Pakistan entered the final of 2022 Asia Cup and was considered the favorite as Sri Lanka had only won twice since the last T20I World Cup, but they put in a great team performance in the tournament to take the title.
Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, ex-pak skipper Ramiz Raja, attended the final on Sunday as Dasun Shanaka’s side triumphed by 23 runs. A video of Raja’s verbal altercation with an Indian journalist has gone viral on social media.
The PCB chief interacted with the media after the match and when questioned about the mood of the Pakistani people, Raja did not take the question lightly. He saw himself having a war of words with the Indian journalist, and he even snatched the writer’s phone.
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The former cricketer snapped at the journalist’s question in the viral video and he can be heard saying: “Aap India se honge? Aap to bade khush honge? (Are you from India? You must be very happy?)”
Later, the journalist took to Twitter and expressed his frustration while sharing a video of the incident.
क्या मेरा सवाल ग़लत था – क्या पाकिस्तान के फ़ैन नाखुश नहीं है – ये बहुत ग़लत था एक बोर्ड के चेयरमैन के रूप – आपको मेरा फ़ोन नहीं छीनना चाहिये था – that’s not right Mr. Chairman Answering my phone was not good @TheRealPCB @iramizraja #PAKvSL #SLvsPAK pic.twitter.com/tzio5cJvbG— जुगलान Rohit Juglan (@rohitjuglan) September 11, 2022
After the final, Pakistani Mohammad Rizwan, who also finished as top scorer in the 2022 Asian Cup, admitted that his side made costly mistakes and that Sri Lanka was the ‘deserved’ champion.
“I think when a team thinks about toss, it’s not a championship team. Sri Lanka was today, they didn’t think about toss. And then they hurt us for our mistakes. They deserved to be champions,” said Rizwan. in the post-match interview.
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He continued: “We made mistakes. We are people. We also played well during the tournament, but we lost momentum in the first innings. In T20 cricket, the team that has the best momentum when switching innings has the advantage. ”