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PCB to directly operate under Prime Minister

Legal Battle Halts PCB Chairman Election

In a significant development in Pakistani cricket administration, the affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been transferred from the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) to the Cabinet Division. This move places the PCB directly under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), signalling a notable shift in governance.

The transition was marked by the exclusion of the IPC Secretary from the PCB’s Board of Governors. Elections for the PCB chairman were held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, where Mohsin Naqvi emerged as the unanimous choice, filling the role unopposed.

Mohsin Naqvi, previously serving as Punjab’s caretaker Chief Minister, now steps into the role of the 37th PCB chairman, set to serve a term of three years. His election was facilitated by Shah Khawar, appointed as the election commissioner of the PCB by caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar.

The change comes following the resignation of Zaka Ashraf, who served as the PCB chairman for seven months under the Management Committee. Ashraf cited working conditions as the reason for his departure, asserting his dedication to the betterment of Pakistan cricket despite facing challenges in his role.

Expressing disappointment with the circumstances surrounding his resignation, Ashraf emphasized the importance of autonomy in the PCB’s governance, stressing that the nomination of the chairman is not solely the prerogative of the prime minister.

The reorganization aims to streamline governance and decision-making within the PCB, reinforcing its autonomy with direct oversight from the PMO. With heightened expectations for Naqvi’s tenure, cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the impact of these changes on the future of Pakistan cricket, hopeful for greater accountability and positive developments in the sport.

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