PCB chairperson post: Najam Sethi back again for the third time

Published: May 21, 2014
Najam Sethi (R) leaves the Supreme Court with his lawyer Asma Jehangir (L) in Islamabad on May 21, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Najam Sethi (R) leaves the Supreme Court with his lawyer Asma Jehangir (L) in Islamabad on May 21, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court suspended the decision to reinstate Zaka Ashraf as the Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson and restored Najam Sethi as the head of the body, Express News reported on Wednesday.

As directed by the acting Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, a three-member bench of the top court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case today.

On May 17, the IHC had reinstated Ashraf as the chairperson of the body. Justice Noorul Haq had termed Ashraf’s removal last January illegal, besides questioning the formation of the management committee that worked in Sethi’s chairmanship.

Three days later, the government had appealed to the Supreme Court on May 20 to reinstate Sethi as the head of the PCB.

The Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, which oversees sports affairs in the country, had filed the petition challenging the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) January 17 judgment through its counsel Asma Jahangir.

In its petition, the government had expressed apprehension that the high court’s judgment will “ruin the game of cricket”.

The government had also requested the Supreme Court to restore PCB Management Committee (MC).

For the sixth time since May 2013, the board saw the reinstatement of a chairperson after he was sent packing on legal grounds. Ashraf was reinstated and then removed from the post three times while Sethi is now at the top spot for the third time.

Ashraf was suspended in May 2013 by the IHC after it ruled he had been elected via a dubious process which was carried out during a meeting of the governing body.

However, after a complicated legal process, he was reinstated by the same court on January 15, 2014, before Nawaz dismissed him again on February 10, bringing back in his place Sethi.


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  • FactisFact
    May 21, 2014 - 10:19AM

    are they out of their minds or what. insanity at its best and ruining the name of the country…


  • Jazba
    May 21, 2014 - 10:20AM

    Love the musical chair being played. Keep it up.


  • JQ
    May 21, 2014 - 10:22AM

    Laugh laugh laugh laugh and let the whole world laugh together.


  • ArXhaD
    May 21, 2014 - 10:22AM

    do we have any sense of responsibility as a nation??? clearly shows our true picture of being courrpted nation striving only POWER, what ever the field may by. Shame………


  • Qamber
    May 21, 2014 - 10:24AM

    Ding Dong Game …!


  • SJ
    May 21, 2014 - 10:29AM

    What a joke


  • sabi
    May 21, 2014 - 10:30AM

    Return of the saint.Go ahead mr Sethi God be with you.


  • Concerned
    May 21, 2014 - 10:31AM

    PCB Management, Courts & Government have extended the amusement of Pakistan Cricket Team’s awful performance from ground to Pavilion.


  • Kukkar
    May 21, 2014 - 10:31AM

    LOL, This is turning out to be a great comedy ..


  • Muneer
    May 21, 2014 - 10:32AM

    Bad news.


  • Sami
    May 21, 2014 - 10:33AM

    And the game goes on……


  • THE
    May 21, 2014 - 10:34AM

    That is a very appropriate picture of Sethi as if he was saying “KAYSAAAA”.


  • Proud to be Muslim
    May 21, 2014 - 10:34AM

    The musical chair is going on and on …


  • AamPaki
    May 21, 2014 - 10:42AM

    This is turning out to be a BIG joke.

    This is indeed hilarious, the WHOLE world is laughing at us at the stupid decisions!!!!! ONLY in Pakistan.

    all limits have been crossed and then we talk bout the BIG 3, forget them…. we are the BIG losers here!

    here is the difference between ICC and FIFA, FIFA clearly says no political involvement in sports activity, if politicians are involved … suspend the country for 2 years, NO football.

    Same should be followed here in case of ICC then only they will learn their lesson.


  • Jj
    May 21, 2014 - 10:43AM

    Its look like “MUSICAL CHAIR” game……….The hand on Mr.Sethi head is “IRONER HAND”so my advice to Mr.Zaka do your own bussiness…Recommend

  • Mubashir
    May 21, 2014 - 10:43AM

    Cricket turned into ping pongRecommend

  • Sajid Mahmood Awan
    May 21, 2014 - 10:45AM


    One should be the Chairman for day-time

    One should be for the night.

    Hats off to Mian Sb.


  • Jaysabir
    May 21, 2014 - 10:48AM

    This represents the quality of governance & decision making authorities of my country. Utter nonsense! this musical chair should be stopped now!


  • Jibran
    May 21, 2014 - 10:49AM

    Dear PCB: I am available for the position of head-coach :-)


  • PakPower
    May 21, 2014 - 10:51AM

    The N-League working hard to keep the ‘reward’ intact.


  • Punjab
    May 21, 2014 - 10:55AM

    There must be something very good in this post…Sethi sab awain nai itna pechay paray.


  • News
    May 21, 2014 - 10:56AM

    I would like to inform you tomorrows news in advance – Zaka Ashraf has taken stay order against SC ruling and has again become PCB chair man. why dont they divide the year in to half and rule for 6 months each. ICC looking ahead to ban PCB!


  • Wali
    May 21, 2014 - 10:56AM

    Ok, a circus in parallel with the TV channels… I know which one I am fed up with more!


  • Rumormonger
    May 21, 2014 - 10:59AM

    PCB being courted by too many courts.


  • Baba Ji
    May 21, 2014 - 10:59AM

    Hahahahahahahaha … there is a reason we are loved so much in the world !!!!


  • Badar Jamal
    May 21, 2014 - 11:01AM

    The solution is to fire all the judiciary in Pakistan they are the biggest buffoons any country can have….


  • East view
    May 21, 2014 - 11:03AM

    I would correct my yesterdays statement – its not PCB — but Pakistan who is a Joke


  • haseeb
    May 21, 2014 - 11:09AM

    Shareef’s courts in action.Recommend

  • Syed
    May 21, 2014 - 11:09AM

    It’s like a musical chair game and I think ICC should ban Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bassam
    May 21, 2014 - 11:15AM

    R.i.P Pakistani Cricket!!


  • ArXhaD
    May 21, 2014 - 11:15AM

    this is turning to be a real THRILLER now, I as a nation feeling shame.


  • ahmed
    May 21, 2014 - 11:18AM

    This is completely pathetic! We have made ourselves a laughing stock in front of the world!

    This shows the extent of indecisiveness within our institutions from top to bottom.

    And then we DREAM of being the BEST in the world.


  • ahmed
    May 21, 2014 - 11:18AM

    This is completely pathetic! We have made ourselves a laughing stock in front of the world!

    This shows the extent of indecisiveness within our institutions from top to bottom.

    And then we DREAM of being the BEST in the world.


  • Polpot
    May 21, 2014 - 11:19AM

    PCB, Pemra, PSM, PIA…Almost anything startsing with P…
    Stands for Chaos and Confusion.


  • Bilal Khan
    May 21, 2014 - 11:24AM

    What a shame!!! Kicking out and then reinstating the PCB chairman has become a joke. And then we say, the world doesn’t respect us. Nothing but sheer disappointment!!!


  • salman
    May 21, 2014 - 11:29AM

    Further LMAO.

    Anyways its getting ridiculous now. Its better for PCB to have a new chairman other than these two guys. Both are highly controversial made by the courts and the Govt.


  • SHERY...
    May 21, 2014 - 11:31AM



  • Haseeb
    May 21, 2014 - 11:32AM

    Our middle order can bat longer than the chairperson remains in the post.


  • asif bangash
    May 21, 2014 - 11:47AM

    what a joke … what our elder said, are totaly correct…..jis ki lathi uss ki bhanss,,,,no faith on pcb onward….now in doubt how they select player on merit? a big question though


  • Muhammad Saim
    May 21, 2014 - 11:54AM

    …………and the winners are … lawyers and the judges … (yes judges too….y? u guessed it right)


  • goldconsumer
    May 21, 2014 - 12:03PM

    and the I in india would stand for corruption. Remember BCCI and its love affairs in the IPL?


  • Anserali Khan
    May 21, 2014 - 12:03PM

    What is going on in this country.
    Both Mr Zaka Ashraf and Mr Najam Sethi should be removed and someone else should be made Chairman of PCB


  • W.A
    May 21, 2014 - 12:05PM

    PCB has become a laughing stcok, not good for our Cricket team. Please PML-N come to your senses and appoint people on merit rather than on favouritism to put an to legal circus.


  • bilal
    May 21, 2014 - 12:21PM

    you black suit mafia. leave this country please and stop making fun of judicial system


  • Mamu
    May 21, 2014 - 12:23PM

    PMLN has a commitment to Sethi sahab for the favor he provided for the 35 punctures. PMLN will do any thing to get that PCB seat. I think it is time to call Mid Term elections and get rid of PMLN. They have failed miserably.


  • Amir
    May 21, 2014 - 12:28PM

    So, other Cricket Board Chairmans must be fedup with this, Thu they speak to PCB Chairman Zaka for series, Mon they come to know its Sethy again, Wed Zaka is back, Fri Sethy is on it again. LOL.


  • May 21, 2014 - 12:29PM

    PMLN + PMLN Courts set a world record of fastest justice – Hight court removed Najam Sethi.. and Chief Justice Mian Muhammad Nawaz shareef restored him in less than 12 hours !!

    Do you want some more democracy?


  • random
    May 21, 2014 - 12:30PM

    R.I.P (sorry to say but Pakistan)


  • ZF
    May 21, 2014 - 12:36PM

    ICC, Please put 5 years democratic ban on Pakistan cricket. Sincerely Pakistan cricket fan.


  • Samad Farooq Dandiya
    May 21, 2014 - 12:45PM

    It is not about PCB , from this we can see the level of courts in our country. On all television it is mentioned that free and fair court system , and win of court and democracy. This is all crap , law and order is in worst condition in our country due to pathetic court orders we have , this is the biggest corruption that government enforces at the back of court system.

    These all people are corrupt , they all should be ban and new faces should be given chance to come. Throw them all to the countries where they have money invested or accumulated.


  • Rehman
    May 21, 2014 - 12:46PM

    come on guys…this is definitely more fun than watching any test/one day/20-20 match…the best being it has ample breaks in between..


  • Ajamal
    May 21, 2014 - 12:57PM

    Our judiciary continues on its pathway of destroying institutions of this country, starting with Moulvi Tamizuddin Khan Case (Justice Munir), Bhutto Murder Case, Nusrat Bhutto Case and on top of all Zafar Ali Shah Case in which Supreme Court gave the powers (read liberty) to General Musharraf to amend the constitution of Pakistan at his will.

    Instead of providing justice to the poor, our judges continue to be tools in the hands of mighty and powerful.


  • asad
    May 21, 2014 - 1:07PM

    In a nutshell and bottom line is that our so called supremcourt is subjugated to the tycoon….people have lost the faith in these courts…as iftikar chudarys acts are now revealed…huh shame of these courts…


  • donga bonga
    May 21, 2014 - 1:14PM


    Shery…..we r not a BANANA republic, for two reasons…1) Even Bananas are very expensive these days 2) Good quality Bananas are imported from India.


  • Muadassar Hussain
    May 21, 2014 - 1:16PM

    New election should be held….


  • Fahad Hasan
    May 21, 2014 - 1:18PM

    Supreme Court again proved itself a subordinate body of PML-N. Election rigging was not heard by the SC for one year but to restore PML-N hand picked it has ordered within few days. Shame for justice in the country.


  • Atif Nadeem
    May 21, 2014 - 1:19PM

    This confirms that actually the post of Chairman PCB is HOT cake.


  • kamal
    May 21, 2014 - 1:20PM

    A time is coming when:
    1. A Pakistani will not get a Visa for any place.
    2. A PAkistani will be the laughing stock of the world.
    3. A Pakistani expat will not be allowed a white colar job.
    4. A Pakistani’s word would mean nothing
    5. A Pakistani would be guilty till proven innocent
    6. A Pakistani in a company would be a bad egg spoiling all
    7. A Pakistani would be questioned on authenticity of everything and anything he says or produces.

    Why. Because we have a sham democracy serving only the looters who have been elected by eople who are by majority overwhelmingly ignorant.


  • A J Khan
    May 21, 2014 - 1:22PM

    Geo is in, Cricket is out


  • a&a
    May 21, 2014 - 1:37PM

    WWF emusement in going on Courts…..!!!!!Recommend

  • Hassan Wali
    May 21, 2014 - 1:41PM

    @POLPOT, what about Polpot starting with “P” ? ;)Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 21, 2014 - 1:41PM

    There obviously must be a lot of money and perks along with the job….for both rich men to make idots of themselves.


  • Adeel Pervaiz
    May 21, 2014 - 1:51PM

    It is same situation we are having like Hockey in International Olympic Committie, and It reminds me their negligence that how they did back in 2009 while Sri Lankan Team was visting Gaddafi Stadium, and because of lack of security and care they were shoot out in a terrorist attack.
    They always do this, they don’t think about country’s image or consequences of their action, they just do it without thinking of any interest of country….Crap, Serious Crap of this govt.


  • Pacifica
    May 21, 2014 - 1:52PM

    In the Roman republic there would be two consuls each of whom would command the army on alternate days… may be the PCB can do that with these two guys.

    This musical chairs between these two was even more entertaining than the IPL for a while but enough, for god’s sake. Kick them both out and appoint somebody else.


  • ABKhan
    May 21, 2014 - 2:14PM

    There are hundred of pending cases in SC but this was so important that SC gives verdict so quickly. Asma Jahangeer is working for true democracy (Sarcasm) Recommend

  • riz
    May 21, 2014 - 2:25PM

    Zaka Ashraf is not even eligible because he does not fulfil the basic eligibility criteria i.e. 35 punctures.


  • observer
    May 21, 2014 - 2:27PM

    judges need refresher course…award for N.S. from judiciary keep it up..haha


  • Abaid
    May 21, 2014 - 2:28PM

    How unique we are…….


  • Arslan
    May 21, 2014 - 2:28PM

    Just reveals the power of the Lion brothers over Pak judiciary system

    Even a Pizzahut delivery takes more time than this decision of reinstatement took.

    What a shame PMLN revealed at its best.

    Dekho Dekho Kaun Aya

    Sheer Aya Sheer AyaRecommend

  • Khalid Aziz
    May 21, 2014 - 2:36PM

    Mr Sethi, 35 puncture man has to be rewarded at the cost of disrespect of the nation. Mr Sethi is also in a position to Blackmail Nawaz Sharif by threatning him to disclose the reality of elections.


  • hmm
    May 21, 2014 - 2:41PM

    we can easily conclude, from this ridiculous saga, how well PMLN is performing & is going to perform in coming days, weeks, months. You are doing an amazing job Mian Sahab! we will surely progress by getting involved in such important issues as who should head PCB, keep it up!


  • Timorlane
    May 21, 2014 - 2:46PM

    Playing with cricket eh…


  • May 21, 2014 - 2:53PM

    Both should be sackewd and some former cricketer should be the chaiman of PCB, Maybe Mohsin khan ot zaheer abbas will be good choice.


  • Qasim
    May 21, 2014 - 2:53PM

    Tragedy more so “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humour and hurt.”


  • faisal
    May 21, 2014 - 3:00PM

    Wonders happening in a heavy mandated ‘democratic government’. Mr Sharif at his very best.


  • A khaista
    May 21, 2014 - 3:05PM

    Mian Najam Sharif and his services at its peakRecommend

  • san
    May 21, 2014 - 3:09PM

    This guys are making mockery of pakistan cricket


  • miniian
    May 21, 2014 - 3:13PM

    children can resolve their tussles/conflicts better than this!


  • Dominic
    May 21, 2014 - 3:18PM

    Seems the Judges are involved in match Fixing as well, where is the Rule of Law in Pakistan. This has become a joke, it is high time now that the ICC should intervene here and request the Patron in Chief of PCB whether PM or President of Pak to keep the PCB out of politics, the PCB should be a seperate entity whereby the PM or President should not involve themselves in nominating their favoured men as PCB Chairman.


  • Imran
    May 21, 2014 - 3:30PM

    Sad they are bent on destroying our passion, our emotions and love for game


  • Polpot
    May 21, 2014 - 3:32PM

    PCB Chairman…its a one day match
    If its wednesday then it must be Sethi….


  • String theory.
    May 21, 2014 - 3:37PM

    Can Paki Youth boycott cricket?? No never as our Media particularly Geo made us cricket addicted. Now they know cricket is need of every women and men in Pak, There fore cricket rights r very imp by that Geo become the need of every home. That is plan of Mir Shakeel to build him largest media house. After making geo need of every home he can set any agenda in politics what they want.. Therefore cricket is very Imp for making Geo largest TV of Pak

    U have no idea of MIr Shakeel and Nawaz SHaif power, they will never allow any body to close the GEO .. They have all the Supreme court judges on DUbai tour in Mir Shakeel jet plane when they want.

    U see Mir called the Suprem court judge to restore Najam and they did it in next morning. try to estimate the power of Nawaz Shaif and Mir Shakeel. even ISI can not do any thing against them.

    The power of Nawaz SHarif and Mir Skaeel is that much even ISI want to shut the GEO , They can not do.. MIr Skaeel and Nawaz Shaif accumulate so much money , EVEN they can take decision against ISI by suprem court judges ,

    And I am sure MIr Shakeel never allow ever to IMran Khan to come in power… He Will use all his money and business empire to stop IK to come in power.


  • Mobeen Tahir
    May 21, 2014 - 3:44PM

    I have a feeling that Mr. Sethi has come to PCB with certain plans, none of which have anything to do with the improvement of Cricket. His plans may have to do with the high stake games of organized sports, to mold PCB as per the whims of International profiteers associated with the game of cricket.

    What a sad day for Cricket.

    All the tainted sportsmen are holding key offices with the team. The stage is being set for Pakistan to concede to India in a high profile 2015 world cup game. Moeen Khan already played his cards with the T-20 World Cup game against the Windies where you saw Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik making there way into the team to do what they do best, now you will see the 2015 World Cup produce a similar setback.

    Cricket is becoming a part of the psychological warfare where rich countries win the games not just on the field but with careful background planning. This has the effect of raised testosterone levels in the Nations which wins, increased moral and helps them move forwards, whereas for the losing side it results in depravity and hopelessness.

    If one honest person comes at the top he can set the agenda straight and produce honest wins for Pakistan. I have my doubts that Mr. Sethi is that person.


  • Zaka
    May 21, 2014 - 3:44PM

    PMLN continue to reward Sethi and GEO/Jang.


  • M Amir
    May 21, 2014 - 3:45PM

    Najam Sethi also want to make more punctures to PCB.
    PML-N always support this type culture!


  • Sardar Mohammad Adil
    May 21, 2014 - 4:08PM

    Very bad news and very bad impression to those who want to invest in our beloved Pakistan.


  • Abaid
    May 21, 2014 - 4:12PM

    I thought election were held in this country and people elected a government to run this country…….Recommend

  • Hassan
    May 21, 2014 - 4:17PM

    Dear PCB,

    I am also available for chairmanship if its becoming to difficult for you to take decision :)


  • Zahra
    May 21, 2014 - 4:34PM

    So no one is blaming the Indian cricket board or the ICC or israel today? I hope my compatriots realise that our institutions need strengthening, they are not stable or autonomous at all. People should wake up and stop blaming third party agents — this event is a clear indication of how things are run here. Stop voting these buffoons in power.


  • Khan
    May 21, 2014 - 4:35PM

    PPP/PML-N Noora Kushti at it’s best…………For sure there is something in this position that is so demanding by these political parties puppies.


  • Sara Khan
    May 21, 2014 - 4:36PM

    Bunch of immature crooks …. PCB, Courts, Sethi, Zaka, and Government


  • s m
    May 21, 2014 - 5:09PM

    Amazing !!!!!

    Read the news again …… and the following line especially!!!! Is the above news drafted correctly at least???? It is really unbelievable !!!! ….. if it is!! ….. then it is really amazing!!!!!

    ……………….. “In its petition, the government had expressed “apprehension” that the high court’s judgment will “ruin the game of cricket”…………”

    The above line essentially says that ‘UNLESS …. Mr Najam is made PCB chief (and/or continued to be there as pcb chief as a PMs reward to him), the cricket is going to get ruined!!!’

    So “ruin of Cricket” is linked to “Najam Sethi as PCB head” !!!!!

    Then why to have elections bodies institutions???
    Tomorrow there might also be petition asking that unless Mr Najam is made chief justice , justice would never be delivered!!!!!

    Who is and how it got succeeded in persuading the Apex court judge and under what grounds and arguments? is there any transcript of arguments held there???? ……………..

    The “sparrow” seems to have done many sorties to convey messages from PM to the judge!!!!!


  • Raisur Rahman
    May 21, 2014 - 5:28PM

    This is like a Tom & Jerry Show…. 35 puncture still laughing after getting adhesive glue.


  • May 21, 2014 - 5:42PM

    The Counsel was properly dressed for an ideal verdict :)


  • Arsalan
    May 21, 2014 - 6:32PM

    What a speedy Justice……I wish Pakistani Courts follow this exception is rest of the cases of people of Pakistan……

    Or… at least in Swiss Money Case….


  • Fawad
    May 21, 2014 - 6:39PM

    It’s Nawaz sharif law not court’s order!


  • Hammad
    May 21, 2014 - 7:07PM

    Great discussion in favour of government!
    We must remember, its government job to do administrative decisions not courts. IHC is interfering government matters way beyond it is required.


  • shah
    May 21, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Banana Republic of Pakistan.


  • Hassan
    May 21, 2014 - 8:24PM

    Power is power!


  • Inam
    May 21, 2014 - 9:01PM

    So the Score stands: 35 Punctures : 2


  • LOK
    May 21, 2014 - 9:35PM

    If ICC was FIFA, PCB could have been banned some time ago. It is beyond me WTF is wrong withe the government and the courts.


  • BCCI
    May 21, 2014 - 11:57PM

    It just reflects everywhere doesn’t it? Pity!!!

    You guys have a long way to catch up with us..At this rate, it looks like 1 step forward and 2 backwards..

    Cheers and Good Luck!


  • ali
    May 22, 2014 - 12:39AM

    35 punctures , if he is removed govt would come to his rescue for at least 35 times
    arrogance at its peak in PMLN + Geo group


  • CricketFan
    May 22, 2014 - 12:55AM

    Our supreme court played negative game. We Pakistani reject arm twisting decision by Elite judges of supreme court.


  • May 22, 2014 - 10:21AM

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  • May 22, 2014 - 10:22AM

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  • PeaceMonger
    May 22, 2014 - 12:46PM

    Hehehe… if this is not funny, I don’t know what is. Pakistan is a real-life soap opera. All you have to do is visit Pakistani websites and there are more twists and turns every day than any soap can provide.


  • PeaceMonger
    May 22, 2014 - 12:49PM

    Bangladesh, which is younger in age has a better status and credentials as a nation than Pakistan. Pakistan is in for a tumultuous change one way or another.


  • Asad Sadick
    May 22, 2014 - 5:34PM

    This is not funny any more!


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