Najam Sethi resigns as PCB chairman

Sethi a journalist and a publisher first became chairman of the PCB in 2013

Sethi a journalist and a publisher first became chairman of the PCB in 2013

Minutes after Najam Sethi announced his resignation as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, new Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday appointed former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani as the new board chairman.

On his Twitter, he wrote on Monday that he has replaced Najam Sethi with Ehsan Mani as PCB chairman.

"I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done today", Mr Sethi tweeted.

"I have appointed Ehsan Mani as Chairman PCB".

"(Mani) brings vast and valuable experience to the job", Khan tweeted.

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"As per the constitution of PCB, in case the chairman's post is vacant, the chief election commissioner takes charge of board affairs", Haider said. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength.

Sethi addressed his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, which states: "You have said on many occasions you have a vision for Pakistan cricket".

He also vowed to "wipe out" nepotism from the cricket body, a promise in line with the new government's agenda.

Pakistani cricket enjoyed a golden period under Sethi's management, winning the ICC Champions Trophy and shooting up the global rankings to become the number one team in T20 internationals, cricket's shortest format.

Sethi also introduced the Pakistan Super League (PSL), based on the franchise model of the Indian Premier League and Australia's Big Bash League, and made it a huge success. Several high-profile matches featuring foreign players were also played on Pakistani soil under Sethi's leadership, seen as major steps in resuming regular worldwide cricket in the country - halted after a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in the eastern city of Lahore.

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