LAHORE: Incumbent Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, while talking to The Express Tribune, reiterated his stance of not contesting as chairman in the upcoming PCB elections.
“Throughout my tenure I had stated that I would not stay in power unnecessarily, now the time is rife to vacate the chair since I have already taken the needful measures to put Pakistan cricket back on the right path,” Sethi said.
The Supreme Court (SC) Lahore registry has given the green signal for the promulgation of the new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) constitution, and has ordered elections for the chairman of the body.
Subsequently, Sethi will stay in office for another seven days, after which an election commissioner and caretaker chairman will stay in power till the election of the new chairman.
“I will continue to play a part in the management through a powerful board of governors which will ensure transparency in cricketing affairs, and will also act as a watchdog on the new chairman,” he added.
The Patron of the PCB, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is expected to announce the caretaker chairman within a week.
Sethi clarified that the new chairman will replace him in the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Executive Committee —Pakistan is one of the five members of the EXCOM.
Sethi also claimed that the new constitution will ensure accountability of the chairman, and the head of the body will no longer be allowed to dictate his views and policies on the rest of the board.
“The new board of governors is going to be very strong, if the chairman doesn’t act in accordance with the interests of Pakistan cricket he can be ousted through a simple majority vote” Sethi said.
Meanwhile, former Chairman Zaka Ashraf -- who was involved in a power tussle with Sethi for more than a year -- now stands ousted after the SC judgement which annulled the decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that had reinstated Ashraf earlier in the year.
Ashraf is also not in the reckoning for the elections of the new chairman since he is not a part of the governors’ board, which includes four members from the top four regional teams and four members from the top four departmental teams.
Sharif has nominated two other members of the board, and Sethi is one of them.
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@Ali. I - "IK is preparing medicine for you and your egg-head landlords". Do you realize how badly Shah Mehmood Qureshi and men of his ilk in PTI will feel?
I think you have been effected badly with Imrano-Phobia, but don't you worry IK is preparing medicine for you and your egg-head landlords. 14 August!!! The day of freedom from goons and looters for forever.
You have a cracking sense of humour!
Whom the Gods wish to destroy, at first they make mad!
I think Mr. Sethi foresees a bleak future for this government hence he feels it is time to step down instead of getting kicked out by someone.
A faulty judgement,which is likely to create more legal mess in future.
Najam Sethi you're nothing but a joke now, lost your credibility. Btw he's still in PCB! As a board member! Geez, have some self respect & distance yourself from all such activities! But i guess you waited all these years for opportunities such as acting CM punjab, pcb chairman & now pcb board member! It is quite obvious that he has been rewarded for his services to shariff family. Such an incompetent government that it can't even handle PCB for over a year now!
A failed politician like IK should become PCB chairman and resign as PTI Chairman. He definitely could learn something from Sethi which might prove helpful for him in 2018.
Amir Sohail and co will have a field day today on Din Tv.
Mr Sethi, Brazil has fired its coach you have chances over there for a caretaker coach.
Within six month Sethi become a seasoned politician.
When Najam Sethi saw that he has been lost his place in PCB and his chairmanship has been controversial then he resigned whereas he had never to accept PCB's chairmanship when first he was dismissed by the court and he had to realize it that he has been no more fit for PCB's chairmanship after becoming controversial personality.....
Fallen out of favour????
Good job Sethi - Don't worry about the haters, they will keep hating u for no reason. Now work from the shadows.
So finally he realized that he was incapable for this job. Now he will be given new job to defame another department.
At last! Any intelligent self-respecting person would have done this a long time ago, but then I am talking about intelligent and self-respecting person.
@John: Frankly, the PM must resign and leave us alone. Who does not know, including the PM himself, that his governments the first, the second and the present one, all are result of intentional 'typos' to forge their entry into the corridors of power for the sole purpose of self enrichment.
Next appointment: Pakistan's Ambassador to Somalia, which he will gladly accept.
He has become a laughing stock. Such a shame that he did not resign earlier.
He did great job , bring back Cricket to courntry
Management of my school was much better than PCB and PIA. Sad but true!
Rumour has it that it was a "typo" that was responsible for the whole fiasco.PM is soon going to make a judicial committee to investigate role of the typo in making PCB a cricket joke the world over.If found guilty,the typo would be held accountable and taken to the task,The PM says,allegedly.Also the PM said no typoS would be allowed to make a joke of our Cricketing Board!
Bench of talented team promised by PML-N, cant manage PCB. Who come we can expect about our country's welfare from them.