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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday unanimously elected veteran administrator Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as its chairman for a three-year term. The election took place at a special meeting of the Board of Governors (BOG) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. “I am extremely honored and humbled to have been unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board,” Naqvi was quoted as saying on the PCB website. I am fully committed to bringing professionalism in the administration of cricket.'' Naqbi, 45, a Pakistani media veteran, is the 37th full-time chairman of the PCB.
Currently, he serves as the acting Chief Minister of the state of Punjab.
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja was their last full-time chairman before being dismissed after a year into his tenure due to “political interference” in December 2022.
Subsequently Najam Sethi and Zaka Ashraf took over as interim chiefs and the latter stepped down in January this year.
With the Pakistan senior team at its lowest ebb since the ODI World Cup defeat in India last year, Naqbi faces a tough task.
After failing to enter the semi-finals of the marquee event, Babar Azam stepped down as Pakistan captain. Shan Masood was later appointed as their Test captain, while fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi took over the role in the white-ball format.
But their fortunes have still not improved as Pakistan suffered a 0-3 defeat in the Test series in Australia and a 1-4 defeat to New Zealand in the T20I series.
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