Former cricketers bat for Sethi

Wasim, Latif and Ramiz see PSL chairman as the best choice


Nabil Tahir August 09, 2017
PHOTO: PCB

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to elect a new chairman, and former cricketers believe Najam Sethi is the best choice considering his experience and achievements during his tenure as head of the Executive Committee and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) chairman.

The election of the new head is taking place today at the PCB headquarters where a new chairman will take charge from Shaharyar Khan.

Sethi, who was recently named in the Board of Governors by the Patron of the PCB, is the strongest candidate, most likely to be elected unopposed.

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Pakistan legend Wasim Akram threw his weight behind Sethi as the new chairman, applauding his landmark achievement of giving Pakistan its own cricket league.

“I support him all the way and the main reason is PSL,” said Wasim. “Many people before him discussed the idea of PSL but no one was able to materialise the plans. Sethi not only made is possible, but organised two successful editions of Pakistan’s top class T20 league and also the final of the second edition in Lahore.”

He continued: “Now with the inclusion of the sixth team, it will become better and better and in the end, the benefit is for Pakistan cricket.”

Sethi has been the head of PCB’s most powerful committee during the last term and Wasim believes he has the hands-on experience of running board’s everyday affairs.

“Four years are enough [to understand any system] and now he knows which person to use for what job. He is fully aware of all the staff and management, which makes him the best candidate,” said Wasim.

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes Sethi is the man you can trust to take PCB to the top.

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“Sethi is the best candidate for the chairmanship of PCB and he will win. He made the PSL a big success and he will do the same with PCB,” said Latif. “He has been trying to invite international teams to Pakistan and he will succeed in that too. He has also been working on youngsters. The team is on the top, the captain is on the top, PSL is on the top and now he will take PCB on to the top,” he said.

Latif, however, suggested Sethi to always keep merit the top priority. “He will be elected on merit so he should keep merit as his top priority,” he said. “Meanwhile, if he works on grassroots cricket, in schools and colleges, he will be remembered by the whole nation.”

Former opener and renowned commentator Ramiz Raja also wished Sethi best of luck. “I wish Sethi is elected as chairman. He has the ability and passion to make things possible for the betterment of cricket, and PSL is the main proof of his perfect administrative skills,” said Ramiz.

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