Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has made some controversial statements recently. Ramiz Raja has asserted that the country needs a flourishing cricket economy. He feels that the time has come for the PCB to become self-sufficient and to not rely on the International Cricket Council (ICC) for funding.
Recently, while speaking to Ramiz Raja made the remarks during a meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC), Ramiz Raza said that PCB runs on 50% of the funding from the ICC, while the ICC receives it’s 90% of funding from India. Therefore, Raja feels that if India stops funding ICC one day, there are chances that PCB might collapse. He said:
“PCB runs 50% on the funding of ICC whereas 90٪ of funding to ICC comes from India. I’m afraid if India stopped funding ICC, then PCB might collapse and that’s a reality because PCB gives 0% funding to ICC. I’m determined to make Pakistan Cricket strong,”
Not just this, Raja also claimed that a blank cheque is ready for the apex cricket board of Pakistan if the Green Army beats Virat Kohli-led team India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. The Virat Kohli-led side is set to reignite their epic rivalry with their arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup, which will be hosted by the BCCI in the UAE and Oman. He said:
“The only message I want to give to our #T20WorldCup squad is ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ because there can’t be any bigger slogan than Pakistan Zindabad ever.”