Ramiz Raja wants Pakistan Test team to have a new captain: reports

10:03 AM | 9 Sep, 2021
Ramiz Raja wants Pakistan Test team to have a new captain: reports

KARACHI – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman-to-be Ramiz Raja is reportedly looking for a new captain to lead the cricket team in the longer format, local media reported.

Reports quoting sources said be Ramiz Raja, who was recently nominated to the post of PCB Board of Governors, has expressed the desire to replace Babar in the longer format saying he wants to improve the country’s Test ranking.

The famed commentator said Pakistan has the potential to improve its ranking in Test cricket while some of the reports claim that Raja had changed the T20 World Cup squad in consultation with the chief selector – without taking Babar Azam's suggestions.

It added that the skipper wanted Sharjeel Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Fahim Ashraf, and Usman Qadir in the squad but Ramiz had them removed and replaced them with Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Khushdal Shah, and Sohaib Maqsood.

It was reported that Babar was not happy with Azam Khan and Sohaib Maqsood's inclusion in Pakistan's T20 squad.

Following the reports, Pakistan cricket board CEO Wasim Khan on Wednesday came forward to clear the air. Negating the reports, he said Babar Azam is ‘fully behind’ the direction being taken by the board.

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"It has come to our notice that factually incorrect reports are circulating about the Pakistan national squad environment," his statement reads.

Khan also termed Ramiz’s meeting with some of the players, as a 'healthy and positive’ interaction. He had said that during the meeting, a consensus was formed on the brand of cricket that needs to be played in the upcoming series and beyond.

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