Wasim Akram minces no words when it comes to speaking about cricket in Pakistan. The former Pakistani speedster has accused the outgoing Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja of poor management and taking bad decisions. Akram referred to Raja as "a kid who came to operate cricket, but was forced to go back to his place."
Interestingly, Akram's attack against Raja comes days after the former PCB chief had spoken against him and Waqar Younis.
What Akram said: Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, Akram said: "He came for six days, now he is back to his original place. Najam Sethi has experience. I think it is a wrong concept, that cricketers should be the chairman of the PCB. It is an administrative job, so you need to have proper communication with the boards. Najam Sethi is the right man for the job. I don't care if people get angry."
The 56-year-old also cited the instance few days back when Ramiz Raja had refused to send the Pakistan cricket team to India if the Indian cricket board BCCI refuses to send the Indian team to play Pakistan in the Asia Cup.
Akram said that Najam Sethi gave a very sensible answer on this. He said: "It all depends on approval from both the governments. You have to talk properly (with boards). This is not gully cricket, that if you don't come, we will also not go to your country. I don't understand who are these kids, who come and run cricket in Pakistan."
Why the two dislike each other? The sudden outburst of Wasim Akram on Ramiz Raja hasn't just come out in the heat of the moment. The two have been cold towards each other since their cricketing days.
Raja's attack against Akram: Ramiz Raja's comment on Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis might have been the trigger for all of this. In December 2022, while speaking to Samaa TV, Ramiz Raja had said that had he been in power, he would have thrown both Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis out from the Pakistan team after their names were found in Justice Qayyum's report on match fixing in 2000.
Why former Pakistan cricketers speak against each other? The cricketing affairs of the PCB is the main reason why cricketers speak against each other. Ramiz Raja was elevated as PCB chief under the government of Imran Khan, while under Shehbaz Sharif, Najam Sethi is made the PCB chief and Raja was shown the door.