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Pakistan government appeals against Ashraf's return

Umar Farooq

May 20, 2014

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Najam Sethi, the interim PCB chief, addresses a press conference, Lahore, June 24, 2013
The move has been made to try and reinstate Najam Sethi as the head of the PCB © AFP

The Pakistan government has lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Islamabad High Court's decision to remove the PCB administration under Najam Sethi chairmanship, annul all its decisions, and reinstate Zaka Ashraf as PCB chairman. The first hearing is on May 21 and the stage is set for a protracted legal tussle.

The Ministry for Inter-Provincial Co-ordination, which oversees sports affairs in Pakistan, is the petitioner in the appeal and is represented by renowned lawyer Asma Jahangir. It is asking the Supreme Court to annul the high court's decision and reinstate the Sethi administration.

In its appeal document, a copy of which is with ESPNcricinfo, the ministry said the High Court's order would severely damage cricket in Pakistan. "That by annulling the notification and all long-term acts, commitments etc made by the management committee, the honorable court has unleashed a chain of events that will create immense chaos and destruction, costing millions and millions of rupees. All reforms towards election, constitution making, and international commitments will be at peril," the appeal stated. "It has to be forthwith reversed and it is the obligation of the Patron [Prime Minister of Pakistan] to put PCB on a firm wicket, which can hardly be termed as a malafide act."

On May 19, the Islamabad High Court had reinstated Ashraf as PCB chairman and annulled the committee headed by Sethi. The development was likely to impact the Pakistan team significantly because their head coach Waqar Younis, team manager and chief selector Moin Khan, and other staff were appointed during Sethi's most recent tenure as PCB chairman. In its 26-page order, the IHC had said the lawyers appearing for the respondents could not "prove the reason for removal of [the] earlier set-up of the board."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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Posted by cricketistheway on (May 21, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

PPP and PML's proxy war on PCB grounds. Who cares about cricket. It's the personal ego of the waderas that is supreme. Obvious to all, the whole issue is political appointments. Put an interim neutral, non-political chief and hold a free fair election of the board. ICC, please get rid of this political cricket board.

Posted by KarmatBaig on (May 20, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Both Sethi and Zaka should go and Arif Ali Khan Abbasi or Majid Khan be appointed as head of PCB.

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