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Afghanistan knocked Australia out of the T20 World Cup but not before a controversial mid-game act by star Gulbadin Naib sparked accusations of cheating.

The Afghan player appeared to be suffering from a hamstring injury, but Australian star Adam Zampa joked it was “the old cord”.

Australia’s slim hopes of reaching the semi-final against Afghanistan depended on the latter losing its clash against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

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Afghanistan finally won one of the best swinging games in recent times by eight runs, bowling out Bangladesh for 105 after 17.5 overs.

However, the team’s passage to the next phase was seriously threatened after 11.4 overs affected by rain in the second innings, when controversy broke out.

Afghanistan narrowly edged Bangladesh by two runs under the DLS system just as the rain started falling again.

Seeing the rain fall again in Kingstown, and apparently aware of the slim lead, Afghanistan coach and former England international Johnathan Trott gestured to his players to slow down in the hope that the referees would stop the game before another ball could be thrown.

Immediately after Trott’s gesture, Gulbadin, who stood still at the first slip, inexplicably grabbed his hamstring and fell to the ground, claiming to be seriously injured.

Afghanistan got their wish with intensifying rain and Gulbadin delaying to ensure another ball did not arrive.

If the game had not been able to continue, Afghanistan’s progress over Australia would have been confirmed at that very moment.

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Simon Doull in a comment immediately questioned Gulbadin about the curious act.

“Oh no no no, sorry. “You cannot allow this,” she said, “I will not accept it.”

“Even Rashid (Khan) doesn’t like it.”

And he added: “They are just delaying tactics. I understand it but I don’t like it at all. It is unacceptable.

“They may have gone off anyway because of the rain, but that’s not a good picture.

“I know the Euro Cup is happening in football, you would be better off there.”

What kept the controversy from escalating was the fact that the rain passed quickly, allowing play to resume.

It meant that the match was decided not by Gulbadin’s action, but only by the weather gods, and now the nation will surely be asked questions about the “spirit of cricket”.

“The spirit of cricket is alive and well…” wrote Michael Vaughan in X.

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