In a decisive move for Pakistani cricket, Mohsin Naqvi has ascended unopposed to the prestigious position of Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), as reported by Geo News on Tuesday.
The election, held at the esteemed National Cricket Academy in Lahore, solidified Naqvi’s tenure for a significant three-year term.
Shah Khawar, PCB Chief Election Commissioner, promptly made the official announcement following the election proceedings.
Expressing his gratitude and humility, Naqvi remarked, “I am deeply honored and humbled to have been unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. I am thankful for the trust and confidence reposed in me.”
Firmly dedicated to enhancing the game’s standards within the nation, Naqvi pledged to infuse professionalism into cricket administration across Pakistan.
Notably, Naqvi, currently serving as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, concurrently assumes the mantle of PCB, adhering to constitutional provisions permitting such dual roles.
At 45, Naqvi marks the 37th individual to hold the esteemed position of PCB Chairman.
Prior to Naqvi’s election, PCB had meticulously composed the Board of Governors (BoG) in anticipation of the electoral process, in alignment with the PCB Constitution 2014’s Paragraph 10.
Following Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar’s endorsement, Naqvi succeeded former PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf, who recently tendered his resignation from the BoG.
Ashraf, who commenced his tenure on July 6 by replacing Najam Sethi, articulated his dedication to cricket’s advancement but cited organizational challenges at a committee meeting.
“Now it is up to Prime Minister [Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar], whomever he nominates [will take my place],” he remarked.
During Ashraf’s tenure, Pakistan participated in two significant competitions—the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup. Despite commendable efforts, the Men in Green fell short of qualifying for the finals and the semi-finals in the respective tournaments.