If reports are to be believed, then it is very likely that Ramiz Raja will resign from the post of PCB Chairman soon. A source from Pakistan who is close to the developments in PCB said that Raja came into the PCB set up only on the insistence of Imran Khan, under whom Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup, the team of Raja was the part of. On the 9th of April, the no-trust voting resulted in the ouster of the PM Imran Khan and there are many who believed that the new PM may ask Ramiz Raja to resign from the post and bring back Najam Sethi into PCB. Sethi was the chairman but resigned shortly after Imran Khan came into power.
“Ramiz was well set in a career as commentator, TV personality and expert and was busy with assignments. But on Imran’s insistence he agreed to put aside all his media contacts and become chairman of the board,” the source said.
Ramiz Raja overhauled PCB with resignations from previous staff and coaches
There was no doubt that Raja would bring some changes if he was appointed as the chairman. He did so and asked for resignation from the bowling coach and head coach Waqar Younis and Misbah Ul Haq. He also made Wasim Khan from the post of CEO and brought along interim coaches like Matthew Hayden, Vernon Philanderer, and Saqlain Mushtaq under whom the Pakistan team looked like a completely different team from their usual self and played fearless cricket.
Raja also bought two drop-in pitches from Australia in order to inject life into the flat dead tracks of Pakistan so that domestic cricket could be more competitive. The drop-in pitches were also bought for helping the Pakistani batters to acclimatize to the foreign wicket.
“Ramiz had also made it clear to the PM that he would only remain in the Board until he (Imran Khan) was PM.” the source said
Raja’s biggest achievement would probably be the inaugural victory of Pakistan over India in the World cup encounters when the Men in Green chased down 152 runs in the 2021 T20 World Cup group match without losing any wicket.
In the recently conducted series against the Australians, Raja had stated that the PCB will likely make a profit of close to 2 billion US dollars. The Pakistan team does not have any international or domestic assignments until June.