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'India ko hazam nahi hua ki Pakistan kaise aage nikal gaya': Ramiz Raja makes explosive claim

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 December 2022, 14:00 IST
Ramiz Raja

Pakistan Cricket Board underwent a series of changes earlier this month as Ramiz Raja was discharge from his position, with Najam Sethi taking over the role. Further, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was also named the interim chief selector with fellow former cricketers Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum joining the former Pakistan captain in the panel.

The changes came after Pakistan experienced a 0-3 whitewash to England in the home Test series in November-December; this was Pakistan's second home loss in the red all cricket this year – they experienced a 0-1 loss to Australia in March.

During Ramiz Raja's term as the PCB chief, Pakistan had reached the semi-finals of the 2021 T20 World Cup, and final of the 2022 edition of the marquee event. Further, Pakistan had also reached the final in the Asia Cup earlier this year; however, Pakistan could not clear the final hurdle in any of the tournaments.

The former PCB chief, however, insisted that Pakistan's performances were “outstanding” in ODIs and T20s and that it was their side that forced India to make wholesale changes in their cricketing structure.

“We gave outstanding performances in white-ball cricket. We played the Asia Cup final, India didn't play that. India, a billion-dollar industry, was left behind. Tod phod hui, unhone apna chief selector, selection committee fire kar di, captain badal diye kyunki unko hazam nahi hua ki Pakistan unse kaise aage nikal gaya. (They fired their chief selector, selection committee, changed the captain because they couldn't digest how Pakistan went ahead of them),” Ramiz told Suno TV.

Speaking about his own fate as PCB chief, Ramiz Raja said, “This is just like France firing their entire board even after they played in the FIFA World Cup final.”

The former PCB chief also said that he empowered Babar Azam that led to captain's strong performances with the side. “I tried my level best to keep this team united. I empowered Babar Azam. Cricket is one of those rare sports where captaincy is relevant. If your captain is powerful, results will come, and we have given results,” said Ramiz.

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First published: 29 December 2022, 14:00 IST