PCB management committee approves Ramiz Raja's pension request - sources

Former Test cricketer was dismissed as PCB chairman last December

January 07, 2023
Najam Sethi (L) and Ramiz Raja (R) - PCB

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s management committee approved former chairman Ramiz Raja's pension request, sources told Geo News

During his tenure as PCB chairman, Raja raised former Test cricketers' pension by PKR1 lakh. As per services rules, Raja couldn't take pension during chairmanship. 

But, as soon as the former Test cricketer was removed from the position, he applied for pension. Now, sources confirmed that the current management has approved his request and Raja will start receiving PKR154,000 monthly as pension. 

It must be noted here that Raja was sacked from PCB chairmanship just days after the national team suffered a humiliating first-ever 3-0 home Test series whitewash at the hands of England, according to a government notice.

But a change had been on the cards since April, when Imran Khan — a former national captain — was ousted as prime minister and replaced by Shehbaz Sharif.

Raja, a member of Khan's 1992 World Cup-winning side, was appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in September last year.

A government notice seen by AFP said Sharif´s cabinet had dismissed Raja, and the PCB would now be run by a 14-member committee headed by Najam Sethi, who has twice served as chairman.

The government notice also said the current constitution of the board has been scrapped, and one dating from 2014 revived.

The committee will have 120 days to change the constitution and elect a new chairman.

Khan came under fire for changing the PCB´s constitution in 2019 — in particular for abolishing the role of government departments and private entities in first-class cricket, leaving hundreds unemployed.