Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja termed Pakistan’s clash against India in the T20 World Cup as the show stopper. He also hoped that Babar Azam and co. can finally break the World Cup jinx against India. So far in the ICC World Cups, Pakistan has played India 12 twelve times and lost in every single game.
Team India and Pakistan begin their quest for a second T20 World Cup title when they face off against each other in the upcoming ICC event. Recently elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Ramiz Raja, hoped that his side can perform well against their arch-rivals.
“It is a show stopper and when I met with the Pakistan team players I told them I want the tables to be turned this time and the team must be 100 percent operational for the match and to do well in it,” he said.
On questioned whether it’s feasible to have a bilateral series between the two sides in the near future, Ramiz said it’s impossible because of the mixture of sports and politics.
“Impossible right now… because the sporting model has been spoiled by politics and right now it is a status quo and we are not in a hurry on this issue because we have to focus on our domestic and local cricket,” Ramiz added.
Ramiz Raja wants Pakistan to play fearless cricket
Upon being elected, Ramiz Raja said that his first aim is to make Pakistan ‘relevant’ in world cricket. His vision relies upon Babar’s men playing a fearless brand of cricket, something that England has done under Eoin Morgan post the 2015 World Cup era.
“We must be prepared to face problems and also lose matches but I have told the players they shouldn’t worry about being secure about their places in the team and play fearless cricket.”
“I know we will face more failures than success when we go on this path but we have to do it if we are to become relevant in world cricket. Because this is a process and we need to change the mindset of our players as well,” Ramiz concluded.
Ramiz Raja was unanimously voted as the PCB chairman on September 13. He replaces Ehsan Mani at the helm of Pakistan cricket. He had previously worked as a chief executive in the PCB from 2003-04.