Ramiz Raja is likely to step down as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman after Imran Khan lost the no-trust motion in the National Assembly, Pakistani media reported citing sources. Ramiz Raja, who is considered close to the ex-Prime Minister, may announce his resignation after meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai, Geo News reported citing a Pakistani publication.
“Ramiz had only agreed to become chairman of Imran’s insistence, for which all players who played during his captaincy, including Ramiz, have a lot of respect and respect,” said a source well aware of developments on Sunday.
“Ramiz was well-versed in a career as a commentator, television personality and expert and was busy with assignments. But at Imran’s insistence, he agreed to put aside all his media contacts and become chairman of the board,” says the source.
“Ramiz had also made it clear to the Prime Minister that he would only remain on the board until he (Imran Khan) became Prime Minister.”
The source said that with Imran now deposed as prime minister, who is also the board’s patron and directly nominates the chairman for a formal election process, it is highly unlikely that Ramiz would stay unless the new prime minister wants him to continue. with his job.
Since Ramiz took over as PCB chairman in September, 2021, he has made many changes to the board and also followed up on Imran’s insistence on a domestic cricket structure based on just six first-class provincial teams.
Shortly after taking the lead, he made it clear to Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis that they were no longer needed as head coaches and bowling coaches for the national team and should resign.
Ramiz also asked the head of the Lahore High Performance Center, Grant Bradburn, and some other coaches to resign.
His biggest move was to create circumstances where Wasim Khan resigned as CEO of the board.
Since then, Ramiz has brought in a new CEO, but with Imran’s government gone, it remains to be seen what will happen to the new appointments to the board, as it is no secret that political changes are also of great importance to Pakistan’s cricket lineup. up.
“If Shahbaz Sharif becomes the new prime minister, then there is a high probability that he can convey to Ramiz that his services are no longer needed and return Najam Sethi to lead the board,” the source said.
But without any international or domestic commitments for the national team until June, changes in the board will not affect cricket business.
Sethi resigned shortly after Imran won the last general election because he never agreed with the former captain in political matters.