80-year-old Shaharyar new PCB chairman

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Former diplomat Shaharyar Khan has been appointed new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Former diplomat Shaharyar Khan has been appointed new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Khan has been elected on a three-year term – a move aimed at ending a 14-month leadership tussle which has left the governing body in disarray.

The 80-year-old Khan has become the 30th chairman of the PCB, but the first to have a second tenure. He held the post between December 2003 and October 2006.

"I took this post to end the musical chairs of the chairmen and to have continuity in cricketing affairs," said Khan. "I want to put Pakistan cricket on the right path and do some things which I couldn't do in my first tenure, like strengthening grassroots cricket and to have school and university cricket."

Khan was elected unopposed under the board's new constitution, which was adopted last month in a bid to resolve the dispute triggered in May 2013, when then-chairman Zaka Ashraf was suspended by the Islamabad high court.

After Ashraf's suspension, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed veteran journalist Najam Sethi as PCB head. But court orders and government decrees saw Sethi swapping power with Ashraf five times.

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