Told team losing not an option, says PCB Chairman

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja has said that he has told the national cricket team that losing is not an option for them because cricket is the only thing in the country that unites everyone.

Speaking at a ceremony in Karachi, Ramiz said that he cannot bear to see the Pakistan team lose a game.

“I have told my team that we have to win. It’s as simple as that because people want us to win all the time. So if they lose, I just can’t take it. I’m a sore loser,” Ramiz said at the launch ceremony for the PCB’s grassroots player development program.

The PCB president revealed how he reacts when he sees the Pakistan team lose.

“I feel like hitting the people around me when I see Pakistan losing. I’m a very terrible observer actually. They scold me at home because I completely offend everyone,” added the PCB president.

Later, while speaking to the media, the president reiterated that he has told the national team that losing is not an option for them because cricket is the only unifying factor in Pakistan.

“This is the only sport that contributes to making people smile. It lifts the morale of your nation,” said the PCB chairman.

He stressed that cricketers playing at the national level must be generously compensated and taken care of if Pakistan wants to compete with the world’s leading cricketing nations.

“Cricket is a profession, not just a game of passing time. It is a career. We want cricketers to focus on their game. Providing them with the right money is essential for this. We have increased the players’ contract money and the fees of the national parties, which will also increase the level of competition between them,” he said.

He said that the PCB cannot prevent players from randomly participating in foreign leagues. This is because everyone wants incentives, but at the same time, the board wants cricketers to make sure they are fresh when the team has international commitments, he said.

“This is a catch-22 situation, but we’ll see how to deal with it,” he concluded.

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