Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has criticized former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar after the latter made controversial remarks about the Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam’s communication skills. During a recent TV appearance, Akhtar commented that Babar could not speak English properly, which drew heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike.
In response to Akhtar’s comments, Ramiz Raja called him a “delusional superstar” and urged him to prioritize being a human before becoming a brand. He also pointed out that former players in neighbouring countries like India do not criticize their compatriots in the same way.
“Our former players degrade our cricket brand by giving delusional statements. You will never see that happening in our neighbouring country. You will never see Sunil Gavaskar criticizing Rahul Dravid. It only happens in Pakistan, where former players don’t let others do their job professionally,” Ramiz said on Bol News.
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Furthermore, when asked about Akhtar’s aspirations to become the chairman of the PCB, Raja said that he needs to obtain a graduate degree before being eligible for the position.
“He needs to get a graduate degree first in order to become eligible for the chairmanship of PCB,” Ramiz added. Shoaib Akhtar is a former Pakistani cricketer who played for the national team from 1997 to 2011. He is known for his fast bowling and aggressive style of play. However, his career was marred by injuries, and he only played 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20Is.
Following his retirement from cricket, Akhtar has made a name for himself in the media industry by starting his own YouTube channel, where he gives unfiltered reviews on various cricket-related topics.
Ramiz Raja, on the other hand, served as the chairman of the PCB from 2003 to 2004. He is a respected commentator and analyst, known for his insightful commentary and analysis of the game. His comments about Shoaib Akhtar’s recent remarks on Babar Azam have been widely shared on social media, with many fans applauding him for speaking out against negative criticism of the Pakistan cricket team.