Rameez Raja likely to take over as the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman

According to speculations, former Test captain and noted cricket pundit Rameez Raja may succeed Ehsan Mani as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Ehsan Mani’s three-year term as Chairman of the PCB is coming to an end on September 18. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also the patron in chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is expected to submit two individuals to the governing board for the coveted position in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the situation. Initially, Mani and Asad Ali Khan (a senior bureaucrat) were suggested as potential chairmanship contenders, but the PM has now opted to go with a former captain.

Four independent members, three interim cricket association heads, and the chief executive officer make up the governing board’s ten members. While all nine current board members are allowed to run for re-election, in the past, only one of the two Prime Minister’s direct nominees has been elected as PCB chairman.

Raja did not return calls or texts for any statements, according to Pakistan media reports. Due to health difficulties, Ehsan Mani had also voiced a reluctance to serve another term. The government and the board have already named Azmat Sheikh, a former judge, as the election commissioner to oversee the chairmanship election process.

Under Mani’s leadership, the PCB made significant changes to the domestic system, demolishing the prior blend of departmental and regional cricket and, at Imran’s request, introducing the provincial-team model. The change prompted national outrage, since the new structure cost numerous players their jobs, but the PCB subsequently created jobs for all senior cricketers at the association level, with chances ranging from administrative to field jobs.