LAHORE: Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi was unanimously elected as the 37th chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a three-year term on Tuesday, according to an official statement from the sport’s regulatory body.
Naqvi emerged as the frontrunner for the position after it became vacant with the resignation of former PCB chief Zaka Ashraf earlier in January.
The leadership change came against the backdrop the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s performance in recent months, especially during last year’s Asia Cup and the 50-over One-Day International World Cup held in India.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to have been unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board,” the PCB statement quoted Naqvi as saying. “I am thankful for the trust and confidence reposed in me.”
“I am fully committed to upgrading the standard of the game in the country and bringing professionalism in the administration of cricket in Pakistan,” he added.
Naqvi, who will soon hand over his responsibilities as the interim chief minister to an elected Punjab administration after general elections on Thursday, also held a meeting with chief selector Wahab Riaz and PCB’s Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer.
He is also the first elected PCB chairman in more than a year after Ramiz Raja, a former Pakistan Test cricketer, left the post in Dec. 2022.