The Pakistan cricket team has come under fire over the past week due to their unpredictable performance in the Asia Cup, where they ultimately lost to Sri Lanka in the championship match despite being the favorites. Additionally, the announcement of their T20 World Cup squad didn’t exactly bring smiles to the faces of veteran cricketers and experts, who instead questioned the team’s ability to even advance past the group stages in the major event in Australia. The head of the Pakistani selection committee, Muhammad Wasim, responded to criticism by bringing up the Indian cricket squad, which quieted the dissenters.

Pakistan lost to India in their Asia Cup opener last month in Dubai, but they bounced back to overcome the Men in Blue in the Super 4 round, allowing them to proceed to the title game while denying the then-defending champions the chance to capture the trophy for an unheard-of eighth time.

In a press conference held after Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad was announced, Wasim reminded critics that the team had not only defeated India in the 2021 T20 World Cup, which marked their first-ever victory over the Men in Blue in a World Cup match, but had also repeated the feat 10 months later at the same venue in the Asia Cup, in a match that mattered the most.

The valuation of the Indian team is $1 billion. However, we’ve shown this team’s capacity to triumph in the Asia Cup both last year and this year, and I have zero doubt that they’ll continue to wow the public in the World Cup, he added.

“You should, in my opinion, also take into account the fact that we participated in the most recent Asia Cup final and T20 World Cup semifinals. It wouldn’t be appropriate to dismiss the ensemble entirely because of a few mediocre performances.

The next week, Pakistan will play their home T20I opener against England before leaving for a tri-series in New Zealand.