The last few days have been quite dramatic and controversial in world of cricket. It had all started when New Zealand decided to cancel their tour of Pakistan minutes before the first ODI in Rawalpindi citing security concerns. It was a major setback for PCB who were then counting on England men's and women's teams to come to the country for the scheduled tour.
In an unfortunate sequence of events, ECB also decided to pull out of the series resulting in lot of financial losses for PCB. The relationship between the two boards also deteriorated as a result and it was always going to be interesting to see how things unfold in the coming days. Although the issue had eased down a bit in last few days from the outside, it looks like there was still quite a lot of stuff happening behind the scene.
ECB Chief has resigned: Ramiz Raja
As it turns out, ECB chairman Ian Watmore resigned from his post with immediate effect on Thursday claiming that work was taking a personal toll on him. He said, "It is with regret that I step down as Chair of the ECB, but I do so in mindfulness of my own wellbeing and that of the game which I love. I was appointed to the post in a pre-pandemic era, but Covid has meant the role and its demands on time are dramatically different to all our original expectations, which has taken a personal toll on me.
Just when the news was out, a shocking tweet was made from Ramiz Raja's Twitter account which stated, "BREAKING: ECB Chief has resigned."
A post like this coming from chairman of cricket board wasn't an acceptable thing as fans were expectedly not happy with him. For the netizens, it seemed like that the ongoing controversy between ECB and PCB had a role to play behind that instant tweet.
Ramiz Raja apologizes for erroneous tweet
After receiving backlash from the public, the 59-year-old deleted his tweet and apologized to everyone. He stated, "The earlier tweet was erroneously put on my Twitter account. Apologies."
Whether it was intentional or unintentional, one can clearly say that it did bring PCB in the bad light amid the ongoing controversy.