Rashid Latif May Assume Role Of PCB Chairman
Former Pakistan cricket captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif are reportedly being considered for the role of Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Reports indicate that Rashid Latif is among several contenders being considered for the chairmanship position of the PCB.
The vacancy for the position arose when Zaka Ashraf resigned as Chairman of the PCB Management Committee during a meeting with committee members. Ashraf officially announced his decision to step down from the chairmanship and as a member of the Management Committee, conveying his resignation to the Patron Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar.
Expressing gratitude, Ashraf thanked the PCB Patron for placing trust in him and conveyed his best wishes for the advancement of Pakistan cricket. It is reported that Chief Election Commissioner Shah Khawar could potentially take over the PCB temporarily until general elections. Other strong candidates for the chairmanship include Mustafa Ramday, Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, Rashid Latif, and Najam Sethi.
Ashraf had joined the PCB’s Board of Governors on July 6, taking over as Chairman on the same day, replacing Najam Sethi. During the committee meeting, he remarked, “I was working for the betterment of cricket, but we can’t work in this way.” He further stated that the decision to nominate his successor now rests with Prime Minister Kakar.
In another development earlier this week, the PCB Management Committee meeting in Karachi was postponed at the request of the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination. The agenda for the meeting included various matters, such as the formation of the Board of Governors.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Kakar had extended the term of the Ashraf-led Management Committee for three months in November 2023, with the term originally set to conclude in the first week of February. The current situation signals a significant shift in the leadership of the PCB, and the selection of a new Chairman will have implications for the future direction of Pakistan cricket administration.