TV rights: Sethi accused of partisanship

Published: July 27, 2013
Najam sethi. PHOTO: FILE

Najam sethi. PHOTO: FILE


A former coach of the army’s cricket team on Friday accused Najam Sethi of plotting to transfer billions of rupees worth of broadcast rights to a channel of his choice.

Nadeem Suddle has challenged Sethi’s appointment in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the Islamabad High Court and on his plea the court had annulled the elections of the board.

Suddle told Daily Express that Sethi was acting chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board but was dreaming of becoming its permanent chief — though he knows little about cricket.

“Sethi is a paid employee of a media group. How can he prove himself to be unbiased in the auction for broadcasting rights?” asked Suddle.

Sethi wants the multi-billion TV rights deal for the channel of his choice, the former coach claimed.

Suddle said that Sethi had called him for a meeting. “Sethi asked me to help him run the affairs of PCB in a better manner. He wanted to become permanent chairman,” he said.

Suddle said that he advised Sethi to follow Supreme Court’s orders and hold elections and if he wanted to become PCB chairman then he should first win nomination from any of the zones and contest polls.

He also told Sethi that the constitution of the cricket board could not be changed.

“Sethi told me the prime minister has asked him to handle the affairs of PCB, however, he should stick what he is good at. Running PCB is not his game,” Suddle said.

He said that Sethi often refers to some birds in his talk show, he has kept such pets in the PCB too but they would fly away soon.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Sonya
    Jul 27, 2013 - 10:42AM

    We never trusted this man even in his core profession of journalism leave alone the cricket that he knows little of. Un-understandably, why PPP agreed to put him as an interim Chief Minister punjab where he helped PML N win the elections – obviously PML N doled out a lucrative post to him for the work well done.


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 27, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Who is Mr. Nadeem Suddle? What interest does he has and why is he talking to the media? If he has already given advice to Mr. Sethi privately, why is he making it public. Mr. Saddle does not have any personal integrity!!!


  • Jul 27, 2013 - 11:16AM

    1- Shareefs asked Sethi to become Care taker chief minister of Punjab to help hold a ‘fair’ elections in Punjab.
    2 – Sethi takes the job.
    3- Shareefs win Punjab like never before.
    4- After winning elections, Shareefs offer Sethi PCB (temporary) chairmanship.

    My Conclusion: Sethi was helpful to Shareefs during previous elections in some unknown capacity!

    Your Conclusion???


  • Shams Khan
    Jul 27, 2013 - 11:42AM

    Policy of open merit & transparency in action the PML n way


  • Anserali Khan
    Jul 27, 2013 - 12:31PM

    One of the biggest conflict of interest cases is Najam Sethi. He has to grow up and mature


  • And
    Jul 27, 2013 - 1:00PM

    It is interesting to see Mr. Sethi on the receiving end for a change.


  • pashtunyar
    Jul 27, 2013 - 2:09PM

    Isnt it journalistic praxis to offer the subject of the story in this case Sethi a chance to counter the allegations?


  • JAL
    Jul 27, 2013 - 2:58PM

    Mr. Suddle is himself a bird flown by persons who are intrested to become Chairman PCB. He has nothing else to do file a petion and then have good time with the respondent.


  • Jul 27, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Sethi never was a journalist. He became a so called journalist through proxy by bringing out a weekly from his/her wife’s money and installed himself as editor. Has he ever worked as a sub-editor or a reporter in a newspaper? He like scores of so called anchors became journalists in Pakistan and these “generalists” have damaged the profession like our lawmakers armed with fake degrees. God help this country from such people. . .


  • Uza Syed
    Jul 27, 2013 - 11:00PM

    Is Najam Sethi really such a bad guy, I mean not trust worthy at all ?


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