Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has approved the appointment of Najam Sethi as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), replacing Ramiz Raja.
The PCB Constitution 2014 has also been revived.
Earlier, the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) sent a summary to the Prime Minister’s House for amendments to the constitution of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and changes in its governing board.
The official sources said that the summary had demanded the restoration of the PCB Constitution, 2014. The names of PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja and Asad Ali Khan were withdrawn from the governing board in the summary.
In their place, the names of former PCB chairman Najam Sethi and Shakeel Sheikh were added to the summary. After the approval of the summary by the prime minister, the change will be introduced in the PCB.
The process of changes in the PCB will start within one or two days.
A temporary selection committee, comprised of four renowned cricketers, will be appointed to select Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming home Test series against New Zealand.
Earlier Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi met with PM Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore wherein matters pertaining to the restoration of the 2014 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Constitution and departmental cricket came under discussion.
Remember here that Ramiz Raja was appointed as PCB chairman by the former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on 13th September 2021.
Najam Sethi served as chairman of PCB in 2013 but had to fight a legal battle with Chaudhry Muhammad Zaka Ashraf. He returned to charge in 2014 but Shahryar Khan was named chairman and Najam Sethi was given charge of the powerful executive committee.
In August 2017, he was re-appointed chairman of the board but a year later, he stepped down after Imran Khan took charge as Prime Minister and announced his successor, former ICC President Ehsan Mani, as the new head of the cricket board.
Now Latest reports are that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is also PCB’s patron-in-chief, has decided to replace cricket board chairman Ramiz Raja.
Ramiz Raja, during his time at the helm of Pakistan cricket, faced backlashes for his reckless comments, especially on the issues with BCCI regarding India touring Pakistan for any future series.
Ramiz Raja’s sack came after Pakistan’s 3-0 Test series loss against England. The Pakistan side was lackluster against England in the current series and PCB was heavily criticized for their management and below-par pitches.
Ramiz Raja became the fourth Pakistani Test cricketer to become chairman after Ijaz Butt, Javed Burki and Abdul Hafeez Kardar. He also served as the chief executive of PCB in 2003.