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Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja lashes out at Grant Flower

Cricketer-turned -commentator Ramiz Raja has slammed the former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower for his criticism of the security situation in Pakistan.

Flower, recently in an interview with ESPNCricinfo, had said that the “lack of freedom and security aspect” was the most frustrating thing of living in Pakistan during his five-year tenure as the Men in Green’s batting coach.

‘Will miss the friendly people, but not the backstabbing ex-players’ – Grant Flower. Photo: Peter Della Penna

While reflecting on his tenure as the batting coach, Flower slammed the politics within the backdoors of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and local media.

“Some of the backstabbing by ex-players and a lot of the politics that happens within the TV channels, the journalists and some of the politics in the PCB itself; I won’t miss those, certainly,” Flower was quoted as saying.

The former Zimbabwe cricketer was also concerned with opener Fakhar Zaman’s future and said that the left-hand batsman needs to sort out his technique to get among the runs again.

Whereas, the 48-year-old was full of praise for the top-order batsman Babar Azam and described him as the best Pakistan batsman he had ever coached.

While answering a question regarding his own future, Flower said that he will continue to work on his skills and will be looking for some new coaching assignments.

Flower joined the Pakistan team as batting coach in 2014. His five-year tenure finally came to an end when the PCB decided against renewing his contract after the Men in Green failed to qualify for the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup semi-finals.

While speaking in a Youtube video, Raja was disappointed with Flower’s statement and claimed that he was looked after well by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“I felt really bad when Grant said that security was a concern in Pakistan,” said Raja.

“I had seen him regularly roaming around the liberty market, visiting various restaurants and jogging outside on the streets. The PCB provided him excellent security as well as five-star accommodation in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Lahore.”

The 57-year-old also feels that the PCB was supportive of his services despite no drastic improvement in Pakistan batting.

“The PCB experimented with him for 5 years, yet there are no Pakistani batsmen in the ICC rankings for top ten batsmen,” he said.

Former Pakistan cricketer believes that coaches should be more graceful in their exit when their contracts expire.

“I have noticed a trend around the world that when coaches leave their job, they start criticising their previous boards,” he said.

“I think a person should show more grace and not badmouth their previous employers. I was part of the PCB as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), yet when I left my job, I didn’t criticise the organisation.”

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