Despite suffering two losses early on in their campaign in Australia, including a shocking loss to Zimbabwe, going down 43 for four in the crucial match against South Africa, and struggling in a low-scoring chase against Bangladesh in the virtual quarterfinal, Pakistan recovered and miraculously turned things around in the T20 World Cup to advance to the semifinals, setting a tournament record for the most times in the event’s history. To reach the final for the first time in an ICC event since the 2017 Champions Trophy, they will now take on New Zealand in the first semifinal game of the 2022 edition of the tournament.

Mohammad Amir, a prominent player for Pakistan, attacked PCB president Ramiz Raja and the squad selectors in an interview with News 24 HD shortly after the team made it to the final and pleaded with them not to speak out if they won the trophy. In a ferocious tirade directed against PCB, he said that no one had accepted responsibility for the team’s losses and that no one should come forward to claim credit for victories.

“Abhi bhi request hai unse, if the Pakistani team is chosen to participate in the event. If the Pakistani team isn’t selected, samne na aaye, or kahe ki yeh team maine pick ki thi. Banana log ko mat shuru kijiye ga, eh bewakoof. Credit lene kiliye na aaye ki yeh team maine choose ki thi, sab ko pata hai kaha kaha pe galatiyan hui. Gayeb ho gaye pata nehi, jab team har rahi thi aap ko kahi kamre me jaake chup gaaye. If your team advances to the semifinals, please refrain from coming out and claiming that you chose this team if Pakistan wins. Nobody accepted blame while the team was losing. Do not mislead us. We all know what went wrong with the choice. Nobody spoke out while the squad was losing; everyone hid),” he claimed.

Pakistan has previously advanced to the T20 World Cup semifinals five times, losing three times in a row. They last achieved semi-final success in 2009, the year they also won the championship.