Mohsin Naqvi Elected Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman For Three Years
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- A Pakistani media baron, the 45-year-old Naqvi is the 37th full-time chairman of the PCB.
- He is serving as the incumbent caretaker Chief Minister of the State of Punjab.
- Ramiz Raja was their last full-time chairman before he was sacked one year into his tenure.
Pakistan media baron Mohsin Naqvi has been elected as the latest chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, as controversies keep erupting in the organisation. The election was held at a special meeting of the Board of Governors at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Naqvi is the 37th full-time chairman of the board. He is serving as the incumbent caretaker Chief Minister of the State of Punjab in Pakistan.
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja was PCB’s last full-time chairman before he was sacked one year into his tenure because of political interference in December 2022.
Pakistan journalist Najam Sethi and executive administrator Zaka Ashraf then held the post as interim chiefs with the latter stepping down last month.
“I am deeply honoured and humbled to have been unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board,” Naqvi was quoted saying in the board website.
“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,” Naqvi added.
Naqvi has a tough job in his hand with the Pakistan senior team going through its lowest ebb after the World Cup debacle in India in 2023. After failing to enter the semis of the marquee event, Babar Azam quit as Pakistan captain.
Opening batter Shan Masood was later appointed as their Test captain, while pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi took over that role in white-ball formats. But their fortune is yet to see a progressive curve as Pakistan endured a 0-3 whitewash in the Test series in Australia and lost to New Zealand 1-4 in a T20I series.
Naqvi’s appointment was expected after Ashraf, who served as de facto chairman of the board while being the head of the interim management committee, quit in January.