Former Pakistan cricket board chairman Ramiz Raja made another furious statement about his teammate and the world’s best bowling duo, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Once in their playing career, they were found guilty of the match-fixing, after which Wasim was fined and removed from the captaincy role, and Waqar was also found guilty and fined.
Talking to the media, former cricketer and former PCB chief Ramiz Raja remembered the incident and stated that if he had been on the judging panel, he would have banned the duo forever.
“No one should have had the chance to return to Pakistan cricket. If Wasim Akram’s name is in there, and he was criticized for not cooperating, right? It was a borderline case. If I were the decision maker at the time, I would’ve banned them forever,” said Ramiz.
Further talking on those issues, he mentioned that he had no choice but to work with them and was powerless. So many players were involved, and no one knew how to tackle that.
“You brought them back to the system. I wasn’t in power at the time. We were told to play with them and work with them, and that was it. No one knew how to tackle that. So many people were involved in that. I don’t know what the compulsion was,” he further added.
Further talking on the show, he was asked about his stance on the other Pakistani trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were banned after finding guilty of spot-fixing in 2010.
“Whoever is tainted, I’ve zero tolerance for it. I’m absolutely clear. People say they’ve had the punishment, move on. But I’ve experienced such situations,” Ramiz cleared his stance.
Mohammad Amir returned to the Pakistani cricket team and represented the team in the world cup. But under Ramiz’s chairmanship, the veteran pacer was never selected for the team.