Ramiz Raja, former Pakistan captain is set to officially take over as the new Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) from Monday, September 13, 2021, onwards. He will replace Ehsan Mani at the post, who had been elected unopposed in 2018, and will complete his three-year tenure.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) patron-in-chief, has nominated Ramiz and senior bureaucrat Asad Ali Khan as the new member of the BOG. Ramiz had met Imran Khan a month back with his roadmap for Pakistan cricket going forward and as per reports, he accepted to become chairman of the PCB.
While Ramiz is yet to officially become the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), his influence was visible on the Pakistan national team squad selected for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman in October- November this year.
Ramiz Raja To Hold A Media Conference After Officially Taking Over As The New PCB Chairman
The Pakistan T20 World Cup 2021 squad saw some surprise players being chosen as wicketkeeper-batsman Azam Khan, son of former Pakistan captain, and Ramiz’s 1992 World Cup-winning teammate Moin Khan, was chosen as the backup wicketkeeper, over former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was not even named in the reserves.
As per PTI reports, The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Saturday that a special meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) has been convened on Monday in which the PCB Election Commissioner Mr. Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed, will conduct the election and preside over the Special Meeting.
Many have linked Ramiz Raja’s appointment as the new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman the reason behind the sudden resignations from the Pakistan team head coach Misbah-UL-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis. Both had been under tremendous pressure for the past few months due to the national team’s performances and many sources have indicated that they would have been asked to leave when the new regime took over at the PCB and instead, decided to quit themselves.
Ramiz is expected to announce some policy decisions regarding the organization of cricket in Pakistan, the selection committee system, and other important issues.