After Imran Khan was ousted from office by a vote of no-confidence, becoming the first prime minister in Pakistan’s history to be deposed by a parliamentary revolt, the winds of change have begun to blow at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
According to insiders, Najam Sethi’s chances of being re-elected as chairman of the cricket board are good, while current chairman Ramiz Raja is expected to retire on his own soon (claim of close circles).
As history has shown, after a power shift, change is unavoidable. Najam Sethi is linked to Shahbaz Sharif, the opposition leader and prospective new Prime Minister. He is eager to return to the cricket board, and preliminary discussions have already taken place.
Najam, 73, was appointed chairman in 2013 but had to fight Chaudhry Muhammad Zaka Ashraf in court. In 2014, he returned to the helm, although Shahryar Khan was chosen chairman and Sethi was sent to the influential executive committee. He wielded the most authority behind the scenes.
He was re-appointed chairman of the board in August 2017, but he stood down a year later after Imran Khan was elected Prime Minister, and his successor, former ICC President Ehsan Mani, was named the new head of the cricket board.
Najam Sethi wants to tie up some unfinished business with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), as well as grow the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which he founded. Some of his close friends and family are also expected to return to PCB.