ISLAMABAD, Sep 18 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja on Saturday asked national players to remain calm and release frustration caused by the New Zealand’s irrational and one sided decision to cancel the series .
“Whatever frustration and anger you have, release it through your performance. This is the best cure to show the world. When you become a top world side, others will start lining up to play series against you,” he said in a video message.
“There is no need to get disappointed. Everyone will want to play against you. So I want us to learn a lesson from it and move forward while being strong. I understand that this [situation] has put a lot of pressure on [both] Pakistan’s international cricket and cricket at home. But we will do whatever we can and you will get good news and results in the future,” he added.
Ramiz said, the board was fully at the back of Pakistan team and it had to become a world-class side so that it could overcome such challenges with ease and move forward.
Addressing the fans, he asked them to support their team and not to lose hope. “I equally share your pain and I hope will remain together to take Pakistan cricket forward.”
“Whatever happened was not good for Pakistan cricket. This is unfortunate scenario as we were not expecting it. We have experienced such situations in the past too but we have always moved forward.We challenge the world on the basis of our fight to survive. We will once again challenge the world,” he added.
Ramiz said Pakistan would soon come out of the situation.
“If we are not coming out of it [quickly], even then we have so much resilience, confidence and courage to create a world-class side while playing at the domestic level.” The PCB chairman asked the fans to continue backing the national team, especially in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
On Friday, the New Zealand team pulled out of its Pakistan tour citing security concerns minutes before the start of first scheduled ODI at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.