Former Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Salman Butt has taken a dig at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja after the latter’s recent comments on the Rawalpindi pitch.
The first Test of the three-match series between Pakistan and England was played at the extremely flat Rawalpindi track that had nothing for bowlers. Also, the Rawalpindi deck received a “below average” rating from Andy Pycroft, who is a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
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On Day 1 of the third Test, Raja was asked to share his take on the Rawalpindi deck receiving a “below average” rating.
“If you look at the pitches, both Pakistan matches produced results. Move on from this narrative. This gives us negative headlines. Our cricket has become a brand and we should take care of it. If you want to spread negativity there are 10,000 other things. We are working on it now and you should have some patience,” Ramiz told the reports.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Butt reacted to the PCB chairman’s statement and said:
“I think that more than negativity, there is incompetence. Work on it and give importance to merit; bringing deserving people would be better. When you are useless, you say there is negativity. When you do good work, things will be positive. If you don’t know how to work, better accept it.”
Notably, speculations are going around that Ramiz Raja could be soon sacked as PCB chairman and Najam Sethi would replace him in the role.
Our focus is T20 cricket – Salman Butt
Butt further slammed the Ramiz Raja-led Pakistan Cricket Board, saying that their primary focus is on T20 cricket. He said:
“Test cricket is not our priority; our focus is T20 cricket. Schools and clubs are also only focusing on it. Those who need to work on it are the ones who are mostly engaged in it.”
He further talked about Team Pakistan’s performance in the ongoing Karachi Test against England. He said:
“Bowlers scored runs. Pakistan had a chance to bowl out England early, which they couldn’t because the bowling department was inexperienced. So, you will have problems with experienced teams.”