SC reinstates Sethi as PCB chief

Top court suspends IHC ruling, issues notices to Zaka Ashraf, others

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated Najam Sethi as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) through its interim order and issued notices to Zaka Ashraf and other parties to submit their answers on the next date of hearing of the case.

A three-member bench of the top court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the petition filed by the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) in the apex court. Asma Jahangir, the lawyer for the IPC, contended before the top court that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ignored the rules as the prime minister being the patron-in–chief of the PBC has authority to take administrative decisions.

The court suspended a ruling by the Islamabad High Court that had removed Sethi, annulled all decisions made under his management and reinstated Zaka Ashraf to the post. The Saturday's ruling had thrown the appointment of new head coach Waqar Younis, batting coach Grant Flower and spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed, all made under Sethi, into doubt.

After hearing the arguments, the top court in its interim order reinstated Najam Sethi as PCB head and adjourned the hearing till May 27th. The top court also directed to restore the administrating committee of the PCB. The court orders and the government decrees have now seen the leadership of the Pakistan Cricket Board change hands between Sethi and Zaka five times in the past year.

Talking to journalists outside the court building, Najam Sethi said that he has no ‘interest’ to have the position of the PCB chairman. “We have drafted the constitution of the board and wanted to hold its elections for the selection of chairman by June 9,” he said.

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