Ramiz Raja stepped down as the PCB chief after Pakistan was whitewashed 0-3 at home in a Test series against England. This was their second Test series defeat at home after Australia beat them 1-0 earlier this year in March. Raja won the PCB election unopposed for a three-year term but stepped down within 15 months of assuming the position.
Najam Sethi has taken over as the 37th chairman of the PCB. Shahid Afridi was named as the interim chief selector with Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum joining the former Pakistan captain in the panel. The changes came after Pakistan’s series defeat against England. Currently, the Men in Green are playing a Test series against New Zealand at home. The first Test is underway in Karachi having started on December 26.
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Pakistan tasted success in white-ball cricket during Raja’s tenure making the knockouts of the T20 World Cup twice. In 2021 they lost the semi-final to Australia while in 2022 they lost the final to England. Pakistan registered their first win over India in T20 World Cup under him in 2021.
We Played The Asia Cup Final, India Didn’t: Ramiz Raja
Meanwhile, after being sacked as the PCB chief Ramiz Raja has said some very controversial comments about the BCCI and the Indian cricket team. He took a dig at Team India failing to reach the final of the Asia Cup.
“We gave outstanding performances in white-ball cricket. We played the Asia Cup final, India didn’t play that. India, a billion-dollar industry, was left behind. Tod phod hui, unhone apna chief selector, selection committee fire kar di, captain badal diye kyunki unko hazam nahi hua ki Pakistan unse kaise aage nikal gaya. (They fired their chief selector, selection committee, changed the captain because they couldn’t digest how Pakistan went ahead of them),” Ramiz told Suno TV.
Ramiz Raja further spoke about his tenure as the PCB chief. He spoke about the support he provided Babar Azam across formats that led him to be counted as one of the strongest captains of the country.
I Empowered Babar Azam: Ramiz Raja
“I tried my level best to keep this team united. I empowered Babar Azam. Cricket is one of those rare sports where captaincy is relevant. If your captain is powerful, results will come, and we have given results,” said Ramiz.
“This is just like France firing their entire board even after they played in the FIFA World Cup final” Raja said summing up his tenure as PCB Chief.