LAHORE: Shaharyar Mohammad Khan was elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman unanimously by the Board of Governors at a special meeting here on Monday. He has taken charge with immediate effect. This is his second term as PCB chief. Shaharyar, 80, was the only person to file a nomination for the post of board chairman by the August 15 deadline. Being the only nominee, he was expected to be voted in unopposed. “Under Paragraph 7 (2) & (3) of the PCB Constitution 2014, a special meeting of the PCB Board of Governors for the election of chairman was held at National Cricket Academy Lahore. Shaharyar, the sole candidate for the office, has been unanimously elected as PCB chairman and shall assume charge with immediate effect,” PCB election commissioner Justice (r) Muhammad Sair Ali said in a statement.
Shaharyar, a former diplomat, has started his second innings in the PCB after serving it from 2003 to 2006. Shaharyar’s previous three-year tenure ended in 2006 when Pakistan, under captaincy of Inzamamul Haq, forfeited a Test match against England. Earlier this month Supreme Court of Pakistan had directed the federal government to hold fresh elections after previous chairmen Najam Sethi and Zaka Ashraf were involved in various court cases since May 2013. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also patron of the PCB, had appointed Sethi and Shaharyar directly on the Board of Governors.
“I want to put Pakistan cricket on the right path and do some things which I couldn’t do in my first tenure, like strengthening grassroots cricket and to have school and university cricket,” Shaharyar told reporters after assuming charge. The PCB recently reworked its constitution, changing the structure of the Governing Board and making the appointment of the chairman more democratic. The chairman has to be elected from among those on the PCB’s Board of Governors. The election brings to an end the long-running uncertainty over the leadership of the PCB. There had been multiple changes of leadership in the PCB since May 2013, when Zaka became the first elected PCB chairman. The Islamabad High Court termed those elections ‘dubious’ and Sethi was put in charge by the federal government. Zaka and Sethi were then alternately reappointed and sacked from the post several times.
Shaharyar’s previous stint as PCB chief began in December 2003. Then, too, the board was in some turmoil, with allegations of nepotism and financial mismanagement rife, and he quickly took action to repair its reputation. When Pakistan team were penalised for ball tampering, Shaharyar was criticised then for not handling the players with enough authority. Previously he had a distinguished career in foreign-service. But his experience as foreign secretary was credited as being instrumental in reviving Pakistan-India ties in 1999. Then Pakistan toured India after a gap of 12 years, with Shaharyar as team manager.
Shaharyar Khan’s career at a glance
1: Pakistan’s team manager for the 1999 India tour and 2003 World Cup
2: PCB chairman between 2003 and 2006
3: The Oval ball-tampering controversy happened during his tenure, and he was criticised for his handling of it
4: Younus Khan resigned from the captaincy during his tenure, saying he didn’t want to be a figurehead
5: Pakistan’s high commissioner to the UK between 1987 and 1990
6: Pakistan’s foreign secretary between 1990 and 1994
7: Pakistan’s ambassador to Jordan and France
8: One of the key figures in Pakistan’s diplomatic relations with India