Karachi:Former ICC President and technocrat Ehsan Mani's name is doing the rounds for the post of member in Pakistan Cricket Board's governing council and he may soon join PCB in his new capacity.
According to media reports, PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt has sent several names to President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the chief patron of the board, for his approval to the seats reserved for two former Test players and three technocrats.
"Yes the name of Ehsan Mani has been sent for one of the technocrat seats and Butt is keen to have him on the council," one report said.
Mani, who represented Pakistan in the ICC before becoming an influential figure in the body and later its chief, now serves as consultant and adviser to several international bodies including the Dubai Sports City.
Sources in the board said that Butt had spoken to Mani and wanted him on the council basically to start a campaign to improve international relations and push for resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India.
"Mani is an experienced cricket administrator, diplomat as well as marketing man and the PCB is desperate to have him on board. His name has been sent to the President and Zardari has to give the formal approval," the source said.
"His (Mani's) name is very much there on the technocrats' list of governing board members along with former Test players Ramiz Raja, Rashid Latif and Amir Sohail," said a federal government official.
Sohail incidentally had resigned as the PCB Director (Game Development) last year due to differences with Butt and is now a strong critic of the present board set up and its policies as is Raja.
The sources, however, were doubtful about whether Mani would eventually agree to become a mere governing council member in the board.
"He might agree to be in an advisory and consultancy position but given the fact some governing council members have already accused Butt of sidelining and bypassing them while taking key decisions it seems unlikely that Mani agree," one source said.
Butt is under severe pressure to resign from different quarters specially after the poor performance of the national team in Australia.
Butt, however, has remained adamant saying that he will not resign unless the chief patron asks him to do so.