ISLAMABAD - Expressing surprise at International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to withdraw Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from the ongoing India-South Africa series, former skipper Ramiz Raja said that he was unable to understand as who was governing the game of cricket at present.

"The ICC should have backed its officials in India but instead of that it raised its hands, which has sent across a very wrong message," he told a sports news channel. Ramiz, who is also a professional commentator and regular visitor of India, said that the ICC should have told the BCCI that we had sent our officials in India and now it was its responsibility to provide them protection. "But instead of that it (ICC) took an easy option, which I think is a very wrong stance. This has created confusion."

To a question he said that the PCB had every right to ask ICC that if it could not guarantee protection to its commentators and officials in India then how Pakistan team could feature in T20 Cup, to be held in India next year. "This also puts a question mark on T20 event. I think such questions need to be answered."

Ramiz was also of the view that that the gulf between Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and BCCI had further widened after what happened during the PCB chief Shaharyar Khan's visit to India. He said he was unable to understand how a handful of demonstrators succeeded in sabotaging the meeting adding, "I think the situation has further diluted now."

He said that the BCCI should have given a proper protocol to PCB chief. He said the BCCI invitation to PCB chief definitely had the Indian government's backing because it was not possible for it (BCCI) to take a decision on its own about cricketing matters with Pakistan.

Commenting on PCB's efforts for Pak-India series he said that as India had agreed to play with Pakistan, the PCB had been fighting for its rights. "In the current scenario, the PCB's stance was projected in a better way."

"I have always been saying that the PCB has taken very graceful and honourable stance despite the fact that it was being said that we should not run after India. I don't think we could go any further than that," he added.