Ramiz Raja, the renowned Pakistani cricketer turned commentator had been feeling the wrath of fans all around the world after his infamous MS Dhoni comments.
Raja ,now 54, had recently tweeted on the issue of MS Dhoni getting an ‘A’ grade contract in test cricket despite him bowing out of that cricketing format quite some time ago.
He lashed out at his trollers for misinterpreting the logic and intent behind his statement.
In his response, Raja tweeted by saying, ”Art of distortion:’ how to save Test Ckt’ at MCC was all about the game, never an individual.
Mis-hyped & wrongly focused on by some media.” Raja justified his statements made on the awarding of the contract to Dhoni by claiming that his agenda was focused on the future of Test Cricket and not on an individual.
He also questioned the Superstar Culture that still prevails within the Boards of the Indian sub-continent. He cited out the case of Shahid Afridi from Pakistan who had a ‘A’ grade contract despite retiring from Test Cricket for a long time.
Raja’s advice to the boards was to prioritize Test cricket and not the individual icons in the teams.
According to Raja, Boards should not follow the Superstar Syndrome but give importance to the greatest format of the game.
This was the very reason why the Ramachandra Guha, the former member of the Supreme Court-appointed CoA (Committee of Administrators), resigned from his position citing the Superstar Culture prevalent in Indian Cricket and various other loopholes and irregularity regarding contracts of the stalwarts of the game pertaining to conflict of interest.