Mani removed as PCB chief after refusing to make Khawar Maneka middle-order batsman


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Prime Minister Imran Khan’s choice for Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board has been removed from the post even before he officially took the reigns of the office, The Dependent has learned.

Ehsan Mani, who was just recently nominated to be Chairman PCB has been sacked from the Board of Governors by the Prime Minister for not agreeing to include Khawar Maneka, the former husband of the current first lady, in the team as a middle-order batsman, The Dependent  can confirm.

“I don’t even know what happened” said Mani while speaking to The Dependent.

“I mean, it’s obviously a terrible idea but I hadn’t even refused when Imran fired me. He just seemed so agitated, and I just asked if he was sure and bam, I was out of a job” said a visibly shaken Mani.

“Yes it is true that Mani has been removed but I think the media is about to blow this out of proportion,” said information minister Fawad Chaudhry.

“You see the PM was well within his rights. Ever since Misbah and Younis have left, there has been a vacuum in the middle order and someone needs to fill it.”

“See that’s exactly the kind of innovation that the PTI is trying to bring in the country” he added when asked why a professional cricketer could not be used for the job.

“Mr Maneka is a seasoned officer, and has a lot of experience. Not in cricket, and he is arthritic, but his enthusiasm makes up for lack of technique and a solid back-foot defence.”

When asked whether such nepotism would be how the board would work from now on, Fawad Chaudhry rejected the idea.

“First of all, Mr Maneka had wanted to be the open the batting, but the Chairman thought it would be a good idea for him to be in the middle order, especially after that is what the first matkka indicated.”

“Secondly, it’s his wife’s ex. Come on, how is that nepotism? That’ just a difficult conversation in the future” ended the minister striking a rather wise, seasoned tone.