Afridi reacts to Ramiz Raja’s appointment as PCB chairman
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Former all-rounder Shahid Afridi has opened up about ex-captain Ramiz Raja’s appointment as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s chairman. While speaking to media in Karachi, Afridi urged Raja to persist with the current system rather than bringing in wholesale changes. “He [Ramiz Raja] will be the first PCB chairman whom I have congratulated via a text. I really want him to take Pakistan cricket forward. I just suggested him not to change the current PCB system. Because, I believe every system needs some time to deliver results, changing it immediately will cause problems,” said Afridi. “PCB Chairman should be a capable person as Ramiz Raja is but the main decision for him will be to take on people who have sincere intentions for this country and PCB, and are good quality professionals. Only such people can run an institution like PCB where capable people are appointed based on merit. With such people in place, the PCB will rise to greater heights,” he added. He also advised Raja to avoid taking decisions based on personal likes and dislikes. “When you get to such a position [as Chairman] you make decisions for the good of the organization and not based on personal likes or dislikes, some of these decisions will be appreciated and others not so,” he said. He also backed all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik’s inclusion in this year’s T20 World Cup squad. “We tried a lot of things when it comes to team selection, where we tried out and gave chances to young players from whom we had a lot of expectations but they couldn’t perform. This is the last time Shoaib Malik will play in an ICC World Cup, so let’s give him chance,” he said.