Ramiz Raja formally elected as PCB chairman

Former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja has formally been elected PCB chairman for a term of three years after winning unopposed.

FILE PHOTO: Ramiz Raja has taken over as the new Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.   -  Action Images via Reuters

Former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja has formally been elected PCB chairman for a term of three years after winning unopposed.

This is Raja's second stint with the PCB. He had served as the board's chief executive from 2003 to 2004.

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Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan - and the PCB's patron-in-chief had nominated former teammate Raja and Asad Ali Khan for the post.

The 59-year-old commentator, who was part of Pakistan's 1992 World Cup-winning squad, has become the fourth international cricketer to head the PCB after Abdul Hafeez Kardar (1972-1977), Javed Burki (1994-1995) and Ijaz Butt (2008-2011).

Raja's predecessor, Ehsan Mani, had refused to accept a short-term extension after his three-year tenure ended last month.

"One of my key focuses will be to help introduce in the Pakistan men's cricket team the same culture, mindset, attitude and approach that once made Pakistan one of the most feared cricket playing nations," Raja said in a PCB statement.

"Obviously, as a former cricketer, my other priority will be to look into the welfare of our past and present cricketers.

"The game has and will always be about the cricketers and, as such, they deserve more recognition and respect from their parent institution."

Last week, PCB announced that head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis had stepped down from their respective roles, shortly after the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup was named.

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