Raja speaks to Karachi’s business community in effort to boost cricket’s economy

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Ramiz Raja, the recently elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), met with a group of business leaders led by Aqeel Karim Dhedhi (AKD). The concept of constructing a five-star hotel near Karachi’s National Stadium was addressed at the discussion.

Ramiz also spoke to the media, saying that in order to improve cricket in Pakistan, the PCB will require assistance from the business sector. “We had a productive meeting here with AKD and others, and we are excited to collaborate. AKD is our opening batsman, and he has pledged his complete support for cricket development,” Ramiz added.

The notion of a five-star hotel near the NSK appealed to Ramiz since it would alleviate the security worries of visiting teams. The resurrection of club and school cricket was also addressed during the conference, as was the possibility of utilising the national stadium for multi-sport events.

Salman Iqbal, the owner of Karachi Kings and the creator of the ARY Digital Network, was also present during the conference. As he arrived in the city of lights on Monday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja said that he wanted to revitalize the country’s cricket. Ramiz was accompanied by PCB Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer during his visit.

Meanwhile, Raja stated, “We need to enhance cricket’s economy only after that we can stand up to the big boys.”

Raja was voted as the new chairman on September 13, and in his first news conference after taking office, he stated that he would not make any changes to the T20 team and promised to reset the PCB’s course in order to revive Pakistan cricket’s glory days.

The PCB chairman stated that he would focus on making sure that the board’s policies stayed consistent, as well as ensuring that club cricket, fresh talent, coaching, and the performance of the national cricket team improved.

Raja stated that he has both long-term and short-term ambitions for the Pakistani team and that he wanted to take the country’s cricket to the place where it belongs.