Wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has openly accepted the criticism the national team faced for their early exit from T20 World Cup 2024. He has admitted that the criticism hurled at the team was right as they had performed below par. Rizwan revealed that being criticized is part of what players need to go through in order to succeed.

While talking about the tournament as a whole, he said that he was very disappointed with the performance the team showed, saying that there were many reasons for their defeats, such as substandard bowling and batting.

While talking to media in Peshawar, he was quoted as saying:

“The criticism team is facing is justified and we deserve this since we didn’t perform in accordance with expectations. Players who can’t face criticism won’t be able to succeed,”

“We are disappointed with our performance in T20 World Cup. There are multiple reasons behind our losses. When a team loses, one can’t say that bowling and batting is doing well,” 

He also responded to the “surgery” that PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi had spoken about while commenting on the broader issues in Pakistan cricket. He said, “Operations are necessary where there are problems,” and claimed that Naqvi seems like a hardworking man who is honestly trying to improve the team. Rizwan brought up, once more, the fact that the selection of teams is the decision of the chairman, again crediting his authority to Naqvi.

The T20 World Cup 2024 has been culminated by the triumph of India over South Africa by seven runs in a pulsating final in Barbados. The win sealed the second T20 World Cup title of India and, just like England and the West Indies. India took their first title in 2007 when they defeated Pakistan in the final.

The next edition of the T20 World Cup is slated for 2026 and will be hosted by India and Sri Lanka. Rizwan’s introspection and the forthcoming reforms augur a spell of soul-searching and rebuilding in the immediate future for Pakistan, preparing it for tasks ahead.

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