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Reports in Pakistani media have claimed that legendary pacer Wasim Akram had also shown interest in the job of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman after the tenure of Ehsan Mani came to an end recently. However, patron-in-chief of Pakistan cricket and Prime Minister Imran Khan went with former teammate Ramiz Raja.
Akram, who is an influential member of the PCB’s Cricket Committee and also Director cricket/coach with the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, is presently in Australia with his wife and daughter.
As per sources, Wasim Akram’s name was also in contention at one point in time, and he was a top candidate to replace Ehsan Mani and he also showed interest. However past history came in way of his and the PCB chairman’s job.
Wasim Akram Was Also Considered For The Chairman’s Post
According to a PCB insider aware of the developments leading up to the nomination of Ramiz as chairman, the former great also expressed interest in the position.
“It is true Wasim Akram was also considered for the chairman’s post and had also indicated his interest but, apparently, the prime minister was advised that Ramiz would be a better choice as he had no past baggage to carry with him,” the source claimed.
Akram was one of the major names who were at the focus of the match-fixing accusations with other Pakistan players in the 1990s and was also fined for not collaborating with a judicial inquiry commission on the fixing allegations in 2000.
Although several match-fixing investigations including the Justice Malik Qayyum commission between 1995 and 2000, never found Akram guilty of any wrongdoing, the allegations surrounding him did affected him personally. Akram has always denied the allegations and claimed innocence and upheld that he has not accepted any offers to work in the PCB because of his other commitments.
“But this time Wasim had shown interest but eventually the premier settled upon Ramiz who has never come under the shadow of match-fixing allegations as a player or captain,” the source said.
Interestingly Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Ramiz Raja were all part of the 1992 World Cup-winning Pakistani team and have captained Pakistan at various points of their international careers.
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