LAHORE - The vibes coming from the power corridors suggest that former ICC president Ehsan Mani is at the moment leading the pack of many contenders to take over the vacant position of chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Mani replaces his fellow chartered accountant friend Salman Taseer as the frontrunner, apparently on the latter's prompting. Taseer, it is said, was not interested in the job for he intends to hold on to the governorship of Punjab - especially in the backdrop of the mooted idea of replacing him with a less interesting character was reportedly shelved. Not a stranger to PCB, for he has served for a spell as the PCB's treasurer in the mid 1990s, in the PPP's second government under late Benazir Bhutto, Taseer must have felt the pull for the job. Yet he is said to have passed it of his own volition, perhaps because of the greater appeal of his current post. So, the next best thing for Taseer was to put in the name of someone he knew rather well, and in walks Mani into the frame. Mani's credentials in organisation, marketing and high finance are indeed impeccable. His work at the ICC goes back to about two decades, and beginning as Pakistan's permanent representative at Lord's (where the ICC was based then), he impressed everyone around to become ICC's director, finance in the 1990s and early 2000s, culminating in him becoming the chairman of the global body for three years - from 2003 to 2006. Level-headed, soft spoken and with considerable charm to get his way around people and issues, Mani definitely has the personality and the know-how to captain the ship of Pakistan cricket out of crisis. Since Mani is on a first name basis with every decision maker at the global and regional level, his presence at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium, Pakistan cricket's headquarters, would bring a lot of credibility to our cricket at a time when it is at its lowest ebb - to the extent that none who matter are keen to visit us.    Another good thing about Mani is that though he has been involved with Pakistan cricket, he does not carry the baggage of intrigue and controversy that has marred our Board for a long time. All these attributes make Mani an exceptionally good candidate, though there are two points of conjecture - that is if he beats many other contestants who are keen to give an arm and a limb to land the position. One, whether he would want to leave his lavishly appointed London home at the exclusive St. John's Wood - only a stone's throw away from the Lord's cricket ground and sprawling business to move back to Lahore and Pakistan. Second, having proved himself so splendidly at the ICC, whether he would want to dirty his hands with the job that has in the last 20 years or so left many a reputation tarnished. Only recently though, Mani was quoted to have said that he would most certainly make himself available to help Pakistan cricket. Perhaps, if indeed the offer comes, he would take it after all.