Shah Khawar Named Interim Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board

Shah Khawar

He is appointed temporarily with his primary responsibility of conducting the election

Vishal Singh Jan. 24, 2024

Shah Khawar, the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Election Commissioner, was recently named the organization's acting head. On Wednesday, Shah Khawar took over as the board's acting Chief Executive Officer.

After the humbling losses to New Zealand and Australia, Zaka Ashraf resigned as chairman of the PCB Management Committee. Following his resignation, Mohsin Naqvi was named PCB leader by acting Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar.

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On Wednesday, though, Shah Khawar took over at the PCB headquarters in Lahore. Officially, the senior attorney will remain in that role until the following Board elections. Mohsin Naqvi will carry out his duties as a PCB governing body member in the interim.

Clause 2 of Article 7 of the PCB Constitution states that full authority passes to the Chief Election Commissioner upon the vacancy of the Chairman post. According to the constitution, the Commissioner must hold the board elections within four weeks so that the elected chairman can take office one week later.

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It is expected that the elections will happen in the upcoming month, most likely during the first week of February. Mohsin Naqvi intends to run for the chairmanship, which will carry a three-year term if won, while Khawar is anticipated to supervise the PCB elections. By the general elections, Mohsin would vacate his position as Punjab's acting chief minister.

Our Cricket Structure Is Not Continuous - Javed Miandad

The renowned Javed Miandad showed his concerns over Pakistan cricket's unstable situation, pointing out the team's frequent leadership changes. Miandad underlined that players' confidence is impacted by these frequent appointments.

“I have not seen cricket governance anywhere in the world as we see in Pakistan and these state of affairs are really sad,” Miandad told the media.
“I don’t think anywhere such frequent appointments and changes in cricket are made and it only means that we don’t have continuity in our cricket structure and more importantly the players don’t gain confidence,” he added.
“Since last year we have had a really bad time in terms of our team’s performances and people who do not know about cricket sit and make decisions that affect the entire structure in the country.”.

Pakistan had difficulties in the previous year, performing poorly in both the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup. The team finished 5th in the 2023 ODI World Cup and was not able to advance to the Asia Cup final. All formats saw the captain, Babar Azam, as stepping down from his position.

After being transferred to the National Cricket Academy, Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick tendered their resignations. Wahab Riaz became the head of the selection committee, and former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez became the team director.

Pakistan suffered a 1-4 loss in the five-match T20I series against New Zealand, following a 3-0 defeat in the Test series against Australia. The Pakistan team’s next assignment will be a five-match T20I series in England in the month of May.