Lahore: Newly-appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja has categorically said that Pakistan will not run behind arch-rival India to play bilateral cricket.
The 59-year-old Ramiz addressed for the first time after he was elected unopposed as the chairman earlier today. Ramiz opined on different matters in an hour-long press conference at the National High-Performance Center (NHPC) in Lahore.
“We will not run behind India to play series with us,” Ramiz answered. “Immediate series talks with India is impossible as due to politics, sporting event is damaged. Our main focus is to address problems at the domestic, club and school level,” he added.
On the other hand, Ramiz was furious after the ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand were not part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League due to unavailability of DRS.
“I was also hurt after I got to know this. It is quite a mess and there is no denial on this, I will talk on this and determine who is responsible,” he added.
Ramiz emphasized that he was not behind the removal of Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis as coaches because it happened during the previous tenure.
“The decision to accept the resignations of Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis was taken by the previous board but If I had talked to them, I would have talked to them on these lines too,” he added.