Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, the interim Chief Minister of the State of Punjab, has been elected as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). His election was unanimously approved by the Board of Governors during a meeting convened at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Naqvi, now the 37th chairman of the PCB, will serve a three-year term starting from Tuesday.
Expressing his gratitude upon his election, Naqvi stated, “I am deeply honoured and humbled to have been unanimously elected as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. I am thankful for the trust and confidence reposed in me. I am fully committed to upgrading the standard of the game in the country and bringing professionalism in the administration of cricket in Pakistan.”
The PCB had been without a full-time chairman since December 2022, following the removal of Ramiz Raja by a government notification. Najam Sethi and Zaka Ashraf have served in interim capacities since then, with Ashraf being the last interim chief before stepping down on January 19.
A well-read and erudite individual, 45-year-old Naqvi is renowned as a media mogul with experience from a training stint at CNN in the US. He currently owns his own news channel called 24 News in Pakistan.