Sports minister, PCB wait on court order


Express May 18, 2010

LAHORE: ‘Whatever the court says, we will follow it,” said Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Election Commissioner after it became clear that the issue of Sindh Sports Minister Dr Mohammad Ali Shah’s eligibility to contest the presidential election of the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) would now be subject to a court order.

“We definitely will obey court’s order,” Election Commissioner Abdul Sami Khan told The Express Tribune. “His hearing is on May 20 and the final date to file nomination forms for KCCA elections is May 21, a day after his hearing date. But he is welcome to contest that, just like we welcomed (Amir Khan) Rokhari in Lahore, when he came up with the court’s provisional letter to contest the election for the Lahore City Cricket Association,” maintained Sami.

The PCB this year introduced new election rules, barring MPAs, MNAs, Nazims and office bearers of political parties from contesting the elections which automatically disqualified Dr Shah from contest the sport’s city level election for any post, which has been challenged by Dr Shah. “Should the court, in his first hearing, give a stay notice or a provisional letter to let the Dr Shah contest the elections and suppose that he actually gets elected for the KCCA’s presidential position, then we will have to wait for court’s final verdict to be able to issue the notification on his role at KCCA,” explained Khan.

PCB Ban KCCA Zone-1’s elected chairman

PCB has banned KCCA Zone-1 president Aftab Ahmed who was recently elected unopposed. Aftab, during his tenure as the secretary of the Zone-1, had picked up two registered players of Zone-2, which resulted in Jamil Ahmed, the secretary KCCA Zone-2, protesting to the PCB and pleading with the regulatory authority to take action against the wrongdoing. PCB took note and banned Aftab, giving him a week to lodge an appeal. Should Aftab fail to appeal, fresh elections in the particular region will be held.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 19th, 2010.

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