The Pakistan cricket team suffered a humiliating defeat to Zimbabwe in the 2022 T20 World Cup on Thursday, nearly leaving them out of the tournament. The result sparked a plethora of negative reactions on social media, with multiple former cricketers blaming Ramiz Raja, head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), for the team’s disappointing show in Australia. Mohammed Amir, one of the best pacers to ever play for Pakistan, has asked Raja to step down as PCB chairman after the team’s embarrassing performance against minnows Zimbabwe.
“From day one I said bad selection ub is cheez ki responsibility kon le ga I think it’s time to get rid of the so-called chairman jo pcb ka khuda bana hwa hai and the so-called main selector (from day one I said it’s a bad selection is) “Who will take responsibility? I think it’s time to get rid of the so-called PCB chairman who thinks he’s the god, and the so-called master selector,” Amir wrote on Twitter when he asked for Ramiz Raja’s Exit.
from day one i said bad selection ub is cheez ki responsibility kon le ga i think its time to get rid of the so called chairman jo pcb ka khuda bana hwa hai and the so called main selector.
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) October 27, 2022
Even legendary Pakistani pacesetter Shoaib Akhtar attacked the PCB after the loss, saying the management “has no brains.”
From poor application on the ground to questionable team selection, a number of reasons have been cited by former cricketers, pundits and fans of the Pakistani team. Even Pakistani skipper Babar Azam admitted that his team did not engage with the bat during the match, resulting in a failure chasing a paltry 131 run target.
Half way through we had taken 130. Very disappointing performance, we are not up to par in hitting. We have good hitters, but both openers came out in the power play. Unfortunately, when Shadab and Shan were building a partnership, Shadab got out. and then back-to-back wickets that pushed us into the pressure situation. First 6 overs, we didn’t use the new ball well, but we finished well with the ball. We will sit outside, discuss our mistakes and we will train hard and come back strong in our next game,” Babar had said after the game.
The result has seriously jeopardized Pakistan’s hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals. After losing their opening match of the tournament against India, Pakistan is now on 2 defeats from 2 matches and is ranked 5th out of 6 teams in Group 2.
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