LAHORE -UNS – Former International Cricket Council (ICC) head Ehsan Mani on Tuesday has been made Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Mani was elected unopposed during the Board of Governors (BoG) meeting at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. He will perform his duties for a period of three years.
Najam Sethi Resigns
Najam Aziz Sethi had tendered resignation as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman.
Najam posted on Twitter, “I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done today. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength. Eid Mubarak. Pakistan Zindabad.”
“In order to facilitate your objectives in interest of Pakitan cricket, I hereby submit my resignation as PCB chairman and member of BoG,” he stated.
Sethi was nominated to the Board of Governors of PCB (as per board’s Constitution of 2014 approved by ICC and Supreme Court of Pakistan) by ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from 2014 to 2017 and then again from 2017 to 2010 by former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
He was unanimously elected PCB Chief in August 2017 by all ten members of BoG for a three-year term ending in 2020.
Who is Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani was introduced to the cricketing world back in 1989 as the Pakistan Cricket Board s representative to the ICC. Hailing from Rawalpindi, Mani moved to the UK after completing his graduation from Lahore. His financial background attracted the PCB, and his meteoric ascent since to the upper echelons of cricket administration has gone almost unnoticed.
His reputation as a chartered accountant and accepted financial czar helped his election to the ICC presidency. His determination to succeed can be evinced in the number of ICC committees and projects he has been involved in. He worked on the Chairman s Advisory Committee, set up to advise Lord Cowdrey and Sir Clyde Walcott during their tenures.
His paper on the sharing of World Cup revenues had a major impact on the financial arrangements of the ICC and its members. He played a key role in the organisation of the 1996 World Cup, and has also served on the Asian Cricket Council.
Mani negotiated the sale of the media rights of the ICC during his time as Director of the ICC Finance and Marketing Committee. His stint as director from 96 until his elevation to vice-president and president-elect in July 2002, was as influential as Dalmiya s in bringing money into the game. One thing he does share with his Asian predecessor, with whom he is close, is political cunning, drive and ambition.