Rameez Raja urges cricket authorities against making drastic changes to Pakistan side

Rameez Raja said that the players showing good skills in domestic cricket should gradually be given chance to prove their credentials at the international level © Getty Images

Islamabad: Jun 22, 2013
 
Former Pakistan Test captain Rameez Raja has urged the Pakistan cricket authorities not to make any drastic changes in the national team after their flop show in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
 
Stating that there is no need to bring in young blood to replace the under-performing senior batsmen, Raja said that changing the complexion of the team altogether would prove counter-productive.
 
“Indeed, there is need to induct young blood so as to replace those not performing up to the mark”, Raja was quoted as saying by the Daily Times.
 
According to Raja, the Pakistan team could not live up to their expectations in the ongoing Champions Trophy probably because they could not handle the ”overwhelming pressure” to succeed.
 
“Changing the complexion of the team altogether would prove counter-productive.”
 
However, the former cricketer said that the players showing good skills in domestic cricket should gradually be given chance to prove their credentials at the international level. Pakistan lost all three matches of the preliminary round to bow out of the last edition of the biennial tournament, which will reach its conclusion on Sunday with the final in England between World Cup title holders India and hosts England, the report added.
 
Raja has distinguished himself as a TV commentator after quitting international cricket in the 1990s.
 
(With inputs from ANI)