Hussey defends Pakistan on match-fixing allegation

Updated: 07 October 2009 11:48 IST

Mike Hussey has defended Pakistani cricketers accused of throwing their Champions Trophy semi-final match against Australia.

Melbourne:

Mike Hussey has defended Pakistani cricketers accused of throwing their Champions Trophy semi-final match against Australia, saying the allegations against Younus Khan and his men are "false" as he didn't sense anything fishy in the last-ball thriller.

Pakistan's cricketers have been accused of "deliberately underperforming" in the match by a parliamentarian, Jamshed Dasti, who is also the chairman of Standing Committee on Sports in the Lower House.

"They lost to Australia just to keep India out of the tournament," Dasti has said.

But Hussey insisted that Pakistan gave their best in the match.

"I batted for quite a bit of that game and I can tell you they were going at 100 per cent," Hussey, who made 64 from 87 balls in that match, was quoted as saying by 'The Australian Associated Press'.

"They were charging around and really keen to get the wickets and then try to win the game. From my point of view, where I was sitting, it's definitely false accusations," he said.

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