Former ICC President Ehsan Mani is now set to take the vacant role after being nominated by the country’s new Prime Minister and former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan.
Sethi’s future had come under fire ever since Imran Khan’s political party won the country’s recent general elections. Sethi and Imran Khan have not enjoyed the best of relationships and with the PCB constitution permitting the Prime Minister to change the chairman, the former’s days at the helm were numbered.
“I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done today. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength. Eid Mubarak. Pakistan Zindabad,” Sethi tweeted on Monday along with an image of his resignation letter.
I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done today. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength. Eid Mubarak. Pakistan Zindabad. pic.twitter.com/uiIVoiRAtq— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) August 20, 2018
“You have said on many occasions you have a vision for Pakistan cricket. Therefore, it is only proper that you should assume charge and responsibility for assembling a management team for PCB that enjoys your full confidence and trust,” he wrote in the letter.
Minutes later, Imran Khan announced Ehsan Mani as his choice for the PCB role.
I have appointed Ehsan Mani as Chairman PCB. He brings vast and valuable experience to the job. He represented PCB in the ICC; was Treasurer ICC for 3 yrs and then headed the ICC for another 3 yrs.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 20, 2018
“I have appointed Ehsan Mani as Chairman PCB. He brings vast and valuable experience to the job. He represented PCB in the ICC; was Treasurer ICC for three years and then headed the ICC for another three years,” the Pakistan Prime Minister tweeted.
Sethi had taken over as PCB chief in 2017 and had previously served in the role in 2013 and 2014 too. Mani’s nomination for the role is contingent to an election process which set to be all but a formality.
The visitors resumed from their overnight score of 124-2 with skipper Virat Kohli (8) and Cheteshwar Pujara the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease. After a sedate start on Monday morning, the pair has taken the score to 194-2 before lunch was taken with England’s pacers enduring a frustrating time. Both the batsmen registered their individual fifties as India notched up 68-0 in the first session on day three. They also brought up a 100-run stand for the third wicket as play continued in the second session. Their partnership was finally broken by Ben Stokes who had Pujara (72) caught at first slip by Alastair Cook.
Kohli continued to march on after Pujara’s departure as he found another able ally in Rahane. The India skipper was unbeaten on 93 when tea was called with the total at 270-3. In the final session of the day, Kohli survived a couple of nervous moments against James Anderson in the 90s before bringing up his 23rd Test ton. Moments later, his innings (103) was finally brought to an end by Chris Woakes.
Rishabh Pant was sent in ahead of Hardik Pandya to help India accelerate, but lasted just six deliveries before giving Anderson his first wicket of the innings.
Pandya came out and consolidated with Rahane, and after the India vice-captain fell, Pandya raced to a run-a-ball 50 before Kohli called his batters in, declaring at 352/7 and setting England an unlikely target of 521 to win the Test and series.
England openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, who have been struggling for form this series, just about survived a tough nine-over burst from India’s bowlers to end the day at 23/0, with Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravi Ashwin – struggling with his hip injury – all beating the bat on occasion without getting the breakthrough.
On Sunday, India’s pacers bowled out the hosts for just 161 in their first innings with Hardik Pandya (5-28) stealing the show with a terrific 29-ball burst. That came after India’s first innings had culminated on 329 runs following excellent contributions from Kohli (97) and Ajinkya Rahane (81).
The hosts currently lead the five-match series 2-0 after wins at Edgbaston and Lord’s.
Do not miss any of the action from day three at Trent Bridge by following the live ball-by-ball updates below.
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6:30pm – Virat Kohli leads India’s march on day three at Trent Bridge
India continue to go from strength to strength in the third Test against England at Trent Bridge. Led by an unbeaten 93 by skipper Virat Kohli, the visitors have racked up 270-3 in their second innings before tea was taken on day three. Cheteshwar Pujara (72) was the only India batsman to be dismissed in the two sessions so far on Monday with Ben Stokes picking up the wicket.
Stay updated with the latest happenings at Trent Bridge by following our live scorecard here.
2:00pm – India look to build on 292-run lead at Trent Bridge
India’s overnight batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara (33) and Virat Kohli (8) will resume the second innings at 124-2 on day three of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge. The visitors put up 329 on the board in their first innings before bowling out England for 161 to take a 168-run lead.
India’s overall lead now stands at 292 runs and they will be aiming to consolidate on that as they look to fight their way back into the five-match series. Do not miss any of the action at Trent Bridge by following the live ball-by-ball updates here.
12:00pm – Ajinkya Rahane delighted with return to form
Ajinkya Rahane has said that a comprehensive analysis of his batting failures in the first two Tests against England was responsible for his much improved showing at Trent Bridge.
The India deputy skipper’s knock of 81 was one of the highlights from the visitors’ first innings total of 329. Read what Rahane had to say about his return to form here.
11:00am – Hardik Pandya wants Kapil Dev comparisons to stop
Hardik Pandya was the star for India on day two of the Trent Bridge Test against England with the all-rounder bagging his maiden five-wicket haul.
Pandya’s spell of 5-28 helped India bowl England out for 161 in their first innings and the all-rounder has now urged his critics to stop the comparisons with Kapil Dev.
Read what Pandya had to say here.
10:00am – Jos Buttler says there is no magic remedy to England’s batting woes
England’s batting woes resurfaced at Trent Bridge on Sunday with the hosts losing 10 wickets in a session in the third Test against India. After 54 runs were added for the opening wicket, England were bowled out for just 161 in their first innings as India took a 168-run lead.
Jos Buttler has said that there is no ‘magic answer’ to fix England’s notorious trend of batting collapses. Read Buttler’s quotes in full on England’s batting troubles here.