It was a provocative question: PCB chief Ramiz Raja gives clarification on his response to Indian journalist after Asia Cup debacle

PCB Chief has stated a clarification on the same incident and claimed that such questions are intentionally asked to provoke the countrymen and aimed at extracting wrong message.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 17 September 2022 05:40 PM

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Pakistan Cricket team faced an embarrassing defeat in the finale of Asia Cup 2022 at Dubai International Stadium in UAE. Despite being regarded favorites, Babar Azam-led side could not rose to the occasion as they were completely outplayed by the Sri Lankan players in the summit-clash.

The performance of Men in Green left the Pakistan fans shocked and stunned as the star-studded line-up was outplayed in the two matches on the trot by Sri Lanka including final. Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja hogged lot of limelight after the match for venting out his anger on an Indian journalist who simply asked him about Pakistan fans being upset with the team's performance. 

"You must be from India, you are very happy," was the shocking response which came from the PCB Chief. The incident was widely discussed and debated on social media as majority section claimed that a person holding such a higher authority must not lose calm so easily.

In a fresh development, PCB Chief has stated a clarification on the same incident and claimed that such questions are intentionally asked to provoke the countrymen and aimed at extracting wrong message. Speaking on his YouTube channel, 'Fans Forum with Ramiz.' the PCB Chairman said, "Main apko batata hu. Unke jo questions the, jo line thi wo bilkul theek nahi the. Unka kehna ka matlab tha ki Pakistan ji janta khasi naraz hain team se. Toh maine bas unse yahi pucha ki aapko kaise pata ki sab log naraz hain team se. (The question he asked was inappropriate. He stated that the whole country is upset with the team. I simply asked him how he knew  that?)." 

Adding further, Ramiz Raja suggested that the intention of asking such question is to convey wrong message among all the Pakistan cricket fans and provoke them.

Meanwhile, Babar Azam & Co. have arrived in Karachi to participate in the first four matches of seven-match T20I series against England, starting from September 20. Ahead of the Pakistan vs England series, Pakistan Cricket Board has also named 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. Pakistan speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi, who missed out from the Asia Cup after failing to cope up with the knee injury, has marked his return in the squad.

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