PCB terminates contract of legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi

Published: January 18, 2014
Rizvi was sent the termination letter Friday night – confirmed by a PCB official. PHOTO: FILE

Rizvi was sent the termination letter Friday night – confirmed by a PCB official. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has terminated the contract of their legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi after he sent an email asking the body to review the detailed verdict sent out by the Islamabad High Court on the reinstatement of Zaka Ashraf as chairman last Wednesday.

Rizvi was sent the termination letter Friday night – confirmed by a PCB official – and later the lawyer told The Express Tribune that he had given the best possible advice amid the prevailing situation.

“I stand by the legal opinion yesterday which seemingly triggered the termination of legal services,” the lawyer stated. “I am not in the business of pleasing people and would always write legal opinions on the touchstone of my conscience and legal acumen.”

Appointed as legal advisor in 2006 by the then governing board, Rizvi was a prominent figure in various legal wranglings that the board was involved in over the course of his tenure. His work was applauded by the Pakistan Task Team’s Chairman Giles Clarke — the committee was formed to bring back international cricket in the country.

Rizvi also handled the 2010 spot fixing case in England when three Pakistan players were suspended and later sentenced for their involvement in the damning scandal that shook the PCB to the core.

Interestingly the 44-year-old lawyer also drafted the existing PCB constitution on the basis of which Zaka Ashraf was elected as chairman of the body in May 2013.

He fought PCB battles in every high court in the country besides the Supreme Court, and before his termination, Rizvi was handling close to hundred PCB related cases across Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a board official close to the matter confirmed that Rizvi’s contract was terminated and a letter in this regard was sent to his office, Friday night.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Jan 18, 2014 - 6:10PM

    Why is he grumbling? It wasn’t a job for life. PCB giveth, PCB taketh away.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jan 18, 2014 - 6:14PM

    While the article seem to commend Rizvi, but if you read carefully, you realize that he failed on every aspect. He was part of the task force to bring international cricket back. Total failure. He handled spot fixing case. We all know how badly it was handled. He Was first defended Zaka Ashraf. The result was he got suspended. Then he started representing his new boss Sethi. Where is he now? Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Jan 19, 2014 - 12:13AM

    About time PCB gets a real lawyer.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Jan 19, 2014 - 12:16AM

    RIzvi totally failed to defend Pakistan’s interests in the spot-fixing cases against Pakistani cricketers.


  • PCBMan
    Jan 19, 2014 - 12:18AM

    He was a political appointee. His father was a contact of Asif Ali Zardari. That’s how he got the job in the first instance


  • ahmed khan
    Jan 19, 2014 - 12:43AM

    wow people will really do anything to defend zaka ashraf. the guy is clearly on a power trip. he’s poisonous for pakistan cricket. only cares about himself. he just brought back mohd ilyas as chief selector. what do you think about geniuses?


  • khan
    Jan 19, 2014 - 2:21AM

    Wonder why Zaka is being so vindictive ?


  • wowemkay
    Jan 19, 2014 - 6:14AM

    ET, surely the man said ‘conscience’, not ‘conscious’. I sure hope he is conscious when he gives legal opinions.


  • Wasif
    Jan 19, 2014 - 6:41AM

    When Zaka Ashraf was finally reinstated
    Rizvi’s services were quickly terminated
    Of the judgement he showed some doubt
    But the boss’s finger said he was out
    So he could worsen the mess he’d created


  • Siddiq Akbar
    Jan 19, 2014 - 11:43AM

    Rizvi was even legal advisor PCB in 2006 way before Zardari. Heard he never lost a case for PCB. Present action seems like vendetta!


  • Arif chaudry
    Jan 19, 2014 - 2:44PM

    A big time loss of PCB ! Mr T Rizvi should be back in board ASAP…


  • Rizwan Ahmed
    Jan 20, 2014 - 10:34AM

    He was not capable of doing anything! He never happened to win any case or defend PCB internationally. Its clear from the previous spot fixing case how worse we lost our side!


  • Qatib Hussain
    Jan 20, 2014 - 2:42PM

    Good to see a bad man out of PCB now! He had done nothing to protect PCB internationally be it spot fixing case or any other. Before Mr. Zaka he used to defend Sethi. he is not the PCB needs in legal approaches! Well done chairman PCB!Recommend

  • SH
    Feb 6, 2014 - 7:31AM

    Who cares….one way or the other.


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