‘Like you, I too am defeating cricketers these days’ – PM Nawaz pays tribute to national side


ISLAMABAD – Hosting a ceremony in honour of the national cricketers after the team won country’s maiden Champions Trophy 2017 last month, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he too is defeating cricketers these days.

“The fields change but a true cricketer remains the same,” Nawaz said in his address to the cricket team. “I can understand exactly how you feel, trust me. Perhaps even more than you I know how good it feels to beat cricketers.”

While addressing the ceremony, PM Nawaz said that the national cricketers are the “leaders” of the country who made the nation proud of their achievement.

“And hence it is only logical that the head of government is the finest cricketer in the country, and in turn the biggest winner.”

The premier said that it was his desire to meet the national heroes. “There is only so many times one can host a ceremony in honour of oneself,” he added.

Recalling his youthful days, PM Nawaz said that there was no cricket ground in his locality where he grew up and so he decided to make politics his ground.

However, he said that he never liked a bouncer from any bowler and would play him for a boundary.

“Fast bowlers are scared of me. They were scared of me in the 70s and 80s. They were scared in 2013 and they will be scared in 2018.”

Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, while addressing the gathering, also said he is enjoying being on the winning side. The sentiment was echoed by PCB Chief Executive Najam Sethi on the sidelines of the event.