Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former England spinner Monty Panesar took a dig at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for complaining about the ‘boorish behaviour of Ahmedabad crowd during their match against arch-rival India in the ODI World Cup 2023.

The Green Army’s winning streak in the ongoing World Cup came to an end at the hands of Men in Blue, after they suffered a seven wicket defeat last Saturday.

As per Panesar, if Pakistan had won the match, it would not have been this big issue and it is just a matter of victory or defeat.

“Pakistan has the strongest bowling line-up but the pressure of the ICC tournament got to them. Big players freeze under such pressure so you need to have courage,” said Panesar.

Notably, after suffering the humiliating defeat, Pakistan’s team director Mickey Arthur had expressed his dissatisfaction with the partisan crowd.

“Look, I’d be lying if I said it did. It didn’t seem like an ICC event to be brutally honest. It seemed like a bilateral series; it seemed like a BCCI event. I didn’t hear Dil Dil Pakistan coming through the microphones too often tonight,” Arthur had said.

The Men in Green will look to bounce back from the defeat to India in their next World Cup clash against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.