Ousted PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja blasts Najam Sethi and his associates for taking over Pakistan Cricket Board.
Ramiz Raja has expressed his anguish at being replaced as PCB Chairman. He criticized the political interference in PCB to accommodate Najam Sethi and his ‘thugs’. Najam Sethi replaced Ramiz Raja as the new PCB Chairman last week after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a top-level change in the cricket board. PM Shehbaz Sharif had appointed a 14-member committee to run the affairs of PCB under the supervision of Najam Sethi till the next elections are held in the next four months to elect a new chairman.
The cricket regime headed by Ramiz Raja @iramizraja is no more. The 2014 PCB constitution stands restored. The Management Committee will work tirelessly to revive first class cricket. Thousands of cricketers will be employed again. The famine in cricket will come to an end.
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) December 21, 2022
Ramiz Raja is back on his YouTube channel and uploaded a video on his channel titled ‘Ask Ramiz’. In his video, Ramiz said that there should be no involvement of politics in cricket. Adding that the game of cricket is for the cricketers. People should not be brought from outside to run the affairs of PCB who “come and attack [you] and think the work you are doing is not right”.
“You changed the entire [PCB] Constitution to bring in one person, Najam Sethi, and to adjust him. I’ve never seen this anywhere else in the world,” said Ramiz.
The former cricketer added that there is a way to bring change. They removed Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim in the middle of the cricket season when teams were coming to play in Pakistan. “You bid farewell to people with respect. He (Sethi) was tweeting at 2:15 am that Ramiz Raja is out and people should congratulate him,” said Ramiz.
He added that they came into the PCB as if FIA have come for the raid, adding that they did not even let him take his belongings from the office.
Since his removal, Ramiz Raja has been appearing in TV shows to stage his protest.