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Wednesday 31st May 2023 / 9 Shawwal 1444

Pak players better than billion-dollar league cricketers: Ramiz Raja

MELBOURNE: Thrashing Indian cricket team on their defeat at the hands of England at T20 World Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja said, ‘Pakistan players are better than the billion-dollar league cricketers.’ 

Speaking to the reporters upon his arrival in Australia, the PCB chief 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.”

Also read: Pakistan drawing inspiration from ’92 win over England: Hayden

Earlier, he was quoted as having said that Pakistan must get the credit to the Babar Azam-led team, who defeated one billion dollars Indian cricket team in the last T20 World Cup.

Commenting on remarks by former Australia all-rounder Simon O’Donnell that Australia had offered to host a Test series between India and Pakistan, Ramiz Raja said “I don’t have any such knowledge about the Test series to be played between India and Pakistan.”

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He also said that he is amazed to see the striking similarities in Pakistan’s campaign between 1992 and this World Cup.

“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.

However, Raja accepted that the Babar XI looked more relaxed than Imran Khan’s 1992 World Cup-winning team.

Also read: T20WC: Pakistan’s mentor Matthew Hayden backs Babar Azam, Mohammed Rizwan

“Babar XI are more relaxed than us. We were bit scared before the final. They are enjoying the moment, and it is heartening to see,” he said.


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