Syed Mohsin Naqvi has been elected as the new chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday, February 6. Naqvi is the 37th chairman of PCB. He has taken over this post in place of Zaka Ashraf.
Zaka Ashraf had resigned after chairing the Managing Committee meeting in Lahore on January 19. Since then the chairman's chair in the board was vacant. Ashraf took charge in place of Najam Sethi in July 2023. His tenure was to end in February this year. Naqvi, 45, is currently the acting Chief Minister of Punjab. He was nominated to the Board of Governors for the position vacated by Ashraf.
While lacking experience in cricket management, Mohsin Naqvi is a highly regarded personality in Pakistan, given his administrative and corporate background. Born on October 28, 1978, in Lahore, he pursued his early education at Crescent Model School and completed his graduation from the Government College University as per the data available in the public domain.
Subsequently, Naqvi ventured to the United States Of America for higher education in media sciences. Later he joined CNN as a producer in the USA and eventually ascended to the role of Regional Head of South Asia. In 2009, he founded City Media Group, which currently oversees six TV channels and a newspaper in Pakistan.
Appointed as a member of the governing board by PCB's chief patron Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on January 22, 2024, Naqvi was previously designated as the caretaker chief minister of Pakistan by the Election Commission of Pakistan. Despite his new role with the PCB, he is expected to remain in his position as caretaker chief minister for at least a few months.
Naqvi's initial major responsibility will be overseeing the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League, set to commence on February 17. The league remains a pivotal and financially significant event for Pakistan cricket each year.
Another critical task for the new chairman involves the organisation of the only ICC event that Pakistan has been granted this decade. The 2025 ICC Champions Trophy is slated to be hosted in the country, necessitating substantial logistical and administrative preparations, including the construction of suitable facilities capable of accommodating up to eight teams simultaneously. Pakistan has not hosted an event of such magnitude since the 1996 World Cup.