SL vs PAK: Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka at par with 1987 Bangalore Test victory over India, says PCB chief Ramiz Raja

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SL vs PAK: Pakistan's win against Sri Lanka at par with 1987 Bangalore Test victory over India, says PCB chief Ramiz Raja
SL vs PAK: Pakistan's win against Sri Lanka at par with 1987 Bangalore Test victory over India, says PCB chief Ramiz Raja

SL vs PAK: Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka at par with 1987 Bangalore Test victory over India, says PCB chief Ramiz Raja

SL vs PAK: PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has praised the national team for its recent victory against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test, comparing it to Pakistan’s legendary victory over India in the 1987 Bangalore Test.

In the opening Test in Galle, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets after chasing down a challenging 342-run mark on the last day to take a 1-0 series lead.

“From a difficult point of view I would say this is one of Pakistan’s best Test wins in a run-chase, probably the best. In terms of difficult conditions I would say the Galle win is at par with the victory we achieved in Bangalore against India on a turning pitch,” Ramiz told a Pakistani news channel.

The former Test captain was a member of the Imran Khan-led squad that defeated India in a tight Test at Bangalore in 1987.

Ramiz believes that allowing Babar a free hand enabled him to assemble a potent team.

SL vs PAK: Pakistan's win against Sri Lanka at par with 1987 Bangalore Test victory over India, says PCB chief Ramiz Raja
SL vs PAK: Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka at par with 1987 Bangalore Test victory over India, says PCB chief Ramiz Raja

“The team is his property and I am happy to say that not only he as captain. But other players also took full ownership of the team and performances,” he said.

“I have never tried to interfere in team matters although as chairman I can. And we have given Babar a free hand and he has made a good team.

“We should internally also give respect to this team. They don’t get the same respect internally that they get internationally.”

He claimed that one of the factors contributing to the team’s success was a conducive climate and effective communication.

“They will realize after a full circle completed that unless your captain is strong your team can’t move ahead. Until now I have not interfered in team issues. I just listen to what strategy they have in mind to win a series.

“A successful model is that we have given the environment to the captain. And we have kept a good communication with players. And that has led to solutions and a good feeling in the team.”

Ramiz also commended Pakistan’s opener Abdullah Shafique for his effort. He produced a fantastic 160 runs in the run chase of 344 runs.

“I think he (Abdullah) is a future superstar, in fact, he has already become a superstar. If you look at his record in Test cricket it is outstanding,” he said.

“He is a classy and temperamentally strong player and remember it is never easy to open the innings. Especially in a fourth innings run chase. But the focus and calmness with which he played is a big achievement for him.”