Pakistan news July 4, 2013

Court orders new PCB election

The Islamabad High Court has ordered the acting PCB chairman Najam Sethi to hold an election for his office within 90 days. The High Court was responding to a petition filed by a former Rawalpindi Cricket Association official against the board elections held in May, when Zaka Ashraf was elected chairman for a four-year term under the new PCB constitution.

Ashraf was later suspended from his post by the High Court, after there were questions raised about the legality of his election. The High Court said the process had been "dubious" and "polluted" and Sethi was appointed as interim chairman during Ashraf's suspension.

The petitioner had also called for the suspension of the PCB's new constitution but the High Court ordered the new elections to be held under the same constitution. The petition has now been disposed.

Ashraf was the first-ever elected PCB chairman under the new constitution, which in February removed the system of the Patron of the board, the President of Pakistan, choosing the chairman. Nine governing board members endorsed Ashraf and the process was conducted without any prior announcement, the board revealing Ashraf's appointment through a press release.

After his election, however, Ashraf faced opposition from the regional associations of Punjab, Pakistan's largest province with 60% of country's population, for preventing them from being part of the board. Instead, two new regions without any first-class teams - Larkana and Dera Murad Jamali - were represented on the board.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Muhammad on July 4, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    very good decision. i think the court should also say that ONLY THOSE people who played cricket for pakistan for a long time are eligible to be chairman of the board. No political association should have ANY say whatsoever in elections and the regional associations should be kept under observation to avoid any fraud in elections.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    great work now former cricketer like majid ,javed ,aamir s,seed anwar,wasim,waqar,inzi,mushtaq,ramiz,zaheer,moin, politicale role in pcb.onley former cricketer can run for pcb chairman

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    First things first, the patron of PCB should not be President or any person holding a political office in Pakistan. Sports and politics, like water and oil, do not mix. They only tend to contaminate each other.

  • Asim on July 4, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Amir sohail is going to be the next chairmen of Pakistan cricket Board for sure

  • Shoaib on July 4, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    A nice decision by court.

    I agree with @Chaudry_Cricket, as we don't need a cricketer for PCB chairman post. A good lobbyist or diplomatic type of person should be the new PCB chairman.

  • Qaasim on July 4, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I think the most subtiable person for this role is ehsan mani.... But I hope this the elections are free and fair ..., GREEN TEAM ZINDABAD

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Good work....hopefully the eligible person will assume the office...

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    should be fair process this time with all the regional associations participating.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Great work from The Islamabad High Court, now this is the time for of legends like Wasim Akra, Waqar Younas, Inzi ramiz Aamir sohail, saeed anwar etc. to step up and participate in election and lead Pakistan Cricket. May Pakistan Cricket live long

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