Epitomizing a ‘sour loser’, Ramiz Raja recently lashed out at a journalist, going as far as snatching his phone and saying, “Aap to India se honge”. The unprofessional side of the PCB chief was in full display after Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022 final. Earlier on Sunday, September 11, Sri Lanka claimed its sixth ever Asia Cup, defeating Pakistan by a good margin of 23 runs.
It was an evening to look forward to for Sri Lankan fans and players, as the team played in unison, and gave its citizens a much-needed relief amid all the ongoing turmoil. However, for Pakistan, it was another heartbreaking final. And its board chairman Ramiz Raja made no efforts to hide it.
The PCB chief, who was also a phenomenal player for his side, lost his cool as he made his way out of the stadium. When a journalist asked Raja what message would he like to give to the people of Pakistan, Raja replied with a shocking brashness.
“Aap India se honge? Aap to bade khush honge? (You must be from India? You must be very happy then?)”, he was quoted saying.
The PCB chief further went on to snatch the journalist’s phone in the heat of the moment, only to give it right away.
The Facts of the Matter
It’s never easy to accept a defeat, especially from a position where you were looked as favourite. In the Pakistan VS Sri Lanka final of the Asia Cup 2022, many were expecting Pakistan to win, thanks to their lethal pace attack and their decent top-order. However, the Babar Azam-led team once again choked, and was defeated in the final by Sri Lanka.
Shell Shocked Pak Fans as Team Chokes in Final Again
The defeat was not easy for any Pakistani supporters. As players hugged and shook hands with each other, the crushing weight of the defeat was clearly visible on their faces. Fans wearing Pakistan jerseys and flag drawn on their faces, also looked shell-shocked.
The crushing weight of the defeat overpowered the Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief Ramiz Raja as well, who was seen lashing out at an Indian journalist, and going as far as snatching his phone from his hand.
‘Aap to India se honge’: Ramiz Raja Lashes Out
As he was exiting the stadium, a group of journalists gathered around him. One journalist was seen saying that Pakistan fans are sad, and what message would Raja would like to give them.
To this, Raja reacted brashly and said, “Aap to India se honge? Aap to bade khush honge? (You must be from India? You must be very happy then?)”. Not only that, but he also went on to snatch the journalist’s phone. However, he returned it right at the moment.
The incident’s video was shared by the journalist himself, who took to Twitter and wrote, “Was my question wrong – Are Pakistan fans not unhappy – It was very wrong as chairman of a board – you should not have snatched my phone – that’s not right Mr Chairman Taking my phone was not right”.
क्या मेरा सवाल ग़लत था – क्या पाकिस्तान के फ़ैन नाखुश नहीं है – ये बहुत ग़लत था एक बोर्ड के चेयरमैन के रूप में – आपको मेरा फ़ोन नहीं छीनना चाहिये था – that’s not right Mr Chairman Taking my phone was not right @TheRealPCB @iramizraja #PAKvSL #SLvsPAK pic.twitter.com/tzio5cJvbG
— रोहित जुगलान Rohit Juglan (@rohitjuglan) September 11, 2022
Netizens React to Ramiz Raja’s Unprofessional Conduct
Chairman PCB Ramiz Raja and President BCCI Sourav Ganguly together in Dubai International Stadium pic.twitter.com/kDhTdCFrmH
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) September 11, 2022
Cheap act by @iramizraja the PCB chairman and the comments made by him was totally uncalled for.Behaving like a toxic 🇵🇰 fan from such a high position is uncalled for.#PAKvsSL #AsiaCup2022 https://t.co/Sk6zPxKXS0
— Kriti Singh (@krititweets_) September 11, 2022
Called out Afghan fans for stooping low that day. Did the same thing after final's loss.
— Paridhi Srivastava 7🏏⚽ (@BeingKohlicious) September 11, 2022
Asia Cup Final – What Happened in the Game?
Earlier in the Asia Cup Final, Pakistan and Sri Lanka locked horns, with the latter emerging victorious. Batting first, Sri Lankans put a decent total of 170 for the loss of six wickets. Bhanuka Rajapaksa played another stellar inning, scoring 71 of 45.
In response to that, Pakistan batting unit looked uncomfortable for the most part. None of the batters except for Mohammad Rizwan showed any resilience. In the end, Pakistan got bundled out at 147.