All is not well with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The cricket governing body in the South Asian country faced a major setback after New Zealand and England cancelled their scheduled cricket tour of the nation. While New Zealand had cited security concerns as the reason behind pulling out of the tour, England conveyed that they wanted to take care of the health of their players.
The abandonment of tours by these countries is set to impact not only the financial aspect of things for the cricket board but will be a major dent in the morale of the organisation. Amid all this former Pakistan cricketer and the chairman of the PCB Ramiz Raja has criticised the two countries for their decision to cancel the series after giving their commitment to it.
While the fans in the country were clearly disappointed with the decision, things escalated when a few politicians and ministers from Pakistan accused India's involvement in the cancellation of these tours of Pakistan.
We wish Ramiz Raja good luck: BCCI official
Answering all such allegations a BCCI official told news agency IANS that Pakistan Board always tends to drag India's name in all their matters without any evidence and the same is the case this time.
"We wish Ramiz Raja good luck…Pakistan cricket reaches new heights under him. We want to clear one thing that the BCCI has no role in the cancellation of England and New Zealand tours to Pakistan," the BCCI official was quoted as saying in this report.
"We don't have time for all this…And also, I don't know why some ex-Pakistan players are cursing the IPL (Indian Premier League) for no reason? I read somewhere that Raja said that the Aussie players have even changed their DNA for the sake of the money they make by playing in the IPL. He accused Aussies of playing happily against India without their usual aggressive approach," the official added.
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan are set to go head to head on October 24 in the upcoming Men's T20 World Cup. The match is set to be played at the Dubai International Stadium and will be a huge game since the two countries do not play each other in bilateral arrangements anymore due to their strained political relationship.