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‘Assuming that I was the chief, I would’ve prohibited Akram, Waqar for eternity’: The shocking statement made by Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja offered a hazardous comment about Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis as he discussed the Equity Qayyum report. In reference to Justice Qayyum’s report on match-fixing, the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ramiz Raja, made a rather explosive remark about the legendary former players for the side, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

Akram was fined and removed from the captaincy, and he was a key figure in the report. After the report was made public, Waqar Younis received a fine as well. However, both returned to Pakistani cricket as coaches, with Waqar serving as the team’s head coach twice. However, Ramiz Raja stated that if he had control, he would have permanently banned the duo.

Conversing with Samaa television, Ramiz expressed that he was frail when Akram and Younis were gotten back the framework and had no real option except to work with them. I believe that no one should have had the opportunity to return to Pakistani cricket. If Wasim Akram’s name appears, he was criticized for not cooperating, is that correct? It was a very close case. The former PCB chairman stated, “I would’ve banned them forever if I was the decision-maker at the time.”

He responded, “Whoever is tainted, I’ve zero tolerance on it,” when asked if his position on the Pakistani trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, and Mohammad Asif, who were also banned in 2010 on suspicion of spot-fixing, remained unchanged. After the charges, Amir returned to the Pakistan team and participated in multiple World Cups; However, the left-arm pacer was excluded from the side during Ramiz Raja’s tenure. “I’m totally clear. People claim to have been punished; move on. But I’ve been in similar situations before,” Ramiz stated.

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