He said it was illegal to run face-saving campaign from public taxes.
Rizwan and Ashraf provided a face-saving partnership for Pakistan with 107 for the seventh wicket before the former was run out for 71 by a smart underarm throw from Mitchell Santner at square leg.
We have since fallen in behind it but it will be a face-saving withdrawal.
However all western media portrays this as face saving solution for China.
But Jan Longeval, an analyst at Banque Degroof in Brussels, sees a face-saving way out.
Like flare-ups in the eurozone before, I believe a face-saving agreement will be found.