Former presidents of regional cricket bodies functioning across the country have decided to lend support to Caretaker Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi.
The support comes at a time when Sethi saw his powers curtailed by the Islamabad High Court, saying that he was caretaker chairman and as such could only see to the day-to-day running of the PCB.
There are strong indications Sethi wants to become the chairman of the PCB and now former president Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) Khawaja Nadeem, former president Abbottabad region Aamir Nawab, former chief Sialkot region Malik Zulfiqar and former head of Faisalabad region Chaudry Muhammad Anwar have come out in support of Sethi. “We look forward to support the caretaker chairman to effectively manage the affairs of PCB enabling him to break this impasse created by the pending legal proceedings,” said Nadeem.
“Cricket in Pakistan needs a strong board to effectively manage the cricket at every level. We further unequivocally reject any or all allegations being leveled in the media against Sethi with regard to being a tax defaulter or being involved in any wrong doing.”
Major (retd) Ahmad Nadeem Suddle – who challenged the election of former chairman Zaka Asrhaf – also affirmed his support for Sethi.
‘Sethi’s power still remains limited’
However, an official close to this matter has revealed that even if former regional presidents withdraw their petition from the IHC, Sethi’s power will still remain limited because of the Sindh High Court (SHC) decision.
“SHC has clearly ordered that until the next hearing on August 14 or August 20, Sethi can only work from clause A to E of Article6 (1) which means he still has limited powers,” the official told The Express Tribune.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2013.