A Change in Pakistan Cricket: New Board Chairman Announced After Ehsan Mani
There’s been a significant change in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Following Ehsan Mani’s tenure, the board has announced the appointment of a new chairman. Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi has been entrusted with a major responsibility for the next three years. Mohsin Naqvi, a seasoned administrator in Pakistan cricket, was unanimously appointed as the chairman by the PCB. The election took place during a special meeting of the Board of Governors (BOG) held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. Mohsin expressed gratitude for being chosen as the chairman and emphasized his commitment to enhancing the standard of cricket in the country and bringing professionalism to cricket administration in Pakistan.
Acknowledging the Board’s Decision
According to PCB’s website, Mohsin stated, ‘I feel deeply honored and grateful to be unanimously elected as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. I am grateful for the trust and confidence placed in me. I am fully committed to improving the level of play in the country and bringing professionalism to cricket administration in Pakistan.’ The 45-year-old Mohsin Naqvi, a prominent figure in Pakistani media, now serves as the 37th full-time chairman of the PCB. He is currently working as the Chief Executive Officer in the Punjab state. Previously, former cricketer Ramiz Raja served as the PCB’s immediate past full-time chairman.
Ramiz was dismissed in December 2022 after a one-year term due to ‘political interference.’ Following his dismissal, Najam Sethi and Ehsan Mani served as interim chairmen. Pakistan’s team is currently going through its worst phase. After poor performances in the World Cup 2023 in India, Babar Azam resigned from captaincy. The team suffered a humiliating 0-3 defeat against Australia in the Test series under the captaincy of Shan Masood. Subsequently, under Shahid Afridi’s captaincy, Pakistan faced a 4-1 defeat against New Zealand in the T20 series.
Leading the Race
Mohsin emerged as the frontrunner in the race to become the new PCB chairman on January 22. Sources suggested that media mogul Anwarul Haq Kakar’s support played a role in him assuming this role. On January 27, the PCB announced the restructuring of its Board of Governors under Paragraph 10 of the PCB Constitution of 2014. Mohsin and Mustafa Ramday were included in the Board of Governors as two nominees of the Prime Minister. The remaining eight members were from regional cricket associations and departments.”