Ramiz Raja set to become PCB chairman after Ehsan Mani steps down

Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja is all set to be the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The decision follows a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, who gave the go-ahead for the change of guard at the PCB.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani on Thursday stepped down from the post after completing his three-year term. An official of the PCB confirmed that Mani was no longer chairman of the board as his tenure ended on August 25. “We can make no further comments on the matter as the notification for the election of the new chairman will be issued by the Prime Minister’s house,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan as the patron in chief of the board has reportedly named Asad Ali Khan along with Ramiz Raja as the two new members of the PCB’s Board of Governors (BoG). From the seven members of BoG, two members will contest for PCB chairmanship.

Ramiz told a cricket website that he had submitted a blueprint for the restructuring of Pakistan cricket to the PM when he was called for the meeting.

“Pakistan cricket needs a new direction as our rankings in all three formats indicates our cricket is not improving as the prime minister wanted,” he said.

On the other hand, sources said that PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan has been given additional charge of the post of chairman temporarily as per the constitution of the board.

Meanwhile, according to some reports, Mani is likely to continue to be a PCB Governing Board member and ultimately contest elections as the chairman of the board for the second term in office.

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