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Ramiz Raja elected new PCB chairman ‘unanimously and unopposed’

Story Highlights
  • Ramiz Raja, who was nominated by PCB’s patron-in-chief Imran Khan in the BoG, elected unopposed.
  • The PCB’s Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed conducted the election.
  • Following the election, the newly-elected PCB chairman will address a press conference at the Bob Woolmer Indoor School at 2:15 pm.

Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja on Monday became the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after being elected “unanimously and unopposed”, according to a press release issued by the board.

After becoming PCB chairman, Ramiz Raja vows to restore Pakistani team’s past glory.

Ramiz Raja is the fourth former Pakistani cricketer to head the PCB.

Chairman Pcb Ramiz Raja Playing In 1992 Cricket World Cup
Chairman PCB Ramiz Raja playing in 1992 Cricket World Cup

A special meeting of the PCB’s Board of Governors was held at the National High Performance Centre in Lahore to elect the cricketing body’s 36th chairman.

Retired Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed conducted the election and presided over the special meeting.

“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,” Raja was quoted as telling the other board members in a PCB press release.

“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 organisation, 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 on to the field of play.

&Quot;To Have Something You Take For Granted Snatched Away From You Suddenly Under Tragic Circumstances Is A Shock. For Me That Was Cricket&Quot; - Ramiz Raja. | Pic: Icc
“To have something you take for granted snatched away from you suddenly under tragic circumstances is a shock. For me that was cricket” – Ramiz Raja. | PIC: ICC

“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.”

Ramiz Raja advises cricketers to focus on cricket 

Earlier on September 7, Ramiz Raja met the cricketers and advised them to don’t pay attention to the changes in the PCB and focus on their cricket.

During a meeting held at the National High-Performance Center in Lahore, Raja told the players about his vision and roadmap.

Interim coaches Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq were also present in the meeting.

Ramiz Raja With Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli
(L) Virat Kohli (R) Ramiz Raja

Profile:

Ramiz Raja is Pakistan’s 18th Test and 12th ODI captain, and played 255 international matches in which he scored 8,674 runs in the period from 1984 to 1997.

He has previously served the PCB as its Chief Executive from 2003-2004 and has represented Pakistan on the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee. Currently, he is a member of the MCC World Cricket Committee.

Ramiz Raja is only the fourth former Pakistan international cricketer to head the PCB after Abdul Hafeez Kardar (1972-1977), Javed Burki (1994-1995) and Ijaz Butt (2008-2011).

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