The 37-year-old Pakistan National Cricket Team pacer Wahab Riaz has slammed the Ramiz Raja-led former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management, saying that he faced a lot of difficulties when the old regime was in charge.
Ramiz Raja, who was appointed as the 36th chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on September 13, 2021, was removed from his role on December 21, 2022, following Pakistan’s humiliating defeat in the three-match Test series against England on home soil.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sherif, who is also the patron of the board, cleared the appointment of Najam Sethi and he was handed the role of PCB chairman.
Meanwhile, the veteran Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz, who has played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is, said that the former management didn’t give enough respect to the players.
“We had a lot of difficulties with the previous board,” Wahab Riaz was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan in an interview with Samaa News.
“We were told things ‘You have no idea how difficult it is to adjust you, nobody would keep you in a team,'” Wahab said.
“That made us feel as if we’ve some loolhay langhray players who have never achieved anything in the game.”
I’m a present cricketer, I have not retired. Why did he never answer me?” – Wahab Riaz
Riaz highlighted that he has not yet retired from cricket and revealed that Ramiz Raja, who led Pakistan in five Tests and 22 ODIs, never used to respond to his calls and messages.
“I’m a present cricketer, I have not retired. Why did he never answer me?” he asked. “If people working under you aren’t happy, then that says a lot.”
The 37-year-old also feels that Pakistan captain Babar Azam was forced to make certain statements in front of the media.
“Sometimes I felt as if Babar was told to make certain statements. Babar Azam used to talk about adding experience in the team during press conferences, but in the actual team there was no experience,” he added.