“Didn’t Allow Me To Take My Stuff From PCB Office”: Ramiz Raja hits out at PCB management

Written by Mohan Sharma

Former Pakistan cricketer and PCB chief Ramiz Raja has opened up on his sudden exit from the cricket board saying he has been ill-treated by the management.

“Aisa inhone hamla kiya cricket board mein aake. Mera saman bhi nahi lene diya inlogo ne. Subah yeh 9 baje, 17 bande dhandate fir rahe they cricket board mein. Jaise ki koi FIA ka chapa par gaya. (They attacked the cricket board (office) and did not even let me collect my belongings. Early morning at 9 around 17 guys stormed into the office, which felt as if the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan has raided the office),” said Raja in his Youtube channel video on Monday.

Raja and his Board were recently ousted by the Pakistani government after the PCB’s 2019 constitution was revoked and a 14-member committee chaired by Sethi was given full executive authority to work on restoring the department structure, which had been eliminated in 2019 after Imran Khan was elected as the nation’s prime minister (the PM of Pakistan is the PCB’s patron-in-chief).

Hitting out at new PCB Management Committee chief Nazam Sethi, Raja said, “We have seen how laws and constitution been changed to adjust one man in the system. Nazam Sethi tweeted at 2.30 in the night announcing my exit and his arrival as if he is some messiah who will change the cricket overnight. I have been a Test player and I know the game. It’s my playing field.

“Former players who have been on key posts have been removed unceremoniously to adjust this man and his thugs. I have never seen this happening anywhere in the world.”

Meanwhile, the PCB Management Committee chairperson Najam Sethi held at a meeting at the National Stadium Karachi on Monday. Former players like Javed Miandad, Wasim Bari, Tauseef Ahmed, and Sadiq Mohammad were present in the meeting.

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