The destiny of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Chairman role remains unresolved more than a week after Imran Khan and his cabinet were deposed. Ramiz Raja, the current board chairman, was hand-picked by Imran when he was prime minister last year, having Imran as the captain in over half of his 255 international matches.
With Imran Khan gone, though, questions over Ramiz’s future have arisen; traditionally, any change of administration has resulted in a change of PCB chairman. And incoming PM Shahbaz Sharif, who also happens to be the PCB’s patron, is said to be considering his possibilities for replacing Ramiz.
Imran was deposed on April 10 in turbulent circumstances, following a vote of no-confidence in parliament that he had attempted to overturn. Since then, members of his PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) party have resigned en masse from parliament, and party appointees to other state institutions have gradually been revoked or replaced.
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The new administration, which was formed by a coalition of parties to depose Imran, is squabbling over the formation of a new cabinet, and while cricket is not a top priority, it is expected that changes to the board would be made soon.
As is often the case, a variety of substitute names are being circulated. Among the more notable are Najam Sethi, the former board chairman, and a Sharif family friend (though Sethi is thought to be closer to the former PM and elder Sharif brother, Nawaz, rather than Shahbaz).
It’s possible that the change at the top isn’t the only one. Following Imran’s departure, a group led by former board members has begun lobbying the government to return to the prior domestic setup, which included departmental teams like SNGPL and PIA as part of the first-class circuit.
This group is also considering reorganising domestic cricket along regional lines, as it was before to the 2019-20 revamp. Domestic cricket was moved to a provincial basis for that season, with six teams representing Pakistan’s provinces competing in all tournaments. Imran himself urged the move, since he has long wished for Pakistan’s home scene to be similar to Australia’s.