ISLAMABAD: In an unusual statement, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja revealed on Monday that he has received death threats both inside and outside the country.
While briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) which met here in Parliament, Ramiz said that due to the death threats, a bulletproof vehicle was put at its layout by the PCB.
After the committee meeting, when reporters asked Ramiz to explain the threats he mentioned, the PCB chairman said he received the threats for the first time during the Pakistan Super League (PSL ).
“I received death threats from inside and outside [of Pakistan]“, he said without giving details of these threats.
Ramiz and other PCB officials briefed the NA Standing Committee headed by MP Nawab Sher on the Council’s performance.
The committee was informed that the overall win rate of the Pakistani team in recent international competitions was 75%, which was better than that of India (68%).
Ramiz told the committee that various measures were being taken to further improve the country’s cricket system, adding that the PCB was planning to hold a T20 junior league in October this year and a T20 women’s league in February next year.
“In order to prepare the [national] squad for this year’s T20 World Cup [in Australia]the PCB will bring mud from Australia to prepare [fast and bouncy] locations,” Ramiz told the committee meeting.
The committee also instructed the PCB to present the Board’s audit report at the next meeting.
Talking about the Pakistan Super League, PCB officials told the committee that the board won Rs 500 million in the last edition of PSL.
PHF PRESIDENT’S ABSENCE IRKS COMMITTEE
The NA committee was also to receive briefings from the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) officials on the affairs of the federation.
However, retired PHF Chairman Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar did not show up, which upset the committee members. They decided not to be informed by the PHF secretary, Asif Bajwa, and requested information from the PHF president at the next meeting.
Meanwhile, the committee also discussed the issue of Rangers, who are currently staying at the Liaquat Gymnasium at the Pakistan Sports Complex.
It is believed that around 2,000 Ranger personnel have been staying at one of the resort’s hostels for around a month. The committee ordered retired PSB Director General Col. Asif Zaman to raise the matter with the Interior Ministry, insisting that the sports facilities were only for sporting purposes and not to host the law enforcement personnel.
The DG told the committee that he had already discussed the issue with the Home Office, adding that the matter would be taken up at the PSB meeting next Wednesday.
Posted in Dawn, July 5, 2022