Ehsan Mani appointed as new PCB chairman

ISLAMABAD: Former PCB’s representative to ICC Ehsan Mani has been made new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, following the resignation of Najam Sethi.

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Prime minister Imran Khan and patron-in-chief of PCB Imran Khan has appointed Mani as PCB chief.

“I have appointed Ehsan Mani as Chairman PCB. He brings vast and valuable experience to the job. He represented PCB in the ICC; was Treasurer ICC for 3 yrs and then headed the ICC for another 3 yrs,” the prime minister announced in a message on Twitter.

As Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan, Najam Sethi on Monday announced his resignation from the post of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman.

Najam Sethi tendered his resignation as PCB chairman in a tweet.

“I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done today. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength. Eid Mubarak. Pakistan Zindabad,” he tweeted.

Najam Ali Sethi was appointed as PCB chief in 2017. He also holds a position of Pakistan Super League (PSL) chairman.

Last month Pakistan Cricket Board’s General Body has unanimously given Chairman PCB Najam Sethi unqualified vote of confidence for his tireless efforts to revive cricket in Pakistan.

Since taking over as PCB chief he has made a real effort of bringing a professional change and approach at PCB. The revival of international cricket has already been a huge success in Lahore and Karachi.

The three World XI games in Lahore, T20 against Sri Lanka, three T20s against the West Indies and three PSL matches including the grand final in Karachi last March have brought real joy to the cricket fans in the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that Najam Sethi has also served as an caretaker chief minister of Punjab before 2013 general elections. The PTI chief and possible PM of Pakistan Imran Khan had accused Najam Sethi on several occasions for rigging general elections 2013.

A look at Ehsan Mani’s career:

Mani, born in Rawalpindi, became ICC President in June 2003. He was nominated for the position by the PCB, whom he represented at the ICC from 1989 until 1996.

In 1996 he was elected by all countries to the position of Chairman of the ICC Finance and Marketing Committee, a position he held until the Committee was dissolved in June 2002 when he took over as Vice-President of the ICC Executive Board.

He played cricket for the Rawalpindi Club from 1959 to 1965 as a left-arm fast medium bowler and a right-handed batsman.

 

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