Pakistan news October 21, 2013

Court sets Nov 2 deadline for PCB election

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Islamabad High Court has directed Pakistan's election commission to hold the election for a new PCB chairman by November 2.

The court was hearing an appeal on a case of alleged contempt against Sethi, who according to the petitioner had failed to comply with the order to conduct elections by the previous deadline. The PCB argued that the election commission had refused to hold the board elections despite repeated correspondence, and that the electoral collage was incomplete because of various legal problems with regional cricket associations. The court, however, has now ordered the election to be held irrespective of other issues.

The election commission had earlier been reluctant to conduct the PCB elections but today they expressed their willingness to do so before the court.

The order is the latest in a series of developments that began with the court's judgement on a constitutional writ petition challenging the election of the previous PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, who was then suspended and replaced temporarily by Najam Sethi for a 90-day term. When Sethi, a senior journalist and former caretaker chief minister of Punjab, had his powers curtailed, the court had set a deadline of October 18 for the PCB to hold fresh elections. The PCB, however, wasn't able to comply with the deadline.

On October 15, the prime minister of Pakistan and new patron of the PCB, Nawaz Sharif, dissolved the governing board of the PCB, and formed a five-member interim management committee (IMC) to administer cricket. Sethi‚ former chairman Shahryar Khan, former players Zaheer Abbas and Haroon Rasheed and former team manager Naved Cheema were appointed to the committee.

The IMC had been directed by Sharif to elect one of its members as chairman, and the committee unanimously chose Sethi, who had been acting as caretaker chairman since July. The IMC wanted to hold off elections to allow time for various local cricket associations to resolve outstanding legal issues but Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered the Election Commission to press ahead with the poll.

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  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    What is the ICC doing about this matter , I haven't seen any statement from them ? The last time I check ( case in question - Guyana govt set up IMC ) was oppose by ICC and they the ICC issued a statement saying no govt should get involved with cricket and so that IMC set up with an order by the Guyana high court was dissolve and our cricket team going to play the champion trophy in South Africa was even in jeopardy because of this matter that the ICC deem illegal . So what are they ( ICC ) doing now . Is this a typical case of double standard by them .

  • Ronny on October 22, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    PCB badly needs calibre individuals of the likes of Majid Khan, who has an excellent educational, cricketing and family background. INZI and for that matter any other Moulvi should be kept away from the affairs OR else they shall be making selections on the basis of who has a beard and who prays regularly!

  • IMRAN on October 21, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    It will be good if INZI or Shoaib take over as a chairman ..... Inzi is well respected ..... But in current politics will they be allowed?

  • Android on October 21, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    sohaib akhtar will bring every one in line staright talking attitude shoaib is a legend who gave 100% when he represented pakistan a true patriot akmal bros will be the first ones to be sorted by him espically kamrana o geo shoaib akhtar ni ki

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Sethi thinks and behaves as if he isthe actual Chairman and that heis no longer anmActing Chairman .

  • jhg on October 21, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    they should appoint Inzimam-ul-haq or Shoab Akhtar.

  • Talha on October 21, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Good Decision! Though my concerns are still there that maybe Sethi would be selected sameway in those elections the way he was "unanimously" chosen by the IMC.

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