Ehsan Mani, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has stepped down from the office after completing his normal three-year term. A PCB official has stated that Ehsan Mani was no longer the chairman of the cricket board and his term ended on the 25th of August.
He further said that they can’t make any additional comments on this matter and adds that the notification for the election of the new chairman will soon be issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Prime Minister Imran Know then now the patron in chief of the board. He will be nominating two people to the PCB Board of Governors (BOG) and one of those nominated will become the PCB chairman. Many rumours are circulating about the post of the new chairman. The main person rumoured to be replacing Mani is former batsmen, cricketer and commentator Ramiz Raja, who also was the teammate of Imran Khan during his playing days. Both Ehsan Mani and Ramiz Raja have held meetings with the Prime Minister this week but it’s still unclear whether Khan will appoint Ramiz to the position of chairman.
Ramiz, when asked about the meeting, said that he presented a blueprint for the restructuring of cricket in Pakistan to Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said that Pakistan cricket needed a new direction, as their rankings in all three formats show that their cricket is not doing as well as the prime minister wants. Pakistan is ranked 5th on the ICC Test charts, 6th on the One Day charts and 4th on the T20I charts. Mani told Geo TV that he has declined to continue as the chairman of the cricket board.