Ramiz Raja formally elected as Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman
The commentator and former Pakistan skipper, Ramiz Raja formally becomes the new chairman of the PCB for three years, replaced Mani from his role last month.
The special meeting was presided by the PCB Election Commissioner, Mr.Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed. Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan in his role as a backer of the PCB, nominated Ramiz Raja to the governing board.
He becomes the fourth international cricketer to head the PCB after Abdul Hafeez Kardar (1972-1977), Javed Burki (1994-1995), and Ijaz Butt ( 2008-2011) who had played the 1992 World Cup.
He played more than 250 international matches for Pakistan, scoring 8764 runs, replaced Ehsan Mani who stepped down from his role last month.
He had also served as the Chief Executive of the PCB under the Chairmanship of Shahryar Khan but established his name more when he took up commentary and became the “voice of Pakistan.”
The newly elected PCB chairman has expressed his views in a press conference today.
Ramiz Raja said one of his biggest aims is to bring back the glory days of the Pakistan men’s team that was once a force to evaluate within the international platform.
He opposed the state of domestic cricket at club and school levels, committing to promote both during his tenure.
Addressing the BOG following his election, Raja said:
“I am thankful 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 grow stronger, both on and off-the-field.
“One of my key focuses will be to help introduce in the Pakistan men’s cricket team the same culture, mindset, attitude, and approach that once made Pakistan one of the most feared cricket playing nations.
As an organization, we all need to get behind the national team and provide them the desired assistance and support so that they can produce that brand of cricket, which the fans also expect from them each time they step onto the field of play.
“Obviously, as a former cricketer, my other priority will be to look into the welfare of our past and present cricketers. The game has and will always be about the cricketers and, as such, they deserve more recognition and respect from their parent institution,”he signed off.
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