Ehsan Mani (Chairman of the PCB) raises doubts:
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani is set to stay in his position for the next three years, but the notification concerning his extension has yet to be published, despite Prime Minister Imran Khan’s approval more than 50 days ago.
Mani visited Imran on June 21, following which word of the former’s extension was leaked to the media, supposedly by the PCB itself, although there have been perfect silence since that day.
According to sources, when one high-level PCB official addressed the government regarding the cause for the delay in notifying about the extension, the former was told categorically that such questions are not permitted.
The Pakistan team’s poor performance in England, as well as the mismanagement of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), has irritated several top government officials. On the one hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) exerted pressure on overseas players not to compete in the event, while the PCB also removed its centrally contracted players.
Meanwhile, the PCB’s choice of language in an email sent to HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) clubs in response to the latter’s worries over the KPL was also deemed inappropriate, according to sources.
Despite rumors that the government is considering other candidates for the position of chairman, the PCB claims that PM Imran has entire faith in Mani and that he would stay in his position unless he decides to step down himself.
It should be mentioned that Mani was nominated for the role by Prime Minister Imran Khan in August 2018. After the September 4 elections, he was sworn in for three years.
During Mani’s tenure, Pakistan’s team performance on an international level has been bad, and the HBL PSL has also suffered various challenges. However, the previous regime’s decision to bring international cricket back to Pakistan has not been reversed.