‘Can’t rely on ICC, will make PCB financially strong’ chairman Ramiz Raja

KARACHI: Chairman Ramiz Raja said he has strong plans to make the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) financially strong. 

While talking to the media after meeting businessman Arif Habib, Ramiz said PCB needs the corporate sector’s help for growth.

“I believe we need the corporate sector in cricket for healthy growth. The purpose of meeting businessmen is the same, involving the corporate sector in the game. I have strong plans to make PCB financially strong, we just need assistance and direction to make things fall on the right track,” he said.

“Cricket has now become money swinger. If you have money, you have a say in the world. We can’t just rely on the ICC, we need to build ourselves financially so strong,” he added.

Ramiz said England and New Zealand’s withdrawal from the Pakistan tour shook him and he immediately decided to make some tough calls.

“What New Zealand and England did, really made me think again. How far will we remain on backfoot? There is a need to make ourselves financially strong otherwise our cricket will go backward,” he maintained.

Ramiz is currently on his first tour to Karachi after becoming PCB chairman. He met top businessmen within two days, seeking financial support from corporate sectors for the promotion and development of cricket in the country.

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