Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja on Wednesday announced that he is on a mission that will not “rest” until Pakistan becomes a world-class team and the achievement of beating Australia on its home soil. Doesn’t happen does not achieve.
The former Pakistan captain addressed a press conference with newly appointed CEO Faisal Hasnain in Karachi, in which he discussed a range of issues including low turnout, need for permanent coaches and team selection for the recent Pakistan-West Indies series.
India, who won a Test series in Australia in 2018-19 and toured with a 2-1 margin earlier this year, have shown the cricketing world that it is possible to beat the mighty Aussies at home. As a result, even Asian touring countries like Pakistan aim to keep that feather in their cap.
Raja is focusing on the bigger picture to create a cricket culture that helps to recreate the state of the team. For example, drop-in pitches have been introduced by former Pakistan cricketers to help Pakistani players perform better on overseas tours by imitating the conditions available there.
As Dawn reported, Ramiz said, “We are trying to make cricket a strong product.” “The objective is to beat Australia in Australia.” “We are a mid-level team in Tests and ODIs and the good thing is that we get a chance to experiment.
Pakistan has never won a Test series in Australia and the T20 World Cup to be held in 2022 is also set to be held there. Ramiz admitted that Pakistan had found a winning formula in T20s, but Tests and ODIs were still in the works.
Since the World Cup, former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has served as the interim coach of the Pakistan team, with former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden and former South Africa 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 sometimes get stuck and we hire experts on a series-by-series basis,” he said.