Ehsan Mani: New Chief of PCB

So the result is out and as it was clear that Ehsan Mani former ICC president will be the chief of Pakistan Cricket Board.

Afzal Haider (Retired Justice) conducted the elections as election commissioner.

During a meeting at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Mani, who was Prime Minister Imran Khan’s pick,  got elected unopposed for a tenure of three years by a nine-member Board of Governors.

The chairman’s post had been lying vacant since the previous PCB chief, Najam Sethi, tendered his resignation last month.

Mani, born in Rawalpindi, represented PCB when he was nominated for the position by the PCB at the ICC from 1989 until 1996. In 1996, he became the Chairman of the ICC Finance and Marketing Committee, he held this seat until the Committee was dissolved in June 2002.

He became ICC President in June 2003. Because of being a chartered accountant, Mani has also served in several key ICC committees including the Chairman’s Advisory Committee, set up to advice Lord Cowdrey and Sir Clyde Walcott during their tenures.

He also played his part in different projects and events that also includes the 1996 World Cup. He has also worked on the Rules Review Committee and the Governance and Organization Committee.

He played cricket for the Rawalpindi Club from 1959 to 1965 as a left-arm fast medium bowler and a right-handed batsman. Then he left the country to continue his studies and career abroad.

On an honorary basis, without withdrawing any salary, he has also served on the Board of Governors of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Hospital. Mani believes the PCB is in need of a major overhaul”.

Speaking to a private news channel, Mani said: “besides focusing on school, college and club cricket we have to make a five-year plan”.

He promised to “wipe out” nepotism from Pakistan’s cricket.

Mani said to coordinate with different cricketing legends of Pakistan for their suggestions to redefine the cricketing standards of Pakistani cricket.

“We will dig out the best talent in youngsters and will give them a chance to prove themselves at the international level,” he added.

Former test cricketer and commentator Ramiz Raja has expressed his views for Ehsan Mani being appointed as the chairman of PCB. “Ehsan Mani is the ideal person to take forward Imran Khan’s vision for cricket in the country,” he said.