Rameez Raja may lose the chair of PCB CEO

Published: Friday, May 28, 2004, 21:12 [IST]
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Islamabad:Under-fire for his dual role as a TV commentator and CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Rameez Raja is on his way out and likely to be replaced with a retired bureaucrat.

Although there has been no official announcement to this effect, it was reported that PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had got the green signal from President Pervez Musharraf to revamp the Board set-up and "make changes at the top".

The papers said Shaharyar has decided to appoint Abu Shamim Arif, a retired bureaucrat, in place of Raja shortly.The PCB chief had met Musharraf, who is also the chief patron of the PCB, two days ago and discussed a host of issues including the recently concluded India-Pak cricket series as well as plans to improve domestic cricket structure.

Raja and Shaharyar have apparently not been getting along well ever since the latter took over in December last year, local daily Dawn said in a report.

Shaharyar, a former foreign secretary, has been open in his disapproval of Raja's dual role as he felt it was a conflict of interests.

Despite the PCB chief's displeasure, Raja declined to quit as commentator for broadcasters Ten Sports on the ground that the post of CEO was honorary and he was not on the payrolls of the PCB while he made a living out of his commentator's job.

Shaharyar has picked Abu Shamin for the coveted post as he was close friend of his. The PCB chief, it was reported, was keen that the post should be held only by some one whom he trusted.

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