After World Cup humiliation, Ramiz Raja criticizes PCB

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As a result of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s humiliating performance during the 2023 World Cup, the renowned commentator and ex-skipper Ramiz Raja has censured the organization.

As a result of their failure to restrict England to a low total, the Babar Azam-led side was eliminated from the World Cup for failing to reach the target in the required overs to make sure they were ahead of New Zealand in net run rate (NRR) so they could progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.

Despite the fact that the national team did not end their tournament on a high note as they were defeated by the defending champions by 93 runs in their last-round match and were bowled out for 244 runs while chasing the English target of 338 runs.

As he mentioned in a video posted on his YouTube channel, the former chairman of the PCB asked: “If you make it a habit to not take wickets with the new ball and make it an expensive game, how would Babar go about captaining then?”

There have been some recent rumors that the PCB are going to gather some former cricketers and ask them what they think should be done about cricket? Who elected them to lead the board? Is their job just to huddle together and change the captain and the coaching staff and everyone will think they have taken a major step forward?

In addition to criticizing the newly-appointed interim chief selector Tauseef Ahmed for the process of leaking news and giving statements at a big event, the ex-cricket player also demanded that the practice of leaking news and giving statements during major events be put an end to.

If Pakistani cricket does not grow based on passion and dedication, then we will not be able to accomplish even an inch of progress in the sport. You need to change yourself and your attitude. You have to stop leaks of news to your favourite journalists,” he said.

There is no doubt that your new chief selector has some experience in selection, but just look at how he has often referred to Babar and [Mohammed] Rizwan in his old clips; do you really think that you are going to let your cricket progress by appointing a 70-year-old who doesn’t know anything about the selection process?

There was then a discussion between the 1992 World Cup winner and the Pakistan cricket board about Pakistan cricket collapsing as well as local club problems.

The Pakistan cricket team has collapsed. During club matches, spikes cannot be used in any form of bat, bowl, or field, and the grounds where clubs practice are often given over to companies so basketball games can be played, which is a source of income for them.

According to him, the entire system needs to change, and the board itself must change first, before anything else.

As you may already know, Pakistan’s World Cup campaign ended with eight points out of a possible 18, with the Men in Green claiming victories in four games, and losing five.

For the fifth time in this century, Pakistan has failed to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals, as their last appearance in the World Cup semi-finals was during the 2011 World Cup when they lost to India in the semi-final match.

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