Former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja said that the Babar Azam-led Pakistan cricket team is extremely inconsistent with their performance.
Pakistan cricket team are currently ranked sixth in ODIs, fifth in Test cricket and fourth in T20 Internationals. They won their only T20I match against West Indies with the rest of the matches were washed away due to rain.
Pakistan lost to England in T20Is, despite holding an advantage of a 1-0 lead in the first game just after being whitewashed 3-0 by the hosts’ second-string team.
Ramiz Raja met PM Imran Khan to discuss Pakistan cricket team’s roadmap
Ramiz Raja, who is likely to replace Pakistan Cricket Board’s incumbent chairman Ehsan Mani, met the country’s Prime Minister and former captain, Imran Khan to discuss the roadmap of how the team can progress in the coming days.
“I did meet with the PM and presented him with a roadmap for how Pakistan cricket can go forward. It was a cricket-centric discussion on the problems Pakistan cricket is facing and what possible steps can be taken to improve the overall performance. I am glad he called me up and heard me out. He is concerned about the state of cricket overall and is open to discussion,” Ramiz Raja was quoted saying by ESPNcricinfo.
ICC ranking in each format reflects that Pakistan cannot make it into the final of tournaments: Ramiz Raja
Pakistan are clubbed with arch-rivals India in Group two of the ICC T20 World Cup and both teams will play against each other on October 24. New Zealand, Afghanistan and two more teams (that will qualify in the qualifiers stage) are slotted in Group 2 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Pakistan missed the 2019 World Cup’s semi-final spot to New Zealand, owing to an inferior net run rate and Ramiz Raja feels they have the chance of playing in the T20 World Cup semis.
“Pakistan has been extremely inconsistent and, let’s be fair, that the (ICC) ranking in each format reflects that Pakistan cannot make it into the final of tournaments,” Ramiz Raja said.
“The only chance they have is to play the semi-final in T20 format while considering the ODI and Test format it’s hard for them to go past the pool stage. So I have updated him on things on the cricketing front. We had a productive meeting and it is now his call on how to proceed,” he added.
Ehsan Mani’s tenure as PCB’s president expires on August 25 and there is a possibility of him extending for a year further.