Ramiz Raja Brazenly takes Indian primacy, ‘Don’t elect him as PCB Cheif’
Ramiz Raja has previously made highly disparaging remarks against Pakistan while speaking in support of India, according to former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz.
Sarfraz Nawaz has written to Imran Khan Pakistan’s Prime Minister in which he highlighted to put forward either Zaheer Abbas or Majid Khan as new PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) chairman while asking his former new-ball partner to oppose Ramiz Raja’s prospective appointment due to his past record.
The London-based Sarfraz wrote in a letter, “Reports are circulating in the media that with your approval, it has been decided to replace Ehsan Mani with Ramiz Raja as the chairman PCB. In this regard, there is no doubt that as Patron in Chief of the PCB, you have a right to appoint anyone as the Chairman PCB,”
When making a decision regarding a person, the Patron of the national institution must consider Ramiz Raja’s [mental set] and the fact that he has previously made highly insulting remarks against Pakistan while speaking in support of India, according to Sarfraz.
Sarfraz further stated, “If the news about your approval for the appointment of Ramiz Raja as next chairman PCB is true, who blatantly and shamelessly advised Pakistan to become shameless by accepting the Indian supremacy and domination in the ICC [vehemently opposed by many renowned Pakistanis] and so much so that he [Ramiz] said that we should leave aside Pakistan in surrendering before the Indian hegemonist plan to rule the cricketing world through monopoly in the ICC”
Sarfaraz concluded, “Although, you are the best judge of your decisions, but in my humble opinion highly respectable legend Majid Khan who in the past had excellent relations with all ICC board members, or Zaheer Abbas [ex-ICC president] may be appointed the next chairman of the PCB instead of Ramiz since his appointment will be against the national sentiments and also severely hurting the patriotic feelings of the entire nation.”
Ramiz had previously served as an advisor to former PCB chairman retired Lt Gen Tauqir Zia, and when Pakistan failed to qualify for the Super Six stage of the 2003 ICC World Cup, Tauqir named Ramiz as the PCB chief executive instead of showing Ramiz the door, according to Sarfraz.
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