In the midst of escalating talk around former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja replacing Ehsan Mani as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, cricketer Kamran Akmal has come forth to voice his support for the commentator.
In a chat with Cricket Pakistan, the wicket-keeper batsman claimed that Raja’s break from cricket commentary may be a hint towards his plans for the future.
He further said that Raja’s appointment as the chief of the cricket governing body could come as a great advantage for the players as he has previously held the position of captain of the team as well during his cricketing days.
"He hasn’t been going for commentary duties in the last couple of series and that gave us some signals for the future,” said Akmal.
“A cricketer coming in as a chairman would benefit domestic cricket. It will bring in money. There was a lot of talk about bringing in money by commercialising so that players get money. Ramiz (Raja) bhai coming in will benefit players financially. Maybe the teams might improve as well. Management might get better as well because he has been a captain himself,” he further shared.
"Cricket doesn’t improve at the international level. If you want good cricketers, you have to make them at the grassroot level. Unfortunately, no one has been paying attention to it in the recent past,” he said.
“This is why cricketers at the lower level are ignored. We have all seen how sensitive he (Ramiz Raja) is regarding cricket with his words. It is time to walk the talk now,” he added.
"He has been in the PCB in the past. He made region cricket and changed the system from division cricket. There is a new system now that was the Prime Minister’s vision. We have always heard him talking about how the team should plan, become mentally strong and develop,” he said.
“When he comes in as chairman, he will have an opportunity and would want to see how to raise the graph of our cricket team. This will happen if he makes correct decisions and looks after cricket,” he added.