The 60-year-old Ramiz Raja, who was recently sacked as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has made a blunt remark on bowling greats – Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis – while referring to a Justice Qayyum’s report on match-fixing.
Notably, the legendary pacers Akram and Waqar were the leading figures in Justice Qayyum’s report and they were fined after the report was made public. Akram was even sacked as the captain. However, they both made a comeback in Pakistan cricket as coaches.
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Speaking to Samaa TV, Ramiz said that had he been in the power, he would have definitely banned Akram and Waqar from returning to Pakistan cricket.
“I think no one should have had the chance (of coming back to Pakistan cricket). If Wasim Akram’s name is in there, and he was censured for not cooperating, right? It was a borderline case. If I was the decision maker at the time, I would’ve banned them forever,” said the former PCB chairman.
We were told to play with them and work with them – Ramiz Raja
The former PCB chairman added that they were told to work with Akram and Waqar and he couldn’t do anything because he wasn’t in the power.
“You brought them back to the system. I wasn’t in power at the time. We were told to play with them and work with them, and that was it. No one knew how to tackle that. So many people were involved in that. I don’t know what the compulsion was,” he said.
Ramiz was also asked if his stance remains the same on Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, and Mohammad Asif, who were banned after spot-fixing charges in 2010.
“Whoever is tainted, I’ve zero tolerance on it.
“I’m absolutely clear. People say they’ve had the punishment, move on. But I’ve experienced such situations,” said Ramiz.