Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has tendered his resignation to the Patron-in-Chief of the board, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. He is likely to step down from the post after the upcoming ICC annual conference in June.
Shaharyar Khan has cited personal and health issues as the reasons behind his decision. However, ESPNCricinfo reported they have learnt that the 83-year old was under pressure to make way for the former PCB boss and current chairman of PCB Executive Committee, Najam Sethi.
Shaharyar Khan’s three-year tenure is due to expire in August, he intended to quit the post immediately, however, his presence in the ICC annual meeting in June is vital as the cricket governing body is reconstructing the constitution.
“I have taken the board in confidence and conveyed my decision that I will not continue after our mandate is ending on August 18,” Shaharyar told reporters after chairing a board meeting in Lahore.
“I will not continue after it as chairman or as in any other capacity and it’s my decision on the basis of personal and health reasons. I have also written to the Patron of PCB who is Prime Minister that I am ready to resign and whenever he deems reasonable he can accept it. And thereafter whatever the legal process constituted, allow it to exercised to bring in my successor,” he added.
However, his resignation is not yet accepted by the PM of Pakistan, if he accepts it before the ICC annual conference, the Patron-in-Chief will have to represent PCB in the meeting and will have to work as a BoG member till August of this year.
But if he accepts, the legal procedure will kick off and a fresh election will take place under the supervision of PCB’s Election Commissioner for the appointment of a new chairman. As per the legal procedure, any BoG member can participate in the election, though Najam sethi seems to be the favourite to head the PCB after Khan steps down.
Sethi has been appointed as PCB chairman twice before, from June 2013 to January 2014 and from February 2014 to May 2014 before being removed by the Supreme Court after a legal battle with Zaka Ashraf.