Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja has revealed to the Senate on Thursday, October 7, 2021, that there is a huge monetary motivation for the PCB if the Pakistani team manages to beat the archrivals India in their T20 World Cup 2021 encounter on October 24 in Dubai.
The marquee encounter is one of the much-awaited clashes as the arch-rivals no more play in a bilateral series. They lock horns only in the ICC events and in the Asia Cup. And the tickets for the high voltage encounter were sold out within hours of ICC opening the window for its ticket sales.
Pakistan has never defeated India in either the 50-over World Cup or the 20-over World Cup. India and Pakistan first met each other in the 1992 Benson and Hedges World Cup in Australia, which began the 12-0 streak India currently enjoys. Later, India beat Pakistan in the final of the inaugural World T20 in 2007 in Johannesburg in South Africa to become the very first T20 champions.
Including this match, in T20 World Cups, the two sides have faced in five matches and India has emerged victorious in all of them as well. The last defeat for the Men in Green came in the 2016 T20 World Cup edition when Virat Kohli’s amazing knock handed Shahid Afridi’s team a loss in Kolkata.
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja Confirms An Investor Ready With A Blank Cheque
However, this coming encounter between Pakistan and India in Dubai has a lot riding on it when it comes to the Men in Green as PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja has confirmed that an investor is ready to give a blank cheque to him if Pakistan manages to beat India for the first time in the World Cup.
Multiple Pakistani experts and former cricketers have cited the team’s familiarity with the Dubai wicket and conditions as the reason for them being favorites to beat India in their T20 World Cup encounter.
“One strong investor told me that a blank cheque is ready for the PCB if Pakistan beats India in the upcoming T20 World Cup,” Ramiz said in a meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) according to Cricket Pakistan.
This will be the first time for both Babar Azam and Virat Kohli to lead their respective teams in the T20 World Cup event.