Mohsin Raza Naqvi, the newly appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), steps into a realm often likened to a game of musical chairs in recent times. Taking the reins from Shah Khawar, who assumed the interim chairmanship following the departure of Zaka Ashraf, Naqvi enters the scene amidst a backdrop of managerial transitions within PCB.
Ashraf, who replaced Najam Sethi in the summer of 2023, saw his tenure extended for three months in November of the same year, further illustrating the fluidity in PCB’s leadership landscape.
Naqvi’s ascension to the helm comes with the weight of expectation, as he assumes the role on a three-year contract following his appointment as a member of the governing board by PCB’s chief patron Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on January 22, 2024.
However, with Pakistan’s impending elections on February 8, 2024, Kakar’s influence within PCB is set to diminish. Notably, PCB has a strict policy against dual roles, raising questions about Naqvi’s ability to continue serving as the caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab alongside his new role.
Naqvi will not continue as Punjab’s caretaker chief minister alongside his role as the chairman of the PCB. Despite previous ambiguity regarding Naqvi holding both positions, the PCB election commissioner clarified that Naqvi’s dual roles were permissible under PCB rules.
However, Naqvi’s term as caretaker chief minister had already exceeded the constitutional limit, which stipulates a three-month duration. With Pakistan’s general elections scheduled for February 8, Naqvi’s tenure as chief minister of Punjab will come to an end this week.
While the media tycoon may lack direct experience in cricket management, his stature in Pakistan’s media landscape is undeniable. Born on October 28, 1978, in Lahore, Naqvi’s educational journey took him to Crescent Model School and Government College University before pursuing higher studies in media sciences in the United States. His professional trajectory saw him rise through the ranks at CNN, eventually founding City Media Group in 2009, which currently oversees several prominent media outlets in Pakistan.
Amidst the backdrop of internal shifts within PCB, his appointment as chairman on January 6, 2024, during a Board of Governors meeting held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, signals a new chapter for Pakistani cricket administration.
As he takes charge, the 45-year-old’s primary focus will be overseeing the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) ninth edition, slated to commence on February 17, 2024, marking the beginning of a pivotal era under his leadership.
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