Former Goa minister gets Pakistani `bookie` SMS

Former Goa sports minister Francisco Silveira was speaking during a discussion to congratulate the Indian cricket team for winning the World Cup.

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 16:11 PM IST

Panaji: Former Goa sports minister Francisco Silveira on Friday told the state Assembly that he received an SMS, which allegedly originated in Pakistan, and it detailed how Shahid Afridi`s team would crumble against India in the March 30 cricket World Cup semifinal.

Silveira was speaking during a discussion to congratulate the Indian cricket team for winning the World Cup.

"My friend received a message from Pakistan before the match. The message claimed it was a `bookie update`. It read... India will bat first....score over 260...three wickets will fall in first 15 overs. Pakistan will cruise to 100 and then they will lose two wickets at 150. They will be five down and then crumble and lose by margin of over 20 runs," Silveira said.

"My friend passed on the message to me. I was shocked," said Silveira, a Congress legislator from St Andre.

India won the encounter by 29 runs, after scoring 260 for 9. Pakistan batting second, were all out 231, after a middle-order collapse.

IANS