BJP-Influenced BCCI Marginalising Pakistan Cricket: Ramiz Raja

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja has launched a fresh attack on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Indian Cricket. Even though he was recently removed from the position of the PCB Chairman that hasn’t stopped Raja from taking a stance against Indian cricket. 

While speaking at an event in the Government College University Lahore, Raja has now said that it is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mindset of the BCCI that is affecting Pakistan Cricket.

“Unfortunately, what’s happening with India is that there is this BJP mindset over there. The properties that I had announced, be it the PJL or the Pakistan Women’s League, were done so that we could have our own money-making assets that would fund the Pakistan Cricket Board, which would take us away from the ICC’s funding, which is crucial right now,” said Raja as quoted in a report by the Indian Express.

“Our independence gets compromised because most of ICC’s resources are created in India. If India’s mindset is to marginalise Pakistan then we remain neither here nor there,” he added.

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What is right or wrong gets lost in social media reports: Raja on his PCB exit

Moreover, the former Pakistan skipper said that he had even had a word with Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board and asked them to take up leadership roles at the ICC. 

“I made my position clear on this. If the ACC has nominated us to hold an Asian tournament and if India says one fine day that we won’t go to Pakistan and the Asia Cup will also be taken from here, then all I said was that we have options too.”

Speaking about his exit from the PCB, the 60-year-old said that it was unfair that someone entered from the backdoor to take his position.

“Entering from the backdoor by bulldozing the constitution and imposing someone on the cricket board – I feel this is unfair on everyone. Everything becomes rudderless. What is right or wrong gets lost in social media reports and I feel this needs to change,” he stated.