Former Pakistani speedster Mohammad Amir has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following Pakistan’s one-run defeat to Zimbabwe in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 match on Thursday, October 27. In a tweet, he asked the sacking of PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and chief selector Muhammad Wasim as well.
Following their four-wicket defeat to Team India in their tournament opener in the Super 12 in Melbourne, Pakistan needed to beat Zimbabwe in Perth to have a strong case of qualifying for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022 as well. Despite needing only 131 for victory, they failed to chase it.
However, reacting to the defeat, Mohammad Amir, who has had a love-hate relationship with the PCB, slammed the management over poor team selection as well.
He took to his official Twitter handle and wrote: “From day one I said poor selection ub is cheez ki responsibility kon le ga (Who will take responsibility for this now). I think it’s time to get rid of so called chairman jo pcb ka khuda bana hwa hai (chairman has become god of PCB) and so called chief selector.”
from day one I said poor selection ub is cheez ki responsibility kon le ga I think it's time to get rid of so called chairman jo pcb ka khuda bana hwa hai and so called chief selector.
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) October 27, 2022
Earlier, Mohammad Amir had also taken a jibe at the PCB after the selectors had announced the 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup. He had tweeted back then: “Chief selector ki cheap selection 😆.”
However, Pakistan’s overdependence on openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan has become a worry for the team before their T20 World Cup campaign. They got out cheaply against both India and Zimbabwe, which also exposed the poor middle order.
Reacting to the shoddy performance, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has admitted that his team put up a very disappointing effort, especially their batting team.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, he said: “Very disappointing performance, we are not up to the mark in batting. We have good batters but both openers got out in the powerplay. Shadab and Shan were building a partnership. Unfortunately, Shadab got out and then back-to-back wickets that pushed us into pressure situation.”
On the bowling performance, he added: “First 6 overs, we haven’t used the new ball well but we finished well with the ball. We will sit out, discuss our mistakes and we will train hard and come back strong in our next game.”
Pakistan will next take on the Netherlands in Perth on Sunday, October 30 as well.