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Caretaker CM Naqvi to lead PCB after Ashraf’s resignation

Mohsin Naqvi, the caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with the approval of Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of the PCB.

Naqvi, who has been serving as the interim head of the provincial government since December 2022, will replace Zaka Ashraf, who resigned from his position as the chairman of the PCB Management Committee and as a member of the Board of Governors last Friday.

Ashraf, 72, who became a member of the PCB’s Board of Governors on July 6 and subsequently took over as Chairman from Najam Sethi, voiced his concerns during his resignation at a committee meeting. “I endeavored to improve cricket, but under these cir­cumstances, it is untenable to continue,” he remarked, leaving the decision for his successor in the hands of the Prime Minister.

Naqvi’s nomination was announced on Monday and confirmed by the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday. Naqvi will also be a member of the PCB’s Board of Governors and will head the PCB Management Committee, which oversees the affairs of the board.

Naqvi expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for entrusting him with this important responsibility and vowed to work for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. “I will try to fix the issues affecting Pakistan cricket. Reforms in cricket are the need of the hour,” he said while talking to the media.

Naqvi, who has a background in media and politics, is also an avid cricket fan and has played the game at the club level. He is expected to bring his administrative and legal expertise to the PCB and address the challenges faced by the board, such as the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, the restructuring of the domestic cricket system, the improvement of the national team’s performance, and the enhancement of the board’s governance and transparency.

Naqvi’s appointment comes at a crucial time for Pakistan cricket, as the team is preparing for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the United States and West Indies. T arch-rivals Pakistan and India are set to clash in a group-stage match on June 9 in New York.

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