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PM Shehbaz replaces Ramiz Raja with Najam Sethi as PCB Chairman

Najam Sethi, 73, first served as chairman in 2013 but had to fight a legal battle with Chaudhry Muhammad Zaka Ashraf. He returned to charge in 2014 but Shahryar Khan was named chairman.

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In a major development, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has approved the appointment of former journalist Najam Sethi as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), replacing Ramiz Raja.

The notification regarding the change in PCB board of governors will be issued later in the day. The Prime Minister Office will release four notifications related to the appointment.

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According to the details, one notification will be issued notifying the abolishment of the 2019 constitution of the cricket board. The other will then notify the termination of the two names nominated for the chairmanship under the 2019 constitution. The third notification then will announce to restore the 2014 constitution. The fourth notification then will notify the establishment of a “set up” to run the existing board.

Earlier today, the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) moved the summary to remove Ramiz Raja as Pakistan Cricket Board chairman. IPC has sent a summary to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to include the names of Najam Sethi and Shakil Sheikh as new PCB Governing Board members in place of Asad Ali Khan and Ramiz Raja.

Najam Sethi, 73, first served as PCB chairman in 2013 but had to fight a legal battle with Chaudhry Muhammad Zaka Ashraf. He returned to charge in 2014 but Shahryar Khan was named chairman and Sethi was given charge of the powerful executive committee.

In August 2017, he was re-appointed chairman of the board but a year later, he stepped down after Imran Khan took charge as Prime Minister and announced his successor, former ICC President Ehsan Mani, as the new head of the cricket board. Later, Ramiz Raja was appointed as PCB chairman by the former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on September 13, 2021.

Reports of Ramiz Raja’s replacement as the PCB chairman had circulated a few times in the past, however, he had rejected the claims and maintained he was not “going anywhere”.

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