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This day that year: India lose World Cup 2019 match to England triggering Pakistan conspiracy theories

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This day that year: India lose World Cup 2019 match to England triggering Pakistan conspiracy theories

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India’s unbeaten run in World Cup 2019 came to an end on this day last year (June 30) when they were comfortably outclassed by hosts England at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

From the toss, everything went England’s way as Eoin Morgan opted to bat after which Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow tore into India’s new-ball attack.

Roy made 66 and Bairstow 111 as the England openers added 160 runs in just 22.1 overs for the opening wicket. A quickfire 79 from Ben stokes and 20 from skipper Morgan helped England post 337 in 50 overs.

20 singles, 7 dots, 3 fours, 1 six: India’s last 5 overs

What followed was a chase that was ‘strange’ as India managed just 306 runs in their quota of 50 overs despite a hundred from Rohit Sharma and 66 from captain Virat Kohli.

MS Dhoni, who has not played competitive cricket since the World Cup, was slammed for his approach along with Kedar Jadhav as the duo added just 39 runs in the last 5.1 overs wherein India needed 71 runs.

During the partnership between Dhoni and Jadhav, there were 20 singles, 7 dots, 3 fours and a lone six over a 31-ball period.

How India’s defeat changed the World Cup fortunes for England, Pakistan

England had headed into the India clash on the back of back-to-back defeats to Australia and Sri Lanka. The hosts were in a must-win situation but the win against India brightened their chances and they eventually made the semi-final after beating New Zealand in their final group-stage match.

On the other hand, Pakistan’s chances of making the semi-final took a huge blow as they were left with what proved to be an impossible equation in their final group game against Bangladesh.

Pakistan were eventually knocked out after they finished 5th on the group-stage standings tied on points with 4th-placed New Zealand. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men lost out on Net Run Rate in the end.

New Zealand were joined by England, India and Australia in the semi-finals.

When Pakistan cricketers accused India of deliberately losing to England

Ever since India’s defeat on June 30, several Pakistan cricketers have accused India of losing the match to England deliberately to hamper Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-final.

As recently as June 2020, former Pakistan all-rounder Abul Razzaq said he has no doubts India lost their World Cup match to England deliberately.

“There is no doubt about this – we said this before and all cricketers are saying that – as I said, you can see this clearly; For a person like Dhoni who can hit a six or a four at will, he is blocking the ball then that is easy to see,” Razzaq said when asked if India lost to England on purpose, as quoted by PakPassion.

Former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed had claimed that a few West Indies players told him that India did not want to see Pakistan in the semi-finals.

“I was working with the West Indies squad at last year’s World Cup. After India’s loss to England, Jason Holder, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell said to me, Mushy, India didn’t want to see Pakistan qualify for the semi-final,” Ahmed said.

Ben Stokes on ‘twisting of words’

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, in his new book ‘On Fire’ had described India’s loss, saying it was strange to see MS Dhoni approach the chase the way he did.

In his new book ‘On Fire’ published by Headline Books and distributed by Hachette India, Stokes analysed each of England’s games in the World Cup.

“Arguably, the way MS Dhoni played when he came in with 112 runs needed from 11 overs was even stranger. He appeared more intent on singles than sixes. Even with a dozen balls remaining, India could still have won.

“…there was little or no intent from him (Dhoni) or his partner Kedar Jadhav. To me, while victory is still possible you always go for broke.”

However, Ben Stokes had to clarify on social media when former Pakistan bowler Sikander Bakht claimed that the England all-rounder had said India lost to England deliberately.

When a social media user asked where to find Stokes’s comments regarding the same, the player himself responded by writing: “You won’t find it cause I have never said it… it’s called “twisting of words” or “clickbait”.

Think a little and have some shame: When Aakash Chopra hit back

Former India opener Aakash Chopra recently slammed the criticism that came India’s way, urging the Pakistan players ‘to have some shame’ before making accusations.

“Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” Chopra said on his Youtube channel.

“It is understandable if the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn’t make sense to Stokes or if he was confused by Dhoni’s approach towards the end. But he never said that India deliberately lost the match.

“Former Pakistani cricketers are openly saying that India lost deliberately and ICC should fine them. How can you think like that? It was more important for India to top the group at that time.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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