New Delhi. Legendary Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has shared his first reaction after announcing former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The 1992 World Cup winner, along with the Green Army nominated by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, was unanimously elected President of the Pakistan Cricket Board ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Ramiz replaces Raja Ehsan Mani, who resigned as PCB chief in August on a three-year contract.
Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has often been a vocal critic of the PCB and its members. He spoke at length about Ramiz Raja’s recent speech at the Pakistan Cricket Board headquarters. Speaking on his first day as chairman of the PCB office, Raja said he was “a bit confused”.
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Shoaib Akhtar, who was involved in the discussion on the cricket show ‘Game on Hai’, requested Ramiz Raja not to dismiss Babar Azam from the captaincy. He said, “I felt that he was a bit confused when he was giving the talk and talking about something. He wants Babar to emulate Imran Khan and then he also wants him to keep an eye on the captain. He wants to investigate them, which will not allow Babur to be a fearless captain. “
Ramiz Raja previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board from 2003 to 2004. Akhtar said, “From what I have seen, Ramiz will be tough on Babar Azam and try to make him tough. But my humble request, please do not remove him from the captaincy.” Babar will lead Pakistan in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20. Azam.
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Former Pakistan fast bowler Akhtar had earlier taunted the PCB over the recent squad announcement by the Pakistan board for the World Twenty20. He added, “Ramiz Bhai means good for Pakistan cricket, but he has to stay calm. Giving the media a ‘tight at’ to criticize his role is not really a good idea. “
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