LAHORE: Sarfraz Nawaz has written to Prime Minister Imran Khan to appoint both Zaheer Abbas or Majid Khan as subsequent chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), whereas urging his former new-ball accomplice towards the doable appointment of Ramiz Raja, given his previous document.
“Reports are circulating in the media that with your approval, it has been decided to replace Ehsan Mani with Ramiz Raja as the chairman PCB. In this regard, there is no doubt that as Patron in Chief of the PCB, you have a right to appoint anyone as the Chairman PCB,” the London-based Sarfraz wrote in a letter, a replica of which was additionally despatched to Daybreak.
“However, PCB is a national asset and national institution of our beloved motherland, working under the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination and audited by the Auditor General of Pakistan; and while deciding about any person, the Patron of the national institution must also be aware about what [sort of] mind set Ramiz Raja has and that he has previously uttered highly derogatory remarks against Pakistan in recent past, while speaking in favour of India.”
The outspoken additional wrote: “If the information about your approval for appointment of Ramiz Raja as subsequent chairman PCB is true, who blatantly and shamelessly suggested Pakistan to grow to be shameless by accepting the Indian supremacy and domination within the ICC [vehemently opposed by many renowned Pakistanis] and a lot in order that he [Ramiz] mentioned that we must always go away apart Pakistan in surrendering earlier than the Indian hegemonist plan to rule the cricketing world by monopoly within the ICC.
“Although, you are the best judge of your decisions, but in my humble opinion highly respectable legend Majid Khan who in the past had excellent relations with all ICC board members, or Zaheer Abbas [ex-ICC president] may be appointed the next chairman of the PCB instead of Ramiz since his appointment will be against the national sentiments and also severely hurting the patriotic feelings of the entire nation.”
Sarfraz mentioned prior to now Ramiz had acted as advisor of former PCB chairman retired Lt Gen Tauqir Zia, and when Pakistan didn’t qualify for the Tremendous Six stage of the 2003 ICC World Cup, as an alternative of exhibiting Ramiz the door, Tauqir appointed him because the PCB chief government.
Printed in Daybreak, August 23rd, 2021