Najam Sethi has been elected unopposed as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board at a Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday.
The BoG met at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore to elect the board’s new chairman to replace Shahryar Khan. Sethi, also the Pakistan Super League chairman, had emerged as a clear favourite for the post after Shahryar Khan’s tenure ended, Pakistan media has reported.
Members of BoG were to file nomination papers at the start of the meeting, and any member could file the nomination, an official of PCB had explained while describing election rules on Tuesday. Only Sethi had filed the nomination.
Former captains Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja and Rashid Latif had earlier issued statements backing Sethi’s appointment as the new chairman of PCB.
The three had praised Sethi for his efforts to organise the PSL, saying that Pakistan cricket has already started enjoying fruits of the country’s T20 competition.
The 69-year-old Sethi, a renowned journalist, is being credited for success of Pakistan’s own T20 league, which started in United Arab Emirates in 2016.
Sethi, who was recently named in the Board of Governors by the Patron of the PCB, was the strongest candidate. This is the third time Sethi will head PCB, as he was also the chairman from June 2013 to January 2014 and February 2014 to May 2014.
Earlier, former cricketers also put their weight behind Sethi, who is the 32nd chairman of the board to take Pakistan cricket to where it belongs.
“I support him all the way and the main reason is PSL,” said legendary pacer Wasim Akram. “Many people before him discussed the idea of PSL but no one was able to materialise the plans. Sethi not only made is possible, but organised two successful editions of Pakistan’s top class T20 league and also the final of the second edition in Lahore.”
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes Sethi is the man you can trust to take PCB to the top. “Sethi is the best candidate for the chairmanship of PCB and he will win. He made the PSL a big success and he will do the same with PCB,” said Latif. “He has been trying to invite international teams to Pakistan and he will succeed in that too. He has also been working on youngsters. The team is on the top, the captain is on the top, PSL is on the top and now he will take PCB on to the top,” he said.