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Days After Spat With BCCI, Pakistan Government Sacks PCB Chief Ramiz Raja

© AP Photo / K.M. ChaudaryRamiz Raja, newly elected Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, gives a press conference, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.
Ramiz Raja, newly elected Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, gives a press conference, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. - Sputnik India, 1920, 22.12.2022
Ramiz Raja was appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by Imran Khan when the former cricketer was prime minister in September last year.
Former international cricketer who was in Imran Khan's 1992 World Cup-winning team, Ramiz Raja, has been removed as the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by the government run by recently appointed prime minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The South Asian nation's cricketing affairs will now be run by a 14-member committee, which will be chaired by former federal minister Najam Sethi.
A number of Pakistani newspapers, including leading news organization Dawn - and not to mention Sethi himself - confirmed the development on Thursday.

"The cricket regime headed by Ramiz Raja is no more. The 2014 PCB constitution stands restored. The Management Committee will work tirelessly to revive first-class cricket. Thousands of cricketers will be employed again. The famine in cricket will come to an end," Sethi tweeted.

Raja's sacking comes days after his endless public criticism of the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the Indian Cricket Team's participation in next year's Asia Cup in Pakistan.
After BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed that the Men in Blue will not travel to Pakistan to take part in the 2023 Asia Cup, Raja threatened to pull out of next year's Cricket World Cup in India.
"If Pakistan doesn't take part in the World Cup scheduled in India next year, who will watch it? We have a clear stand: If the Indian team comes here then we will go for the World Cup. If they don't come then they can play the World Cup without us," Raja told a local news channel after tensions between the two boards escalated last month.
Raja also came under fire from several former Pakistan cricketers after the Babar Azam-led side's humiliating 3-0 clean sweep in the recently concluded Test series against England this week.
What made the defeat all the more poignant is that it was Pakistan's first 3-0 loss in a Test series played at home.
Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body of the game, had slammed the PCB for preparing an extremely poor pitch in Rawalpindi for the opening Test match against the Three Lions.
In the contest, Ben Stokes and his men shattered a 112-year world record, becoming the first side to cross the 500-run mark on the first day of the Test match there.
England's mega milestone came after four English batters hit centuries to cruise to a score of 506/4 at the close of play on Day 1 of the Test which the tourists eventually won by 74 runs. Subsequently, the pitch was rated as "below average" and the venue was handed one demerit point according to the rules of the ICC.
This is Sethi's second stint at the helm of the PCB having already served as chairman from 2013 to 2014.