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Mohsin Naqvi Becomes PCB Chairman for Three Years

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has a new chairman in Mohsin Naqvi, who was elected unopposed for a three-year term on Tuesday. Naqvi, who is also the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, will hold both positions as per the PCB constitution.

The election was held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, where PCB Chief Election Commissioner Shah Khawar announced the result. Naqvi was the only candidate for the post, as he had been nominated by Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, who is also the PCB patron.

Naqvi expressed his gratitude and humility after being elected as the 37th PCB chairman. He said he was thankful for the trust and confidence shown in him, and pledged to upgrade the standard of the game and bring professionalism in the administration of cricket in Pakistan.

Naqvi replaced Zaka Ashraf, who had resigned from the PCB chairman and board of governors (BoG) positions last month. Ashraf had cited difficulties in working with the interim management committee (IMC), which was formed by the prime minister to oversee the affairs of the PCB.

Ashraf had taken over as the PCB chairman in July 2023, after replacing Najam Sethi, who had completed his tenure. Ashraf had faced criticism for Pakistan’s poor performance in the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup, where they failed to reach the final and the semi-final respectively.

Naqvi’s first major challenge as the PCB chairman will be to oversee the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which is scheduled to start on February 17. The PSL is the most lucrative and prestigious event for Pakistan cricket, and Naqvi will have to ensure its smooth and successful conduct.

Naqvi, 45, is a politician and a media person by profession. He was appointed as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab in January 2023, ahead of the general elections. He has been serving in that capacity for over a year, as the elections were delayed due to various reasons. He is expected to step down as the caretaker chief minister later this week, when the elections are held on February 8.

Naqvi does not have any prior experience or background in cricket or cricket administration. However, he said he was passionate about the game and hoped to work with all the stakeholders to improve the cricketing structure and culture in the country. He also said he would seek guidance and advice from former cricketers and experts to make informed decisions.

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