Cricketer and commentator Ramiz Raja will become the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), reported Cricbuzz. The decision comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the change of guard at the board in a meeting. Raja will succeed Ehsaan Maani.
As per news agency PTI, Maani stepped down from his post on Thursday after completing three years as the Pakistan Cricket Board chief. However, when will Raja assume control of the board is not clear as of now.
According to Cricbuzz, Raja has accepted the offer.
"The aim is to reset Pakistan cricket's GPS and will be in pursuit of excellence," Raja, who was also a Chief Executive Officer of PCB, told Cricbuzz on Thursday (August 26).
Both Ramiz and Mani met the Prime Minister on Monday (August 23) afternoon. After the meeting Ramiz, a former Pakistan captain, told Cricbuzz, 'I have given him (Imran Khan) my plans. He will make a call," and decided to wait to hear from the PM's office.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who was also a cricketer, is presently the patron in chief of the board and is entitled to nominate two people to the PCB Board of Governors. One of these two becomes the chairman of the board.
Rameez Hasan Raja is a Pakistani cricket commentator, YouTuber, and former cricketer, who represented and captioned the cricket team of Pakistan during the 1980s and the 1990s.
Ever since he retired from cricket, he has been a commentator in international cricket matches. He also talks about cricket on his YouTube channel Ramiz Speaks.
Raja made his cricket debut in 1978. In a decade-long career, he scored over 9,000 runs in List A and 10,000 runs in 1st class matches.
The 63-year old is one of only a few to reach 10,000 1st class runs in Pakistan cricket. Rameez played international cricket for 13 years, in which he appeared in 57 test cricket matches.
In One Day International cricket, on the other hand, Ramiz represented Pakistan in 198 matches and scored 9 centuries.