Ehsan Mani has been elected Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board by the Board of Governors of the PCB. He is elected unopposed in the BoG meeting convened at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore today (Tuesday). Mani will hold the office for three years.
Justice (R) Afzal Haider, Pakistan Election Commissioner, along with deputy Election Commissioner Ahmed Shahzad Farooq Rana supervised the election process to pick the Chairman, PCB.
Mani chaired his first meeting as new chairman shortly after being elected.
Mani will succeed Najam Sethi as PCB chief. Sethi stepped down from the role on 21 August, wishing “PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength”. After Sethi’s departure, Prime Minister Imran Khan had nominated Mani as PCB Chairman on 20 August, 2018.
Mani was thereafter tipped to win the election for PCB chairman because of his past administrative experience.
A chartered accountant by profession, Mani was elected president of the ICC in 2003 after having represented the PCB at the ICC from 1989 to 1996.He had also served as the ICC’s Finance and Marketing Committee Chairman and played a key role in the organisation of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 in the subcontinent, adds ICC.
It was during his tenure that ICC moved its headquarters from London to Dubai and women’s cricket was integrated with the men’s game. He also oversaw ICC entering into a partnership with the United Nations to promote awareness of AIDS and HIV through cricket, China becoming a member of the ICC, the raising of over 17 million USD for emergency relief following the Asian tsunami and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, and the ICC Global Cricket Academy being set up in Dubai.
A college-level cricketer, Mani was a right handed batsman and left-arm fast bowler.