Ramiz Raja to be new PCB chairman

Ramiz Raja is set to replace Ehsan Mani as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Ehsan Mani stepped down on Thursday, having served his three years in the office. Mani was in line to get an extension but he refused to continue any longer.

The decision was taken after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan accepted the appointment of Raja.

According to Cricbuzz, both Ramiz and Mani met the Prime Minister on Monday (August 23).

I have given him (Imran Khan) my plans. He will make a call,” said Mani.

“The aim is to reset Pakistan crickets GPS and will be in pursuit of excellence,” said Ramiz Raja.

“Pakistan cricket needs a new direction as our rankings in all three formats indicate our cricket is not improving as the prime minister wanted,” he added.

“Pakistan has been extremely inconsistent and, let’s be fair, that the ranking in each format reflects that Pakistan cannot make it into the final of tournaments. The only chance they have is to play the semi-final in T20 format while considering the ODI and Test format it’s hard for them to go past the pool stage. So, I have updated him on things on the cricketing front. We had a productive meeting and it is now his call on how to proceed,” Raja told ESPNcricinfo earlier this week.

Raja represented Pakistan in 57 Tests and 198 ODIs, scoring 2833 and 5841 runs, respectively.