If former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has his approach, he can have the nation’s tainted cricketers “open grocery stores”.
Ramiz hit out on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for reintegrating gamers corresponding to Mohammad Amir, who has served jail time and an extended ban from the sport for involvement in spot-fixing, into the nationwide crew setup.
“You ask me I would say these tainted cricketers should open their grocery shops,” he mentioned.
The former opener felt permitting tainted gamers again into the game has broken Pakistan cricket.
“I have no doubt that giving concession to big names also damaged Pakistan cricket,” he mentioned, referring to Amir.
Ramiz mentioned he was involved that the selectors will not be capable of finding replacements for tainted gamers.
“There is once again talks of redrafting Sharjeel Khan into the team which is not right and can damage Pakistan cricket,” he mentioned.
Ramiz felt that Pakistan cricket has already suffered sufficient due to the board’s indecisive coverage on gamers who’re discovered responsible of corruption.
He praised batsman Babar Azam and mentioned he’s a world-class participant, however wants a conducive environment to specific himself.
“There is no doubt about Babar Azam’s ability, he is a world-class player,” mentioned Ramiz.
“When people ask me about comparison between Babar Azam with the likes of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith I would say he can do even better than Kohli but he needs a conducive atmosphere and the freedom to express himself more as a player and as captain.”
He additionally suggested Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq to financial institution on kids within the T20 format.
“I have nothing personal against Muhammad Hafeez or Shoaib Malik who are senior players and have served the country for a long time. But I think now the selectors need to think about replacing them with youngsters and groom them properly.”
Ramiz mentioned T20 is a format for kids and Pakistani selectors have been insisting on choosing the tried-and-examined seniors in current instances.