Who is Ehsan Mani? the new Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan has nominated Ehsan Mani as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The decision came just hours after the ex PCB chairman, Najam Sethi resigned from the post claiming that he was just ‘waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting resignation as the PCB chairman’.
It is important to note here that the step taken by Imran Khan is one of his first official moves after taking oath as Pakistan’s newest Prime Minister.
It is safe to say that Pakistan Cricket truly flourished under Najam Sethi but Khan promised that he would make changes and appoint deserved new faces according ‘to merit’ and since Najam Sethi had no qualification or background to run Pakistani Cricket he had to be removed.
Ehsan Mani has been in and around the Cricketing circuit for quite some time now and even though he has not remained in the limelight mainly because of his anti-politics approach, he has remained a prominent member of the International Cricket Council.
Ehsan Mani first represented the PCB from 1989 to 1996 after which he was elected by the ICC member nations to the position of Chairman of the ICC Finance and Marketing Committee mainly because of his ‘trusting and honest nature’. Mani remained as the Chairman until the year 2002 when the ICC dissolved the position altogether.
Mani also acted as the PCB representative in the advisory committee for the Cricket World Cup tournaments of 1996 and 1999.
Ehsan Mani took over as the Vice President (VP) of the ICC Executive Board in 2002. Apart from this, Ehsan Mani also served in a number of committees such as the Chairman s Advisory Committee, set up to advice Lord Cowdrey and Sir Clyde Walcott.
Other committees he has been a part of were the Rules Review Committee and the Governance and Organisation Committee.
Imran’s newest appointee saw the highest point of his career when he was appointed the President of the International Cricket Council in 2003. Ehsan Mani served as the head for three years before he stepped down in 2006.
Being one of the best Cricketers the world has ever seen himself, Prime Minister Imran Khan would have thought long and hard into making the decision of nominating Mani as the new chairman but will the decision bear fruit? Only time will tell.