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‘It Feels Like A Club Game’ – Ramiz Raja Slams Poor Coverage Of Pakistan-Ireland T20Is | Pakistan Cricket News Today

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The coverage of the Pakistan-Ireland T20I series has been criticised by the former chair of the PCB Ramiz Raja, who has said that the poor telecast makes it seem like a club game is being played.

Pakistan lost the first T20I against Ireland in Dublin before they staged a comeback to defeat the hosts convincingly in the second game. The three-match series, followed by four T20Is against England later this month, marks the beginning of Pakistan’s preparations before the T20 World Cup, where they are clubbed in Group A alongside India, USA and Canada.

Raja questioned the Pakistan pacers and their opener Saim Ayub and also threw a shade of doubt over the production quality of the T20I series, saying the poor visuals and the lack of DRS do not reflect the international stature of the Pakistan team. He also added that such coverage was “extremely unfair” to the cricket lovers in his country.

On his YouTube channel Ramiz Speaks, he said: “One thing which I don’t like at all is the coverage of this match (series). It feels like a club game is being telecast. Only two cameras are there. There’s no DRS, no replays, you don’t get an idea of the boundary rope, you can’t enjoy a good shot being played or good balls being bowled.

“This is extremely unfair to the Pakistan cricket product. A lot of people love Pakistan cricket. It has an aura around the world. And to present it like this is unfair to Pakistan cricket.”

He also added that the onus was on the PCB to ensure better streaming quality of the games.

“Someone should have figured it out earlier. If the coverage was going to be like this, whichever broadcasting company it was, should have taken the rights from Cricket Ireland. I know they have the rights, but it should have been taken away and the coverage should have been made much better for this series because this marks the beginning of our road to the World Cup.

“I can tell you this with certainty if India knew this situation, they would never have allowed such coverage. Because your honour is in your hands. So Pakistan’s honour should also be in their hands. Through coverage like this, our cricket looks flat. And it is unfair.”

Raja also commented that Pakistan cannot afford their matches to be shown poorly, and compared the production quality to that of games involving African teams.

“We are not an African country that the coverage for our games can be this poor. This series is not telecast in England. It’s not available on Sky. Primarily because it is being covered like this. This is unfair to Pakistan.”

The T20Is are, however, being telecast live on TNT Sports in England, the same channel that showed the Ireland-India T20Is last year.

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