Wasim Akram speaks up about Ramiz Raja’s sudden exit from PCB. Former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja stepped down in December and was replaced by Najam Sethi.
Wasim Akram, former Pakistan captain and great bowler, made a fairly harsh comment about his 1992 World Cup-winning colleague Ramiz Raja. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) underwent a managerial upheaval in December, with the likes of the former PCB chairman given the door.
When asked about his former teammate’s term on the highest cricket body after his dismissal, Akram did not mince words and made a harsh declaration. In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, the speed legend spoke at length on the new board and Ramiz’s departure.
“The Pakistani board of directors changed. You mentioned Najam Sethi; Ramiz Raja was dismiss. “How do you think Ramiz Raja is doing as PCB chairman?” enquired the reporter.
“Who? I don’t want to talk about it. Vo (Ramiz Raja) aaya tha 6 din ke liye, ab vo vaapis aa gaya hai apni jagah pe. (He came here for six days and is now back home),” Akram was quote as saying by the Hindustan Times.
It is absurd to believe that only cricketers should serve as PCB chairman: Wasim Akram
The apex board constituted a 14-member committee chaired by Najam Sethi after presenting Ramiz the departure doors. Wasim went on to say that the newly chosen chairman is built for the job and that ‘cricketers should not be PCB chairman’.
“Najam Sethi has expertise, and the idea that only cricketers should be PCB chairman is absurd. You must be an effective administrator as well as a strong communicator and create a positive reputation with other boards. Najam Sethi sahab is unrivaled in this regard. I don’t mind if others disagree. That is my view “He went on to say.
Following the management change, Najam Sethi announced Mickey Arthur’s return as Pakistan’s head coach at a press conference on Monday, January 23. Sethi also named former batter Haroon Rasheed as the head of the national selection committee, succeeding Shahid Afridi, who held the position on an interim basis before.