. Best for Drumbar Shane Browne and Mark Butler. Referee: Martin Mc Anneny.Fintown Harps AFC 2 Dunkineely Celtic 3Donegal Town 2 Erne Wanderers 0Donegal Town came out on top in a closely fought affair. Neither side were able to score in the first half with Erne coming closest when a long range effort hit the bar. In the second half Donegal got the break through when Kevin Devaney’s free kick was nodded home by team captain JP Byrne. Erne dominated possession from then on but failed to carve out any clear cut chances while Donegal were always threatening on the counter. Donegal sealed victory when Kevin Mc Cafferty, who was excellent throughout, broke the offside trap which allowed Padhraic Mc Glynn to finish after Mc Cafferty’ s original effort came back off the ‘keeper. Good team performances from both sides with Marty Byrne and Mc Cafferty best for Donegal.Copany Rovers 1 Letterbarrow Celtic 0Copany Rovers hosted Letterbarrow Celtic at Killowen Park on Sunday. It proved to be a highly entertaining match, well balanced with plenty of chances on both sides. In the 36th minuteCopany broke down the left and David Graham found himself free on the edge of the box and with a well struck drive he gave Copany the lead. It remained 1-0 until the break. In the 53rd minute after a deep free kick from Thomas Given on the half-way line, with Letterbarrow’s defence hesitant, the ball broke to David Graham who was taken down for a penalty. The spot kick was well saved by Enda Kenny in the Letterbarrow goal. Letterbarrow should have equalised on the 70th minute when a long throw found James Mc Groary at the back post but Stephen Doherty made a good save. David Graham and Dale Duncan were best for Copany with Enda Kenny, James Mc Groary and Christie Burke best for Letterbarrow Celtic.Orchard F.C. 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1Orchard F.C. and Kerrykeel ’71 played out an entertaining draw at Errigal College on Sunday. Kerrykeel took the lead on the half hour when Hughie Walsh capitalised on a poor back pass and shot to the net. The Rab’s Park men failed to make their dominance count for the remainder of the first half and went in with the minimal advantage. Orchard started the second half with a renewed urgency and midway through the period they found an equaliser. Kriss Mc Laughlin played a One-Two with Damien Watters and after outpacing the Kerrykeel defence he slid the ball past the outrushing keeper. The draw was a fair result.Milford United 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1Milford took an early lead with a well taken goal by Darren McLaughlin following good work by Jamie Heena. Milford, with the wind at their backs, pushed for a second but failed to create any great chances. Kilmacrennan attacks in the first half were limited and Milford went in at the break ahead. Kilmacrennan began the second half brightly and were level within ten minutes when Gary Gorman headed home from a free kick. Milford pushed for a winner while Kilmacrennan looked dangerous on the counter attack. A Ciaran McGinley free kick was met at the back post by Jamie Heena who headed home to keep the tie alive with twenty minutes remaining. Milford won two one and the teams played extra time to establish a Group winner. When the extra time failed to separate the sides penalties were taken and Milford United prevailed. Best for Milford were David Curley, Joey Cullen and Peter Doherty. Best for Kilmacrennan were Gary Gorman and Timmy Burke. Referee: Mick Langan.THURSDAY 29-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupBallybofey United 2 Drumoghill F.C. 4Drumoghill F.C. secured all three points on their visit to Ballybofey United on Thursday evening and they will contest the Lifford Area Final on September 8th. This was an open match from the first whistle to the last. Experience told throughout as the visitors, with their seasoned team, controlled the play for periods. That said nothing should be taken from the efforts shown by the youthful Ballybofey United side who boasted of only four players who had Donegal Junior League experience to their name prior to the start of this season’s Brian Mc Cormick Cup. This coupled with the fact that all seven substitutes were in their first Senior Season augers well for the future of the Twin Towns outfit.Drumoghill took the lead after only three minutes when the home defence failed to deal with a corner and Carlos Rodgers headed home. Sixteen minutes later in the nineteenth minute Christopher O’ Donnell got the first of his two on the night when he converted from close range after another Drumoghill corner. Then on twenty nine minutes Liam O’ Meara saved well from Andrew Peoples who tried his luck from twenty five yards. On the stroke of half time Carlos Rodgers headed against the Ballybofey United crossbar. Ballybofey then broke and Conor Doherty sent a searching ball over the Drumoghill defence. Ballybofey’s Noel Quinn won the race to the ball but his shot rebounded off the legs of the Drumoghill keeper. Niall Mc Closkey picked up the loose ball thirty yards from goal and curled his shot high into the Drumoghill net to leave the minimum between the sides at the interval.The second half again started poorly for the home team. After four minutes David O’ Carroll did well on the right wing and after getting past P H Bonar he sent a powerful shot past O’ Meara. It was over as a contest five minutes later when again Ballybofey United conceded at a corner kick situation. Again Christopher O’ Donnell was the beneficiary as the home side showed defensive naivety. The introduction of three substitutions added some vital edge for the hosts. Aaron Mc Auley was only into the action when he shot narrowly wide after been set up by Conor Doherty. Another replacement Conor Scanlon found the net on twenty seven minutes but the home side had too much to do at this stage and the game. With time running down O’ Meara made another good save this time from Shane Mc Intyre and David O’ Connell missed a penalty after a handball in the home box. Best for Ballybofey United: Conor Doherty, Niall Mc Closkey and Dylan Laverty. Best for Drumoghill: Christopher O’ Donnell, Carlos Rodgers and Andrew Peoples. Referee: Victor RaineyGlencar Celtic 1 Whitestrand United 1Whitestrand broke the deadlock through Sean Martin who finished neatly after a through ball caught out the Glencar Celtic defence. Glencar started the second half brightly with Paddy Collins causing problems and going close on one occasion after a good run. Glencar made a double substitution bringing on Pajo Rafferty for Steven Browne and Sully for Decky Scanlon. They brought more fight to Glencar and shortly after their arrival Glencar had a penalty after Paddy Collins was tripped in the area. Pajo stepped up and converted his second spot kick in as many games. Glencar threw everything at the Whitestrand defence for the last 20 minutes but they stood firm in defence and saw out the draw.Referee: Ed MooreSATURDAY 31-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupBallybofey United 2 v Raphoe Town 2Despite the fact that there was little at stake when Ballybofey United and Raphoe Town met in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup on Saturday evening the two teams served up an enjoyable game of football. Ballybofey took the lead midway through the first half when David White profited from some indecision among the Raphoe defenders. Raphoe were level just before the interval when Michael Quinn scored in the scramble that followed a corner kick. Simon Mc Glynn, who was outstanding throughout, gave Raphoe a deserved lead after ten minutes of the second half as they had opened the half the brighter. Ballybofey never gave up and grew in stature as the half progressed. They introduced Darren Kelly, Christopher Darby and Daniel Mc Glinchey to the play and the youthful determination of the trio helped to complete Ballybofey’s comeback. Darby won a free thirty five yards from goal and Enda Corry stepped up to send a fine strike to the back of the Raphoe net. The game ended at two apiece, a fair reflection on the match. Best for Ballybofey United: Sean Duffy, Liam O’ Meara. Best for Raphoe Town: Jamie Gallagher, Simon Mc Glynn. Referee: Liam FarrenOSCAR TRAYNOR COMPETITIONWith the Donegal Junior League season up and running the attention of the League’s Oscar Traynor team manager, Stephen Corcoran, turns to selecting a panel which he hopes can progress to the later stages this season. Last term there wasn’t much between the teams in the group stages and Inishowen, who the Donegal League acquitted themselves well against, went all the way to the final. With this in mind Corcoran has organised two trials. The first will take place on Wednesday night next, 4th September, at the Curragh Athletic’s New Camp Complex in Killygordan commencing at 7.30p.m. The second, at a venue yet to be decided, takes place the following week on September 11th. The initial list for these trials is as shown below and the manager, who can be contacted on 087-1201952, will be in contact with each individual player prior to the trials.The League has also recently received their match schedule for the first three matches. This season’s campaign begins in Roscommon where the Donegal League will meet the Roscommon League on September 29th. Diamond Park, Ballyare will be the venue for the second match when last season’s competition runners-up Inishowen will be the visitors on October 27th. The third match will also be an away fixture on November 11th as the Donegal League visit Yeat’s County to play the local Sligo/Leitrim League. Last season three players from the Donegal League squad went on to represent Ulster in the inter-provincials and Christopher Sweeney of Gweedore Celtic received the ultimate Amateur honour when he was selected to represent his country. On receiving his International Cap from League Chairman John Joe Mc Cafferty and Secretary Christina O’ Donnell, Sweeney encouraged more players to make themselves available for the squad and further stated that he was very proud to receive such an honour. Team manager Stephen Corcoran has made it clear that the door is open and he wants to put as good a team as possible on the field in an effort to emulate the team of ’83 won the tournament for the Donegal League.Players for trails: Joe Coll, Declan Mc Garvey, Paul Sweeney, Ryan Mc Fadden, Denis Boyle, Kevin Mc Fadden, Kevin Mulhern, Michael Barry, Darren Mc Geever, John Harley all Glenea United, Joey Cullen Milford United, Paul Boyle Keadue Rovers, Garbh Gallagher, Ryan Carlin Curragh Athletic, David Mc Gee, Jamie Boyle, Oran Mc Nelis, Christopher Sweeney all Gweedore Celtic, Lee White, Johnny Robb, Kevin Mc Brearty, Mark Neeson all Lifford Celtic, Colin Carlin, JP Mailey, Emmett White all Castlefin Celtic, Darragh Patton, Eoin Sheridan, Shay Coyle, David Millar all Rathmullan Celtic, Gio Peoples, Joe Mc Carron both Orchard FC, Barry Rose Eany Celtic, Shane Gallagher Deele Harps, Paddy Collins Glencar Celtic, David Graham and David Duncan Copany Rovers.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSTUESDAY 27-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupRamelton Mariners 1 v 0 Milford UnitedTHURSDAY 29-8-2013Ballybofey United 2 v 4 Drumoghill F.C.Glencar Celtic 1 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedSUNDAY 01-9-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupKeadue Rovers 2 v 0 Arranmore UnitedStrand Rovers 0 v 2 Dunlewy CelticGlenree United 2 v 4 Cranford UnitedGweedore United 0 v 3 Gweedore CelticTullyvinney Rovers 0 v 5 Castlefin CelticDeele Harps 2 v 1 Convoy ArsenalCurragh Athletic 2 v 0 Lagan HarpsBallybofey United 2 v 2 Raphoe TownCappry Rovers 4 v 2 Drumbar F.C.Fintown Harps AFC 2 v 3 Dunkineely CelticDonegal Town 2 v 0 Erne WanderersCopany Rovers 1 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticOrchard F.C. 1 v 1 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Milford United 2 v 1 Kilmacrennan CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESTUESDAY 03-09-2013 K.O. 6.30 p.m.Brian Mc Cormick CupMulroy Celtic v Bonagee UnitedTHURSDAY 05-09-2013Donegal Area – Group 2 PLAY-OFFSt. Catherines v Copany Rovers( Venue & Time To Be Confirmed )SATURDAY 07-09-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlenea United Reserves v Erne WanderersMulroy Celtic v Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoKeadue Rovers Reserves v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Milford United Reserves v Strand RoversDonegal Town Reserves v Cranford United ReservesTullyvinney Rovers v Gweedore United ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Glenree United ReservesSUNDAY 08-09 2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick – Area FinalsDunkineely Celtic v St. Catherines / Copany RoversRathmullan Celtic v Milford UnitedKeadue Rovers v Glenea UnitedCastlefin Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, TABLES AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Street children find hope in football

first_img23 March 2010Durban may be a host city for the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup™, but last week it hosted a football tournament with a difference, with street children from eight countries congregating in the coastal city to battle it out against each other.Vincent Khumalo (16) ran away from home in Johannesburg when he developed a drinking and smoking habit that led him to thieving. After roaming the streets of Durban, he was introduced to the Umthombo Foundation, where he started playing football. Today he plays for the South African street child team, and dreams of becoming an engineer.Vincent is just one of over 100 children from eight countries, including India, Brazil, Tanzania, Ukraine, Nicaragua, Philippines, the UK and South Africa, that took part in the first ever seven-a-side Street Child World Championship at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in Durban from 15 to 21 March.The week-long tournament, organised by UK Human Rights organisation Amos Trust, followed the groundbreaking work of the Durban-based Umthombo Foundation and was a celebration of the potential of street children, if they’re given a chance.Football changing livesAnd with the World Cup around the corner, it served as an example for South Africa of how football can change lives.The championship has elicited significant attention and support, with former England Captain David Beckham, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko among those who officially endorsed the event as a means to provide a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.According to Tom Hewitt, CEO of Umthombo, the world championship was created as a way of getting the plight of street children into the public arena.“Street children across the globe remains a peripheral issue with regards to development, and we thought that this could be a platform to bring the issue out into the mainstream as a development issue.”Hewitt said that the decision to host the tournament in South Africa came as a result of the country playing host to the Fifa World Cup in South Africa. He added that the Championship is to happen every four years, with the next one to be held in Rio de Janiero in Brazil in 2014.‘Our stories are alike’Vincent Khumalo really enjoyed the tournament experience. “Meeting these other children helps me a lot because our stories are alike,” Khumalo said. “I also think to myself that if I get a second chance, I must go back to school, and not make the same mistakes I made.”Street child Dennis David (15) from Tanzania said that he never imagined there would be street children in other parts of the world. The small lad said the tournament showed people that street children are capable.“People normally look at street children and think they can do nothing … but this tournament will show that we can do amazing things. I want to become a professional footballer and play for Tanzania one day at the World Cup … and win it,” he said with a smile.David ran away from home after suffering abuse from this stepmother, but counsellors have been working to get him to reintegrate with his family, and he is due to rejoin his family after the tournament.Marsh Sylvestres, who coaches the Tanzanian street child team and who also coaches the Tanzanian U17 team, agreed that football helped their shattered confidence.“Now they are able to look at the future and they feel they’re human beings,” Syvestres said.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Harbhajan promises to strike back

first_imgIndia are reeling at 136 for nine after the first day of the opening Test, but spinner Harbhajan Singh said the match is still not over and they had enough ammunition to strike back.The senior off-spinner said toss played a crucial role in the opening Test, which was delayed by more than four hours because of overnight and early rain at the Super-Sport Park.”It was a bad day for us. Losing the toss was the most crucial blow as the wicket was clearly damp. The ball was doing quite a bit. It was swinging and cutting too,” Harbhajan said after the match.”But I would like to say that the match is not over. We need to collect as many runs as possible and then try and bowl well to restrict them in the first innings. We have very good and experienced batting line up.They will score good amount of runs in the second innings. I only hope that this wicket will keep on assisting the bowlers,” he added.The 30-year-old tweaker also heaped praise on South African bowlers for exploiting the seaming conditions well.Meanwhile, South African pacer Morne Morkel said his and Dale Steyn’s exploits with the new bowl on the first day of the opening Test would have repercussions on the rest of the three match series and also send a message to the Indian camp.”We caused huge damage for the rest of the series. We dealt the first blow, the first punch after winning the toss. It sends a good message that we are here and we’re not going to step back,” said Morkel.advertisement”We have been bowling together for some time and so there was a bit of pressure on us to deliver. The main thing was not to get caught in there and get carried away as the game can change very quickly,” he said.last_img read more

RCA to file criminal complaint against Warne over ‘abuse’

first_imgDespite Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne tendering an apology to Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit for publicly abusing the latter after an IPL match, the RCA has decided to lodge a criminal complaint against Warne in Jaipur. VideoMail Today had reported on Saturday that without any proof of action by the Royals against Warne, the RCA would file a criminal complaint.RCA’s legal affairs committee met on Sunday and considered the apology letter sent by Royals CEO Sean Morris and decided to proceed with legal action in the absence of any details regarding the disciplinary action against Warne that the Royals management had announced.”Accordingly, the committee decided to file a criminal complaint under IPC sections against Warne and others at the earliest,” the association said in a statement.”It is an aggravated offence and it needs to be dealt with like that. Some kind of disciplinary action has to be taken. I don’t know what kind of disciplinary action has been taken. A mere statement was being made and nothing more has been done, just proverbial red- herring,” Dixit said.The incident in question occurred on May 11 when Warne allegedly called Dixit a liar and egoistic after the award ceremony of the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Bangalore Royal Challengers at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.Warne was miffed at Dixit for not agreeing to prepare a ‘favourable pitch’ for the match and allegedly abused Dixit for not replying to his text messages. Rajasthan Royals owner Shilpa Shetty had to intervene and apologise for the incident.advertisementIn a related development, the RCA also formed a committee consisting of Rajkumar Mathur, Ashok Joshi and Akhilesh Mittal to probe Rajasthan Royals’ claim that they got the pitches they wished for till now in the tournament. The committee will also go into all aspects regarding the pitch preparation in the first edition of IPL.RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet: Dean JonesAnother Australian who seems to have rubbed the RCA the wrong way is commentator Dean Jones who had made some derogatory remarks against the RCA.”The matter of Dean Jones who stated on a TV channel that ‘RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet’ was considered and his remarks were taken to be a direct insult to RCA as an institution.Rajasthan is the current national champion of a country which is not only the world champion but is also the Number One Test team. A team of lawyers would examine any other implication of this obnoxious statement and take appropriate action, a criminal complaint under IPC sections and would also go for civil action,” Rajkumar Mathur, vice president of the RCA, said in a statement.With Agency inputslast_img read more

India will allow opponents to win to ensure Pakistan are knocked out: Sikander Bakht

first_imgAfter Basit Ali, another former Pakistan cricketer has come out with a conspiracy theory saying that India will make sure Safaraz Ahmed’s men don’t make it to the semifinals of the ongoing World Cup.Sikander Bakht, who played 26 Tests and 27 ODIs for Pakistan, believes once the Men in Blue are through to the knockout stage, they will lose their remaining games to oust the Green Brigade of the tournament.”If India are already through, they will in their final match allow the opponents to win to ensure that Pakistan are knocked-out,” Bakht can be seen as saying to a Pakistan news channel in a video tweeted by Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq.Former Pakistan bowler Sikander Bakht “If India are already through, they will in their final match allow the opponents to win to ensure that Pakistan are knocked-out” #CWC19 Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 28, 2019Earlier, Ali had also claimed that India will “never want Pakistan” to make it to the semi-finals and that’s why the Men in Blue might perform badly and intentionally lose their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.Basit Ali reckons India will not want Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals and may play poorly in their matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh #CWC19 Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 26, 2019Pakistan, after suffering an embarrassing 89-run loss to India, made a strong comeback in the tournament, defeating South Africa and New Zealand. They have seven points in as many games and are currently locked in a fierce four-way battle for the semi-final spot with England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.advertisementIn order to qualify for the knockout stage, the 1992 champions need to win their remaining two games and also hope for favourable results in the matches of the other teams.India, having 11 points from six games, and need to win one of their remaining three fixtures against England (Sunday), Bangladesh (July 2) and Sri Lanka (July 6) to confirm their berth in the last four.Also Read | Nakal Karna Hi Sabse Badi Chaploosi Hai: Sheldon Cottrell on Mohammad Shami imitating his saluteAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan wary of Afghanistan spinners, says Haris SohailAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Team India ‘ready to rumble’ vs England in new orange jerseylast_img read more