‘Provocative statement’: Ramiz Raja opens up on taking shot of Indian journalist

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In the Asian Cup final, Babar Azam-led Pakistan suffered a 23-point loss to Sri Lanka and as a result, the Islanders won the continental tournament for the sixth time. However, the biggest talking point came after the game was over when Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja lashed out at an Indian journalist, who had asked Ramiz to say something to “Pakistani fans who were sad after the loss”.

After hearing the question, the PCB chief remained furious when he asked the reporter if he is from India and also hinted that the Indian fans would be happy with the outcome of the final. Ramiz was also seen snatching Shane’s phone from reporters before returning it to him.

Now, while doing a QnA with fans on Pakistan Cricket’s official YouTube channel, Ramiz was asked about the incident after the Asian Cup final.

Speaking about the incident, Ramiz said, “I will tell you what happened. The line of questioning was not correct. The only point I had was that the reporter asked all Pakistani fans to be angry with the loss in the Asian Cup final I just asked him how does he know the fans are angry You are sitting in a different area so how do you know the fans are unhappy.

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“These are provocative statements, if you have no malice in your heart, it will pass. Anyway, it was just an incident, we will let it pass,” he added.

Pakistan tasted a second straight humiliation at the hands of Sri Lanka and this time it was in the 2022 Asian Cup final. Babar Azam’s side failed to take the lead in the summit clash in Dubai despite winning the draw and the Lankans staggering at 67/5 after the first 10 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksa slammed an unbeaten 71 to guide the Lankans to 170/6. After that, Sri Lankan bowlers beat Pakistan for 147 to script a big win.

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