Pakistan news May 21, 2014

Sethi back as PCB chairman, two days after removal


The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered a stay against the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judgement that had removed the PCB administration under Najam Sethi chairmanship, annulled all its decisions, and reinstated Zaka Ashraf as chairman. A three-judge bench - headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali - accepted the Pakistan government's plea on Wednesday, reinstated the Sethi-led management committee to run the PCB, and restored all its decisions. The bench called all the parties involved for a hearing on May 27.

The changes at the top of the PCB in the last two days have come a full circle. On May 19, the IHC had reinstated Ashraf as PCB chairman, saying there had been no proof for the reason of his removal in the first place, and annulled the committee headed by Sethi and voided all the decisions made by it over the last four months. That move 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 term.

On May 20, the Ministry for Inter-Provincial Co-ordination, which oversees sports affairs in Pakistan, escalated the issue to the Supreme Court, appealing against the IHC's decision to remove Sethi and reinstate Ashraf. In its plea, the government said the IHC's order to reinstate Ashraf was detrimental to Pakistan cricket and would begin 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."

Sethi, speaking to the Tribune, said while he supposedly didn't really "want to" return, he would accept the directions given to him by the board's patron. "I said this before also, I didn't want to come here [the PCB]," Sethi was quoted as saying. "[But] this is the patron's decision. If he wants to keep me as chairperson, I'll stay. If not, then he can bring someone else in."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    now when zaka ashraf is coming back again with in a week or month???

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Remove both of them since they have no cricket brain. Make Ahsan Mani or Arif Abbasi as the Chairman. For Cricket sake.....

  • james on May 21, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    I am no fan of Sethi,but as he has the government's backing,he is in a stronger position.Zaka should accept this reality and let the PCB function with some semblance of order.

  • Mohsin on May 21, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    I think both Najam and Ashraf should be shown the door, neither is inevitable.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    I think it is better to stick with Najam Sethi and let's see where it takes us. According to him, certain series have been promised so let's see whether they take place. If Pakistan actually does stand to benefit in the near future as Sethi claims, I have no problem with him as the chairman. Zaka Ashraf did nothing during his tenure anyway (Sethi has at least been better than him!), so having Sethi for now might be the best thing for Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    All I can say" hahaha" that's the only thing at should be said at this stage

  • Mian Ahmad on May 21, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    That,s why IMRAN KHAN says PCB should be not under Govt & their should not be any political interference...PCB should be organized as an independent body, its own constitution, Board chairman,s should be elected through proper method, not nominated,,,

  • Syed Ammar on May 21, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Let us nominate Sethi and Zaka as Chairman on alternate month basis.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    This is Madness !!!! ICC should take action and BAN PCB until their internal matter is not resolved.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    this is funny . pakistan cricket at their best . it is a country where talent flow like a river . exceptionally talent .country of ajmal ro mushtaq , saeed anwar to javed miandad . waqar waseem many countless. very disappointed as asian . I am from india pakistan wake up .

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