“We deserve it”: Mohammad Rizwan's scathing comment on criticism of Pakistan's loss in T20 World Cup

“We deserve it”: Mohammad Rizwan's scathing comment on criticism of Pakistan's loss in T20 World Cup

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Mohammad Rizwan spoke to the media in Peshawar, Pakistan.© X (Twitter)

The post-mortem of the Pakistan cricket team after their poor showing in the T20 World Cup has been a long and brutal one. Pakistan were considered the dark horses but failed to even make it out of the group stage. Pakistan were stunned in their first match by tournament co-hosts and debutants USA, before losing to their arch-rivals in a thrilling encounter. Pakistan's loss resulted in them missing out on Super 8 qualification, resulting in a lot of anger among current and former cricketers.

Babar Azam and his team have been facing severe criticism from fans and former cricketers, who have even demanded that the board should sack the entire team for their poor performance in the T20 World Cup.

However, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has acknowledged the criticism from Pakistani players and said it is all a great learning opportunity.

During a press conference in Peshawar, Rizwan said, “The criticism of the team is justified and we deserve it, because we did not perform as expected. Players who cannot face criticism will not be able to succeed. We are disappointed with our performance in the T20 World Cup. There are many reasons behind our defeat. When a team loses, no one can say that the bowling and batting are doing well.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Mohsin Naqvi had used the word “operation” during a press conference, hinting that the board could take harsh action against the players.

Sharing his views on this, Rizwan admitted that the PCB chief has every right to decide on Pakistan's cricketing future.

He said, “Operation is a normal thing. When a person is ill, operation is necessary. The PCB chairman is a hardworking person. It is the chairman's right to decide who will be in the team and who will not.”

Rizwan also had a disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup, where he scored 110 runs at an average of 36.66 and a very poor strike rate of 90.90.

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