According to a press release released by the board, former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja was voted “unanimously and unchallenged” as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday.
At the National High-Performance Centre in Lahore, a special meeting of the PCB’s Board of Governors was conducted to elect the cricketing body’s 36th chairman.
Sheikh Azmat Saeed, a retired judge, presided over the election and the special gathering.
According to a PCB news release, Raja told the other board members, “I am grateful to all of you for electing me as the PCB chairman and look forward to working with you to ensure Pakistan cricket continues to thrive and develop stronger, both on and off the field.”
“One of my main objectives will be to assist in the instillation of the same culture, philosophy, attitude, and approach in the Pakistan men’s cricket squad that previously made Pakistan one of the most feared cricketing nations.
As an organization, we must rally behind the national team and provide them with the necessary aid and support so that they can continue to deliver the type of cricket that fans expect from them every time they take the field.
“Of course, as a former cricketer, my other objective will be to look after the wellbeing of our current and former cricketers. The game has always been and will always be about the cricketers, and they deserve more credit and respect from their parent organization.”
Later today, the newly elected PCB chairman is due to speak at a press conference (Monday).
Raja succeeds Ehsan Mani, who finished his three-year term earlier this month.
Ramiz and Asad Ali Khan were PCB patron-in-chief Prime Minister Imran Khan’s two nominees.
PM Imran was against the policy of the PCB chairman being a prime minister’s nominee when he was in opposition. He did, however, propose Mani as chairman, and this time he chose Asad and Ramiz, following the same policy.
Interestingly, Asad and Mani were both nominated the previous time.