Najam Sethi elected as new chairman PCB

Najam Sethi, chairman of Pakistan Super League (PSL), has been elected as the new chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the retirement of Sheharyar Khan.

Sethi, 69, a former caretaker chief minister of Punjab and a renowned journalist, has also been the main reason for successfully launching the PSL, according to ESPN.

His chances of electing as the PCB chairman were very likely after he was named by the PCB’s Board of Governors (BoG) on July 8 by the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Former chairman Sheharyar Khan, 83, resigned quoting domestic and health reasons. Ejaz will be his replacement on the BoG, with representatives from Quetta, Lahore, FATA, Peshawar, Sialkot, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

According to some media reports, Sethi enjoyed the support of former cricketers who said that Sethi was the best choice for the coveted slot as he had also served as the head of the PSL chairman.

Wasim Akram said, “I support him all the way and the main reason is PSL. Many people before him discussed the idea of PSL but no one was able to materialise the plans. Sethi not only made is possible, but organised two successful editions of Pakistan’s top class T20 league and also the final of the second edition in Lahore.”

“Four years are enough to understand any system and now he knows which person to use for what job. He is fully aware of all the staff and management, which makes him the best candidate,” the Express Tribune quoted Akram as saying.