Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has criticized former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar‘s recent comments about Babar Azam, Kamran Akmal, and Shaheen Afridi. In particular, Raja took issue with Akhtar’s criticism of Babar’s communication skills and his desire for the Pakistan captain to become as big a brand as Indian superstar Virat Kohli.
Raja also expressed his displeasure with Akhtar’s mockery of Akmal’s pronunciation of the word ‘screen’ on a live TV program. He called Akhtar a “delusional superstar” and advised him to refrain from making unnecessary and over-the-top statements about other former and current cricketers.
According to Raja, it is more important to become a human first and then a brand, rather than focusing solely on becoming a brand. He also criticized former Pakistani players for degrading the country’s cricket brand with their delusional statements and behavior, something he claimed was not common in neighboring India.
Raja also addressed Akhtar’s aspirations of becoming the chairman of the PCB and advised him to complete his graduation first in order to become eligible for the position.
Overall, Raja’s comments suggest a growing sense of frustration with the behavior of former Pakistani cricketers and their impact on the country’s cricket brand. While Akhtar’s comments may have been intended to generate interest and excitement, Raja’s response highlights the importance of professionalism and respect in the world of cricket.