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Axe falls on Ramiz Raja following England’s clean sweep; Najam Sethi takes over as PCB chairman

Ramiz Raja was fired after Pakistan was beaten 3-0 by England and he has been removed by the present government, and a new 14-member committee, headed by Najam Sethi, is set to run the cricket board for the next four months.

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Karachi: Ramiz Raja, the current chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), was fired after Pakistan was beaten 3-0 by England. He has been removed by the present government, and a new 14-member committee, headed by Najam Sethi, is set to run the cricket board for the next four months.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif issued the notification, which was formally approved by the cabinet.

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Sharif, who is the patron-in-chief of the PCB, had decided to appoint Sethi as the new chairman of the PCB.

Earlier, Sethi served the PCB as CEO between 2013 and 2018, but resigned after Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of the country.

However, an official statement has not been issued from the PCB regarding the removal of Raja. Pakistan’s next assignment is a Test series against New Zealand, starting in Karachi on December 26.

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The notification mentions that the PM has “reviewed” the 2014 constitution of the PCB and dissolved the prevailing constitution made in 2019.

According to the notification, Sethi will be the head of the management committee; other members included in this group are former Pakistan players Shahid Afridi, Haroon Rasheed, Shafqat Rana, and former women’s team captain Sana Mir.

The notification was unveiled several hours before the announcement of the Pakistani squad by the PCB for the upcoming series against New Zealand, which has been touring Pakistan after a long gap of 19 years.

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