Former ICC president Ehsan Mani officially elected PCB chairman
Ehsan Mani, 73, was ICC president from 2003-06 and has held various roles in cricket. @Getty

Ehsan Mani, the former ICC president, has unanimously been elected as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday, with the board confirming his appointment in a brief press release.

Mani, who previously represented the PCB at the ICC from 1989 to 1996, was officially elected today during the PCB Board of Governors (BoG) meeting at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. His term will be for three tears.

Mani had last month been nominated by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as a member of the PCB’s governing body, following the resignation of Najam Sethi after a four-year term. Sethi had been nominated by the BoG (as per the PCB constitution approved by the ICC and Pakistan’s Supreme Court) by former PM Nawaz Sharif from 2014-2017 and then from 2017-2020 by former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

As per the constitution, the Pakistan PM is the patron of the PCB and can replace the chairman at his discretion. With Imran and Sethi not enjoying a good relationship with Sethi, the matter of him continuing as PCB chairman was a non-discussion. From the time Imran, who led Pakistan to their first and last World Cup victory in 1992 before he retired, appointed Mani last week, the elections on September 4 were a formality.

Mani, 73, was ICC president from 2003-06 and has held various roles in cricket. He was a member of PILCOM, the organising committee for the 1996 World Cup co-hosted by Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka and director of the ICC’s Finance and Marketing Committee from 1996 to 2002 until he was elected ICC president.