The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja has lashed out at the Australian cricket board and made controversial remarks against the players for playing in India’s cash-rich T20 tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL).
He alleged that Australians are playing ‘happily’ against India and refrain from playing in their usual aggressive approach against them. He went on to say that the Aussies have ‘changed their DNA for money’. Furthermore, he opined that there is an increased pressure on international players to save their IPL contracts.
“Australians have changed their DNA because of money, they play against India happily and without an aggressive approach. International cricketers have pressure as now they want to save their IPL contracts where they receive a lot of money plus add-ons,” Raja was quoted as saying to ARY News.
Ramiz Raja also highly condemned the England and New Zealand cricket boards for cancelling their games against Pakistan. New Zealand called off their entire limited-overs tour of Pakistan minutes before the opening game of their tour in Rawalpindi citing security reasons. This was then followed by England’s cancellation of their Pakistan tour. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have called off both Men’s and Women’s upcoming tour of Pakistan scheduled next month.
“New Zealand ran away and England followed the same suit. They both have done wrong against us,” said Raja.
The PCB Chairman revealed that Pakistan PM Imran Khan had expressed his disappointment with the decision of the two nations. He admitted that they did nothing wrong and need not give any more explanations to anyone.
“They did wrong over not touring but it’s their choice. We don’t have to give more explanations as it is not our mistake, they are at a loss,” said Ramiz Raja about what Khan told him.
The 59-year old represented Pakistan in 255 international matches, from 1984 to 1997, scoring 8,674 runs. Post his retirement, he took up commentary and also served as the CEO of the board under the chairmanship of Shahryar Khan from 2003-2004. He replaced Ehsan Mani earlier this month to take up the throne as the Chairman of PCB.
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