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LAHORE: The tenure of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani will expire on August 24. The country’s cricket governing body will have its new chairman by the first week of September. The PCB patron and the country’s premier Imran Khan has to appoint two members for the Governing Board of them one will be acting as next chairman of the Board after elections. According to sources Mani, also a former ICC chief, is expected to meet with the Prime Minister Imran Khan in the next few days.
According to sources Mani will brief the premier about the challenges the PCB is facing and how important it is for him (Mani) to stick to the Board as its head for the next tenure. Sources said that it is not yet known whether Mani would be given another chance but he will definitely make a last-ditch effort to convince the premier that his stay will help the PCB to earn hosting rights for some future major events for which the Board has already submitted its bids.
Sources said that Mani’s re-election as the Board’s new chairman cannot be ruled out as he has strong relations with the PCB patron and the Prime Minister Imran Khan. He is still a trusted man of the the premier, a source stressed. Sources said that former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja is also expected to become the new PCB boss. Sources said that the former Test opener has strong links with the Khan’s family. Ramiz, also a cricket commentator, is very close to Imran’s close relative Majid Khan, also a former Test batsman. Sources said that Majid likes Ramiz and has also recommended his name for the PCB chief. Justice (retd) Azmat Saeed has already been appointed as election commissioner for the PCB chief elections.