Pakistan have made it to a T20 World Cup final after 13 long years, beating New Zealand in the semi-finals. They will be facing 2010 champions England in the summit clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, November 13.
After India’s exit from the world cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja took a sly dig at India. While speaking to the reporters after he arrived in Australia, he 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.”
This isn’t the first time Ramiz Raja has made remarks on similar lines. Before the start of the T20 World Cup in Australia, he credited Babar Azam‘s team for defeating India by 10 wickets in the previous edition.
Australia all-rounder Simon O’Donnell has revealed that the country is willing to host the Test series between the two arch-rivals, India and Pakistan. Raja said, “I don’t have any such knowledge about the Test series to be played between India and Pakistan.”
Earlier this year, even England made a similar offer to host the Test series between the two teams. The PCB has earlier threatened to pull out of the 2023 ODI World Cup to be held in India if the BCCI will not send their team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.
“There is an air of invincibility” – Ramiz Raja on comparisons between 1992 World Cup and T20 World Cup 2022
Ramiz Raja also talked about the resemblance between the 1992 ODI World Cup and this T20 World Cup 2022.
“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,” said Raja.
He even said this team is much more relaxed than the 1992 world cup winning team. He further said that the finals would be an evenly contested match between the two teams. The chairman has also been criticised for poor team selection, to which he said:
“I always believe that criticism should be constructive, not agenda-driven.”