PCB must decide whether it wants “talented but ‘chor’ players” or honest ones: Ramiz

December 11th, 2010 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Dec 11(ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must decide soon how it wants to save the integrity of the national cricket team, and whether it wants corrupt or honest players in the squad, former PCB chief executive Ramiz Raja has said.

“The year 2010 has been a terrible one for Pakistan cricket team as the scandals have caused a lot of damage to our image. Now, the PCB has to decide whether they want talented but ‘chor’ players or those with less talent but more integrity and honesty,” the Daily Times quoted Ramiz, as saying.

He noted that due to constant scandals, indiscipline and spot-fixing allegations, Pakistan cricket’s image had got tarnished, which also resulted in the poor performance of the team this year.

Ramiz pointed out that the biggest problem with the PCB was honesty and integrity, saying, “They have to realise how important it is for someone to be honest.”

He, however, added that Pakistan had found some good young players, and that the road to the World Cup was looking bright and positive.

“But a decision must come soon which road the PCB wants to take. I think their choices are limited now,” stated the former Pakistan captain.

Ramiz also said that the spot-fixing scandal had “put back” Pakistan cricket by a few years, and people would probably never forgive the guilty.

“I don’t think people will ever forgive the players if they are found guilty of corruption because they derailed the entire process of rebuilding the team and put us back by a few years,” he said. (ANI)

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