Former Pakistan team captain Ramiz Raja has been officially elected as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the board announced in a special meeting on Monday.
Mr Ramiz Raja, along with Mr Asad Ali Khan, was nominated by the PCB Patron, Prime Minister Imran Khan, on the PCB Board of Governors on 27 August for a three-year term.
Ramiz Raja replaces Ehsan Mani, who stepped down from the role last month, to become the Chairman of PCB. Mani’s tenure ended on August 25.
With this, the 1992-world cup winner now becomes the fourth international cricketer after Abdul Hafeez Kardar (1972-1977), Javed Burki (1994-1995), and Ijaz Butt (2008-2011) to chair the PCB.
“One of my key focuses will be to help introduce in the Pakistan men’s cricket team the same culture, mindset, attitude and approach that once made Pakistan one of the most feared cricket playing nations. As an organisation, we all need to get behind the national team and provide them with the desired assistance and support so that they can produce that brand of cricket, which the fans also expect from them each time they step onto the field of play,” Ramiz Raja said addressing the Board of Governors.
“Obviously, as a former cricketer, my other priority will be to look into the welfare of our past and present cricketers. The game has and will always be about the cricketers and, as such, they deserve more recognition and respect from their parent institution.”
The 59-year old represented Pakistan in 255 international matches, from 1984 to 1997, scoring 8,674 runs. Post his retirement, he took up commentary and also served as the CEO of the board under the chairmanship of Shahryar Khan from 2003-2004.
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