Recently-appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ramiz Raja, has stated that Ravi Shastri and the Indian team have followed the Pakistan team’s template in recent years. This has significantly improved their domestic and international standards, as per Ramiz.
The former cricketer took over the job of the PCB chairman on September 13. He has revealed his plans to make changes at the domestic level and thereby improve its standards. So far, he hasn’t been able to do much owing to the crisis with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Pakistan is set to face-off against arch-rivals, India, on October 24 in the T20 World Cup 2021. He has been vocal about his wish to see the Men in Green defeat the Indian team. Speaking to ARY Sports, Ramiz said that Virat Kohli’s men during Ravi Shastri’s tenure have adopted strategies that were developed for the Pakistan team.
“Of late, India have adopted all good strategies of Pakistan team. And this was bound to happen as India’s head coach Ravi Shastri was always impressed with Pakistan. Ours was a very hard-working and dedicated lot, we used to take players who were less talented to 100%, and we refused to give up,” he said.
“We have to work a lot in the next 3-4 years to reach there” – Ramiz Raja
The PCB chairman further stated that the Pakistan team is far behind when compared to their neighbors. If they are to reach the same level as the Indian team, they will have to work hard over the next few years, according to Ramiz Raja.
“They have changed their model on similar lines, worked a lot on skill, the level of their first-class cricket has significantly improved, which has connected all the dots for them. We have to work on a lot of things in the next 3-4 years to reach there,” he said.
Pakistan is grouped alongside India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two more qualifiers in next month’s T20 World Cup. The qualifiers for the tournament will begin on October 17.