‘Striving To Make Cricket a Strong Product’: Ramiz Raja Won’t Rest Until Pakistan Defeat Australia in Their Backyard

Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja announced on Wednesday that he is a man on a mission who will not “rest” until Pakistan becomes a world-class team and achieves the feat of defeating Australia on their home soil.

The former Pakistan captain addressed a press conference in Karachi alongside newly appointed CEO Faisal Hasnain wherein they discussed a variety of issues, including the low turnout for the recent Pakistan-West Indies series, the necessity for permanent coaches, and squad selection.

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India, who has won a Test series in Australia in 2018-19 and the tour earlier this year by a 2-1 margin, has shown the cricketing world that it is possible to defeat the mighty Aussies on their home turf. As a result, Asian touring nations like Pakistan also aim to put that feather in their cap.

Raja is focusing on the larger picture in a bid to create a cricket culture that helps alleviate the team’s status. For example, drop-in pitches have been introduced by the former Pakistan cricketer to assist Pakistani players perform better on overseas tours by simulating the conditions available there.

“We’re striving to make cricket a strong product,” Ramiz stated, as reported by Dawn. “The aim is to beat Australia in Australia.” He added, “We are a mid-tier team in Tests and ODIs and the good thing about that is that gives us a chance to experiment.”

Pakistan has never won a Test series in Australia, and the T20 World Cup in 2022 is also set to take place there. Ramiz confessed that while Pakistan had found a winning formula in T20s, Tests and ODIs were still a work in progress.

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Since the World Cup, former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has served as interim coach of the Pakistan team, with former Australian batter Matthew Hayden and former South African all-rounder Vernon Philander serving as batting and bowling consultants. Raja believes in a far more radical approach when it comes to the selection of coaches.

“Long-term coaching contracts get stuck sometimes and we’d rather hire specialists on a series-by-series basis,” he said.

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