The former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) remained adamant on the dispute over the hosting rights for the Asia Cup 2023. Rameez maintained his stand that the tournament would not be moved out of Pakistan despite India’s decision not to travel to the country. But, within weeks of the controversy, Rameez found himself out of the PCB, with Najam Sethi replacing him. With his tenure as PCB chairman over, Rameez returned to his YouTube channel to issue some clarifications on the ‘Asia Cup controversy’ that had been occupying a lot of his time for a while.
Rameez, in a video on youtube, said that he has got a lot of respect for the Indian fans, got a lot of love from them. But, when India flatly refused to go to Pakistan for the Asia Cup without any talks or meeting, the problem arose.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Indian fans, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my stint in India over the years. There’s no doubt about it. Cricket breaks down barriers, it helps overcome barriers. As a cricketer In, as a commentator, I have got a lot of love,” King said in the video in response to a fan’s question.
“The problems start when you run a cricket administration, then you have to take tough decisions. Those tough decisions are judged from the Indian point of view, fans and cricket boards in Pakistan are seeing their advantage. They are looking at those calls. His own point of view.
“The problem started when we got the rights to host Asia Cup and then India thought that we will not go to Pakistan and because of this Asia Cup will be held in a neutral country, it cannot happen in Pakistan. As you know , big international teams were not coming to Pakistan, and after a long time, Pakistan is getting to host an international tournament. I based my stand on that.”
“Leadership is very important when you are running cricket. We challenged England, we challenged New Zealand when they went back, they came back to play. England also played extra matches,” Raja said. “That’s why it’s important for us to take a stand.”
“It was not even news to me, because it was an agreement that Pakistan would host the Asia Cup. Without any meeting, without any negotiation, or without any committee to take back the hosting rights. No Asia Cup member Didn’t know it.” he adds.
Rameez felt that Pakistan has decided to stand against India in the matter of hosting rights of the Asia Cup. But, given the stature of the BCCI, India didn’t budge, perhaps saying “who are they to challenge us”. For Rameez, it is a problem when a country tries to ‘boss’.
Rameez also had a conversation with Pakistan captain Babar Azam on the subject, explaining to him why it was important for his team to beat the Indians, as it was the only way they could be considered a ‘superpower’.
“When a country tries to boss, it becomes a problem. Suddenly, we took a stand against India and that situation will not be portrayed like this in India. Who are the challengers?”
“That’s why I keep telling Babar Azam that it is important to win against India… If we are not competitive against them (India), they will not consider us a superpower in cricket. We have to prove it again and again. We have beaten India twice,” he said.
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