The 60-year-old Ramiz Raja has launched a scathing attack on the new regime of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) since being sacked as the PCB chairman. Now, he has questioned the position of the newly-appointed chairman Najam Sethi on the relationship with India.
The BCCI secretary Jay Shah, last year, said that the Asia Cup 2023 will not be held in Pakistan and will be shifted to a neutral venue because India can’t travel to the country. Then PCB chairman Ramiz Raja slammed Shah for his remark and threatened to pull out of the Asia Cup if it gets shifted out of Pakistan, and the World Cup, which will be held in India.
Meanwhile, the newly-appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi, said that his administration will “go by the advice of the government”, which is the same stand as India.
However, Ramiz questioned Sethi’s leadership and said that the new cricket management committee shouldn’t bow to India’s instructions because of the power they hold in world cricket.
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“What is leadership? When Asian Cricket Council has asked Pakistan to host a tournament and then India say they won’t travel to Pakistan and shift the tournament to a neutral venue, what should be the response?” asked Raja on Pakistan’s Dunya News.
“Kya hum sab servant rahenge India k, kyunki woh ek world power hain apne hisab se. Kya hum har cheez unki mante jayenge?” (Are we servant of India just because they are a world power in cricket? Should we listen to everything they say?)
“We will think, will we get isolated, we’ll ask permission from the government then talks will move further. These are not signs of good leadership.
“The Pakistan cricket team is enjoying a great run, you have a good fan following, you have superstars, so please give your team and fans the respect they deserve.
“There should be a decision on the matter, as the tournament was given to Pakistan, so how can it be shifted to a neutral venue without consulting us or with the ACC members,” Raja concluded.
The National Coach Will Be A Foreigner – Najam Sethi
Sethi, meanwhile, has confirmed that the new head coach of the Pakistan National Cricket Team will be a foreigner. He added that they have had talks with former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, who did a good job when he was in the power.
“The national coach will be a foreigner,” Sethi said.
“Mickey is presently contracted with Derbyshire and I have spoken to him. The situation will become clear in the next 8-10 days and we have sought his advice on the new coaching setup for the team.
“When he (Arthur) was with the team, he did a lot of good work and he was responsible for pushing Babar Azam forward. He also maintained a lot of discipline and fitness in the team. I believe he will be good for the team again if he is available.”