Ramiz Raja out, Sethi interim Pakistan Cricket Board head
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has been sacked as chairman of the country’s cricket board (PCB)after the 0-3 Test series whitewash by England, his interim replacement Najam Sethi said on Thursday.
Raja, who played more than 250 international matches from 1984 to 1997, had taken over from Ehsan Mani who stepped down from the role in 2021.
“The cricket regime headed by Ramiz Raja is no more. The 2014 PCB constitution stands restored,” Sethi, who previously served as the head of the PCB, said on Twitter.
The Dawn newspaper said on Wednesday that Sethi will head a new 14-member committee that includes former Pakistan cricketers Shahid Afridi and Sana Mir for the next four months until elections are held.
“The Management Committee will work tirelessly to revive first-class cricket. Thousands of cricketers will be employed again. The famine in cricket will come to an end,” Sethi said.
Raja enjoyed a fairly successful stint, convincing Australia to tour Pakistan earlier this year for the first time since 1998 after New Zealand and England cancelled tours in 2021, citing security concerns.
Raja’s exit was only a matter of time after former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had appointed him last year, was ousted in April after losing a confidence vote in parliament. Losing the Test series to England hastened it. The Pakistan Prime Minister is the patron of the PCB.