Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has taken a brutal dig at the India National Cricket Team after their exit from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, asserting that the “billion dollar ki industry waali teams peeche rah gayi hai aur hum upar nikal gaye hai”.
On Thursday, the Men In Blue got eliminated from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 after facing a humiliating 10-wicket defeat against England at the Adelaide Oval in the second semi-final. Pakistan, on the other hand, had defeated New Zealand in the first semi-final and they will take on England in the summit clash of the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Speaking to the reporters upon his arrival in Australia, the PCB chief Ramiz Raja said:
“Billion dollar ki industry waali teams peeche rah gayi hai aur hum upar nikal gaye hai (Teams with billion dollar leagues are falling behind us). We are doing something right.”
Former Australia all-rounder Simon O’Donnell had revealed that Australia offered to host a Test series between India and Pakistan. PCB chief opened up on this matter and said:
“I don’t have any such knowledge about the Test series to be played between India and Pakistan “
Ramiz Raja further talked about the similarities between Pakistan’s campaign in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 1992 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. He said:
“There are striking similarities to the 1992 campaign. There is an air of invincibility, a self-belief like in 92. Back then, we knew that even if the opposition played with 15 in the final, we were not going to lose.
“Babar XI are more relaxed than us. We were bit scared before the final. They are enjoying the moment, and it is heartening to see.”
I have given them the reference of the 1992 World Cup final – Ramiz Raja
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja further opened up on his interaction with the Men In Green just a few days before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 final. He elaborated:
“I have given them the reference of the 1992 World Cup final. Speech ye thi ki 90 hazaar log hai bahar ye mauka humare career mey waapis aane nahi hai, enjoy kare aur match jeete, maine exactly wahi repeat kiya jo humare kaptaan (Imran Khan) ne 1922 mey kaha tha (I repeated what exactly Imran Khan told us in team meeting. he said 90 thousand people are outside; this moment is not coming back in our careers; we need to enjoy the game and win it.
“Jo aapne karna hai wo aapne kar liya hai, aapki technique 24 ghanton mey kharab nahi ho sakti, ye ab mental game hai (They have done everything, their techniques will not suffer in 24 hours. It is just a mental game. In the finals, there are no clear favourites, it will be a 50-50 game.”