Najam Sethi would succeed Ramiz Raja as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), according to reports.
The news comes as Imran Khan was ousted as Pakistan’s prime minister on Sunday after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament. Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), is expected to succeed Khan as prime minister on Monday.
According to local media reports, Raja will shortly resign as chairman of the PCB. The PCB chairman is now in Dubai for a meeting of the ICC Board of Directors.
Reports citing sources have said that as Sethi was close to Shehbaz Sharif, he was eager to return to the cricket board, with preliminary discussions having already begun.
When Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister in 2018, the former PCB chairman, Sethi, stood down. In 2017, he had been appointed to a three-year term, but his strained relationship with Khan forced him to resign early. In 2013 and 2014, Sethi served as chairman of the PCB.
When the Pakistan Super League (PSL) debuted in 2016, Sethi served as its chairman.
According to reports, Sethi intends to complete his unfinished work and is also keen on growing the PSL brand, while some of his close associates are also expected to return.
In September of last year, Raja, a former Pakistan captain and 1992 World Cup winner, was overwhelmingly and unopposed elected as the PCB’s 36th chairman for a three-year tenure.