Former England batsman Jonathan Trott has revealed in his book ‘Unguarded’ that the reason behind his scuffle with Pakistani left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz in the nets during the 2010 ODI series was a ‘Yo Mama’ joke.
The event happened after the infamous Lord’s Test in 2010 where Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were convicted of spot-fixing.
Pakistan, even after the disgrace, did not abandon the tour and stayed to play the remaining Tests and also the T20Is and ODIs.
However, the then Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt accused England players of being “paid enormous amount of money” to lose the third ODI of the series at The Oval.
Trott revealed that the then England captain Andrew Strauss wanted to withdraw from the series after such allegation but coach Andy Flower did not allow him to do so.
“The atmosphere was horrible — full of tension, with deep animosity between the sides — and a few of us were struggling to shrug off the resentment we felt about having to play against Pakistan,” Trott wrote.
“Wahab Riaz walked past me by the nets on the Nursery Ground and tried to eyeball me. ‘You going to accuse us of match-fixing again?’ I asked.
“‘Your mum knows all about match-fixing,’ he said.
“It was a ridiculous answer but it was all I needed. I smashed my pads across his face — they made a great sound — and grabbed him by the throat.
“I guess I was looking for an opportunity to lash out and he had provided it. I’m not sure how things would have played out, but Graham Gooch, the England batting coach, rushed over to separate us. ‘That’s not how we do things, Trotty,’ he said.”
Before Pakistan’s tour of England this year, Wahab had also presented his part of the story of the incident.
“He [Trott] was a bit rude and when it comes to being rude, you can never beat the Pakistanis on it,” Wahab had said.
“We are the most rude when it comes to it. We are nice but if somebody is rude we won’t spare it,” he had added.
Jonathan Trott's book excerpts were quoted by Fox Sports
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