In the wake of the inconclusive results of the Pakistan general elections on Friday, the appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board could have important implications. The newly formed Board of Governors of the PCB, in accordance with its constitution, on February 6 elected Punjab's caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi as its chairman for the next three years. However, historical patterns show that a change in the country's leadership often leads to changes in key positions within the PCB.
The Prime Minister of the country is the patron-chief of the PCB and the post of chairman has always been a political appointment.
A political source revealed that Naqvi assumed the role of chairman through a clear understanding between influential stakeholders and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
The agreement included a commitment by these political entities not to replace the current president.
“Naqvi was appointed as the long-term chairman because of his impressive administrative and governance abilities as the acting CM of Punjab,” the source said.
“His nomination was put forward by the acting Prime Minister, Anwar ul Haq Kakkar, after receiving assurances from the two major political parties that they would refrain from fielding their candidate for the top post in the PCB.” However, with the surprise election results favoring Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and PTI-backed independent candidates gaining majority in Parliament, the source said the situation has become tricky for the PCB.
Even if the PTI-backed independents do not form the government and play the opposition role, they can still influence the election for the post of PCB chairman.
On the other hand, if the PML-N or PPP manages to form a coalition government, it remains to be seen whether they will abide by their understanding with the establishment not to interfere in PCB matters.
In December 2022, Ramiz Raza, appointed by Imran Khan, was dismissed by the country's then Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif with about two years left in his tenure.
The previous interim management committee of the PCB, from December 2022 to January 2023, was led by Najam Sethi and Zaka Ashraf, both nominees of the PML-N and PPP.
Counting for 250 National Assembly seats was completed and Imran Khan's PTI-backed independent candidates took the lead with 99 seats. PML-N is in second place with 71, PPP 53 and Muttahida Qaumi Movement 17 seats, while smaller parties have claimed the remaining seats.
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