Mohammad Rizwan opens up on Pakistan’s disappointing campaign at the T20 World Cup 2024

Jul 4, 2024

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In the wake of Pakistan‘s disappointing campaign at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, opining batter Mohammad Rizwan has candidly responded to the criticism levelled against the team. Pakistan, who were unable to progress beyond the group stage, faced defeats against the United States of America (USA) and India in the early stages of the tournament.

Mohammad Rizwan responds to the criticism 

Speaking at a press conference held in Peshawar, Rizwan took a stance of accountability, acknowledging the fair critique directed towards the team. His response, a beacon of hope for the team’s future, was a reassurance to the fans. He emphasised the inevitability of criticism in professional sports.

“The criticism we are facing is fair, and we accept it as we did not meet the expectations. Players who cannot handle criticism cannot succeed,” said Rizwan.

Addressing the broader issues contributing to Pakistan’s shortcomings, Rizwan highlighted systemic failures beyond individual performances. Alluding to the collective responsibility of the squad and management, Rizwan said: “When a team loses, it’s not just the bowling and batting that are at fault.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has hinted at potential operational changes following the team’s exit from the T20 World Cup. PCB Chief Mohsin Naqvi‘s mention of ‘operation’ raised speculations about significant structural adjustments within the team. Responding to this, Rizwan expressed deference to the PCB’s prerogative in shaping Pakistan’s cricketing future.

“Operations are normal. When a person is ill, operations are necessary,” Rizwan metaphorically suggested, supporting the board’s authority in making tough decisions.

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Assessing Pakistan’s disappointing performance

The T20 World Cup 2024 marked a stark disappointment for Pakistan, failing to progress beyond the initial group stage despite being in contention. Their early losses against the USA and traditional rivals India proved decisive, overshadowed a late victory against Canada. Group A witnessed the USA making history by advancing to the Super Eight stage in their tournament debut, benefiting from circumstances favouring their progression.

As Pakistan reflects on this setback, discussions within the cricketing fraternity are expected to intensify regarding necessary reforms and the future trajectory of the national team. Rizwan’s forthright statements underscore a collective readiness to address the challenges ahead, signalling a potential period of introspection and renewal for Pakistan cricket.

Also READ: Ahmed Shehzad reveals his all-time Pakistan XI; no place for Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi

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