New PCB chairman to be elected on September 13

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will get its new chairman on September 13 after the board’s Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed called a special meeting of the board of governors (BOG).

The decision by Saeed was made in his first meeting at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday afternoon.

PCB said that the Election Commissioner also ordered to issue notices of the special meeting to the BoG members.

Earlier on Friday morning, Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also the PCB Patron-in-Chief of the board, had nominated Asad Ali Khan and Ramiz Raja on the BoG for a three-year term while exercising his powers under clause 12(1) of the PCB Constitution.

Earlier, Raja had said to Geo News that he had been informed of becoming the new chairman of the board by the PMO.

“After being elected — as the new chairman — by the board of governors, I will address a press conference,” Raja had said.

He had also said that he has several plans for the development of the PCB which would take Pakistan cricket ahead.

Significantly, Raja is most likely to become the next chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after Ehsan Mani stepped down from the post, refusing to accept a short-term extension at the end of his three-year term.

On Monday, Imran Khan had met his former team-mate Raja, who is presently a prominent broadcaster.

Reports have suggested that Khan had identified Raja as the probable candidate to take over from Mani.

“I did meet with the PM and presented him with a roadmap for how Pakistan cricket can go forward,” Raja was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“It was a cricket-centric discussion on the problems Pakistan cricket is facing and what possible steps can be taken to improve the overall performance. I am glad he called me up and heard me out. He is concerned about the state of cricket overall and is open to discussion,” he had added.

Raja had further said: “Pakistan has been extremely inconsistent and, let’s be fair, that the ranking in each format reflects that Pakistan cannot make it into the final of tournaments. The only chance they have is to play the semi-final in T20 format while considering the ODI and Test format it’s hard for them to go past the pool stage. So I have updated him on things on the cricketing front. We had a productive meeting and it is now his call on how to proceed.”

Later on Thursday, Mani had stepped down from his post after completing his three-year term.

Mani had said that he had declined from the post as he do not wish to continue any longer as chairman of the PCB.

News Desk

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