Ramiz Raja or Ehsan Mani? Next PCB chairman to decided after prime minister Imran Khan submits nominations


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Possibilities include Ehsan Mani getting a year’s extension and Ramiz Raja taking charge full-time

Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan – and the PCB’s patron-in-chief – is set to make the decision that will lead to either Ramiz Raja taking over as the next board chairman or Ehsan Mani continuing for second, shorter term.

Khan met his former team-mate Raja, now a prominent broadcaster, on Monday, having identified him as one probable candidate to take over from the incumbent Mani. Mani’s tenure is due to end on August 25, but he could also be given an extension, possibly for a year instead of the usual three years. In either case, it is not a direct appointment as such: Khan will nominate two names (in this case likely to be Mani and Raja) to the PCB’s board of governors, who will then elect the chairman.

Former Pakistan captain Khan had initially reached out to Raja, also a former PCB chief executive, to give him names of potential candidates, in line with his apparent preference for an ex-cricketer to be at the helm. But, in the absence of other obvious candidate, he is believed to have told Raja to consider himself for the post.



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