The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Pakistani Cricket’s governing body, has announced that Shah Khawar will serve as its new chair.

Khawar will take on the position on an interim basis in order to take charge of conducting the election to find the next long-term PCB chair.

He replaces former three-time PCB chair Zaka Asraf, who stepped down from the role, as well as his position on the PCB’s board of governors (BoG), earlier in January.

Khawar, who also serves as the election commissioner of the PCB, will likely use his powers as chair to expedite the coming election process for a permanent chair within the coming month.

An advocate of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, Khawar has stepped down from this role to take charge of the PCB, a choice that was accepted by Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar, who is also patron-in-chief of the PCB.

The PCB has been without a permanent chair since Ramiz Raja was removed from the role in December 2022 by then-Pakistani Prime Minister Sherbaz Sharif following legendary former cricketer Imran Khan’s removal as Prime Minister in April 2022.

Over the coming month, Khawar will also look to complete the PCB’s BoG before the election.

Khawar’s appointment coincides with the appointment of Moshin Naqvi to the BoG, with the chief minister of the country’s Punjab region getting a direct appointment to the board in place of the resigning Zaka Ashraf.

Naqvi is considered the frontrunner for the coming PCB chair elections, although his expected election to the role may clash with Pakistan’s general elections, set to be held on February 8, and it is not yet understood how a potential government role will affect his potential ascension to PCB chair.