File photo of Ramiz Raja© AFP
In the Asia Cup final, Pakistan led by Babar Azam suffered a 23-point defeat to Sri Lanka and as a result, the Islanders won the continental tournament for the sixth time. The main topic of conversation, however, came after the match ended when Ramiz Raja, head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), snapped at an Indian journalist, who had asked Ramiz to say something to “Pakistani fans who were sad after the loss.”
After hearing the question, the PCB chief was left furious when he asked the journalist if he was from India and also hinted that Indian fans would be happy with the outcome of the final. Ramiz was also seen snatching Shane’s phone from the reporters before returning it.
Now, while doing a QnA with fans on Pakistan Cricket’s official YouTube channel, Ramiz was asked about the incident after the Asian Cup final.
Talking about the incident, Ramiz said: “I’ll tell you what happened. The question was wrong. The only point I had was that the reporter asked that all Pakistani fans are upset about losing in the Asia Cup final, I just asked him how he knows fans are angry? You’re in a different room so how do you know the fans are unhappy.”
“These are provocative statements, if you don’t have malice in your heart it will come through. Anyway, it was just one incident, we will let it go,” he added.
Pakistan tasted a second consecutive humility at the hands of Sri Lanka and this time it was in the final of the 2022 Asia Cup. Babar Azam’s team failed to drive home the advantage in the top match in Dubai despite winning the toss and the Lankans stagger 67/5 after the first 10 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksa hit an unbeaten 71 to lead the Lankans to 170/6. After that, the Sri Lankan bowlers knocked out Pakistan for 147 to take a great win.
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