Pakistan news August 18, 2014

Shaharyar Khan elected PCB chairman

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shaharyar Khan has been named chairman of the PCB, after he was elected unanimously by the board of governors at a special meeting in Lahore on Monday. He will take charge of the Pakistan board with immediate effect. This is his second term as PCB chief.

Khan, 80, was the only person to file a nomination for the post of board chairman by the August 15 deadline. Being the only nominee, he was expected to be voted in unopposed.

The PCB recently reworked its constitution, changing the structure of the governing board and making the appointment of the chairman more democratic. The chairman has to be elected from among those on the PCB's board of governors. Khan and Najam Sethi, who had headed and been ousted from the board several times over the past year, were added to the board of governors earlier this month by acting chairman Muhammad Sair Ali.

The election should, in theory at least, bring to an end the long-running uncertainty over the leadership of the PCB. There had been multiple changes of leadership in the PCB since May 2013, when Zaka Ashraf became the first elected PCB chairman. The Islamabad High Court termed those elections 'dubious' and Sethi was put in charge by the government. Ashraf and Sethi were then alternately reappointed and sacked from the post several times.

Khan's previous stint as PCB chief began in December 2003. Then, too, the board was in some turmoil, with allegations of nepotism and financial mismanagement rife, and he quickly took action to repair its reputation. He was in charge when Pakistan forfeited The Oval Test in 2006, after being penalised for ball tampering, and he was criticised then for not handling the players with enough authority. Previously, he had a distinguished political career, including a stint as Pakistan's foreign secretary.

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  • aziz on August 19, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Sheharyar Khan made two announcements. The captain and coach to continue till the WC and there will be no inquiry into the reason for the whitewash against Sri-Lanka. Meantime the selectors have recalled Irfan. This is not a good decision as Irfan is not yet fully fit. The selectors must save him for the WC. Yasir Arafat and Sohail Tanvir can be recalled. People of Pakistan must know that these selectors are no good, they take dictations from the higher ups. Pakistan team needs a strong captain and coach cum consultant who should also select the best team on merit. The Akmal brothers, Shoaib Malik, M. Hafeez and Imran Farhat are using back door channels to get back into the team. That would be curtains for Pakistan who will eventually be relegated in an associate member of ICC thus having the same fate as hockey.

  • Absar on August 19, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    I dont understand, how come people of Pakistan can not differentiate between cricket on field & managing cricketing matters,he is one of the best option right now, If he is not a first class cricketer,no issue, he has to run the institution not go in the field and play cricket. If Misbah can be a captain at 40 , why not chairman can be of 80. 20 year player can be unfit & out of the side and on he other hand 80 year man can be fit physically & mentally.

  • Malik on August 19, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Shahryar is now an Elected Chairman of PCB. He is a nice gentleman with vast experience of handling important matters. So, instead of comparing him with others, lets hope he would deliver for the betterment of cricket in Pakistan. I am hopeful he will.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    another bad decision... PCB is going in a wrong direction

  • Android on August 18, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    @cricketchat... age has nothing to do with management..although he will be powerless in decision making coz the decisions will be made by the governing board of PCB

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Really Ejaz don't you know Shaharyar Khan was in charge of the PCB during the forfeited Oval Test in 2006...!!!

  • Arif on August 18, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    CricketChat. The job requires the individual to be competent, regardless of age. Mr. Khan did an excellent job as an admin and lead the PCB well during the tenure. It's a pity the oval saga put an end to his career otherwise, he would have done much better job than the likes of Sethi, Ijaz Butt etc. Let's support him.

  • Steve on August 18, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Nothing against Shaharyar becoming PCB chairman at 80. Can't Pak find a younger man who is more conversant with modern game and its demands to lead PCB? Pak always fascinates me with their unpredictability. Also, makes me like them.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Shahryar Khan has been an excellent career diplomat. He is very good in negotiation. I hope it would improve our relations with all the other boards and take cricket bake to our fields.

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