Rameez Raja stresses on Pakistan versus India

Updated: 27 November 2011 14:35 IST

Pakistan's former captain Rameez Raja feels restoring bilateral cricket ties with India should be the top priority of the PCB.

Rameez Raja stresses on Pakistan versus India

Karachi:

Pakistan's former captain Rameez Raja feels restoring bilateral cricket ties with India should be the top priority of the PCB.

"Our cricket has got a few very important priorities which need to be looked at. First one obviously is how to relaunch cricket back in Pakistan. Number two is how to improve our standing and promote our cricket in the ICC. Thirdly I guess would be to pay attention to the domestic cricket structure.

"Fourthly I would suggest, we have to name our coaching unit. So these are his main priorities, and of course the most important one is to play India," Rameez told 'pakpassion.net' website.

The former captain also felt that the new Chairman of the board, Zaka Ashraf had made the right start by emphasising on restoring international cricket in Pakistan and bilateral ties with India.

"I think he (Zaka Ashraf) has made just the right start, since this (Indo-Pak) series benefits both countries and benefits cricket. There is no bigger series than India-Pakistan and they should anoint it as an 'icon' series, as Test cricket is already getting 'knockout punches' from the limited overs formats," the cricketer turned commentator said.

Rameez claimed that he had also done his bit to encourage flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi who publicly thanked him during a ceremony in the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

"Afridi is a perfect advertisement for Pakistan cricket, because that is how we should be perceived as a cricket nation - aggressive but not unpredictable and with flair. Afridi is a headline-grabber and a head turner with his performance and his talent," he said.

Topics : Cricket Stuart Broad Mohammad Asif Zaheer Abbas Rameez Raja Zulqarnain Haider India Pakistan Shahid Afridi
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