Such mismatch series shouldn't take place or people will start watching football: Ramiz Raja

Such mismatch series shouldn't take place or people will start watching football: Ramiz Raja

Former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja has stated that the two-match Test series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe should not have taken place as it was a poor advertisement for the longest format of the game.

While talking on his YouTube channel, Raja said that one-sided series like these brings nothing to the table and that people lose interest in cricket and start watching football or any other sports.

“Some people are of the opinion that when a weak team plays a strong one, you need to focus on what you learn from it rather than the outcome of the match. You learn from the stronger team’s process and the way it adapts to the changing situation of a game. But I don’t think Zimbabwe learned anything from this series because they were continuously dominated by Pakistan. Also, there was no difference in their performance in the second Test as compared to the first one,” said Raja on his official YouTube channel.

“Such mismatch series should not take place. Test cricket is already under pressure and very few people watch it. If you show them such one-sided matches, then they will switch to watching football or other sports. Three-day Test match is a joke.”

The 58-year-old advised Zimbabwe to stop playing Test cricket and focus on white-ball cricket.

“It’s sad to see Zimbabwe’s current state because they were a very competitive team back in the day. Their team in the 1992 World Cup had three or four world class players who could take the game away from you if proper planning was not done.”

“There has been a gradual deterioration in their system and structure along with corruption in cricket board. There was also tussle between black and white people. This performance is a reflection of this deterioration over the past 15-20 years. I hope they do well in the future but for now they should not play Test cricket and concentrate only on white-ball cricket,” he concluded.

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