A day after the squad was swept by England in a historic Test series on home soil, Ramiz Raja allegedly lost his job as head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). According to a number of Pakistani media sources, Najam Sethi would succeed Raja as the next leader.
The selection of Sethi as the new chairman of the PCB was approved by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who also serves as the boards patron, in accordance with the PCB constitution. The board of governors must elect one of the individuals the prime minister nominates for the position of chairman.
Najam Aziz Sethi, a writer and businessman from Pakistan, is said to be an experienced administrator. Prior to former Prime Minister Imran Khan taking office as head of the country, he held the position of chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Sethi, a seasoned journalist, is also the creator of Vanguard Books and The Friday Times. He performed the administrative duties of acting Chief Minister of Punjab and Federal Minister of Pakistan.
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Beginning his political career, Najam Sethi was a part of the socialist movement that fought for Baluchistans rights. He was detained in 1975 and released in 1978. As a result, he retired from politics and founded progressive book publisher Vanguard Books.
Sethi received the Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers in 2009 and the International Press Freedom Award in 1999. His appointment as the temporary Chief Minister of Pakistans Punjab province in 2013 was authorised by the selection committee, which included representatives from the ruling and opposition political parties, but he departed the post only a few months later.
In 2015, the Islamabad High Court ordered the appointment of an interim chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) while a case involving the current chairman, Zaka Ashraf, was resolved. At the time, Pakistans then-prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, named Najam Sethi as the PCBs acting chairman.
Later, Zaka Ashraf was exonerated by a two-judge Islamabad high court panel and his appointment as PCB chairman was reinstated. Sethi then gave up his position as chairman.
He was once more chosen as the chairman of the PCB on Wednesday by Shehbaz Sharif, the brother of Nawaz Sharif.