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COAS applauds Pakistan cricket team’s “fighting spirit”

President Dr. Arif Alvi and COAS met the T20 World Cup team at a local hotel.— Twitter
  • The president and COAS meet with the T20 World Cup team.
  • The Army Chief of Staff says the team lifted the spirit of the nation.
  • He says there is no better player than Shadab Khan.

While meeting the national cricket team at the reception hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday, outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, applauded the “fighting spirit” of the players who, according to what he said, raised the nation.

President Dr. Arif Alvi and the COAS met the T20 World Cup team at a local hotel where the president said the team had “lived up to their reputation of being unpredictable”.

“They have done the country proud by beating the best teams on their way to the World Cup final,” President Alvi said.

While COAS said they enjoyed starters Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan batting up front, they believed Shadab Khan was the best.

“I think there is no better T20 player than Shadab Khan, who has all the tricks up his sleeve, necessary for a quality T20 player.”

Stressing the importance of hard work and the need to follow discipline, COAS praised the team, saying they had “made the country proud by leaving the multi-million dollar teams behind by reaching the final.”

He said the team’s bowlers made the matches exciting to watch. “The bowlers gave their hearts in front of a low target that was exciting to watch.”

He added that displaying a fighting spirit was more important than “winning or losing,” calling it what “matters the most.”

“Once you lose, you must have the courage to accept your defeat. He who does not learn from his mistakes cannot be called a true leader,” he said.

The COAS, which is passionate about sports and competed for the Patron Trophy in its heyday, told News who played as a goalie-batsman.

“Yes, I remember scoring a century in the Grade II Patron Trophy against PACO playing wicketkeeper-batsman.”

PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja previously praised his team for a successful run in recent months that saw the team play in the Asian Cup and World Cup finals and win the tri-nation in New Zealand.

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