Pakistan news July 11, 2014

Sethi reinstated as PCB chairman by Supreme Court


A day after he was removed as chairman of the PCB, Najam Sethi was reinstated to the post by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The apex court has struck down all decisions taken on Thursday by the government of Pakistan, which had included removing Sethi as chairman and appointing retired judge Jamshed Ali Shah in his place in an interim role. According to the latest ruling, the PCB will revert to the status quo as of Wednesday. The next hearing is fixed for July 21, 2014.

In the new constitution announced on Thursday, Sethi was one of the men nominated for a position on the new PCB board of governors. He confirmed in a tweet that he had been nominated by the Prime Minister for this board and that he was eligible to contest the elections for the post of chairman. However, during the Supreme Court hearing on Thursday, the judges expressed concern over the presence of Sethi on the governing board and had asked the government to "reconsider" the nomination. On Friday, the government did not reconsider his nomination and hence the court decided to revert to the status quo and reinstate him.

When Shah, a former Supreme Court judge, was named interim chairman on Thursday by the government, he said his basic responsibility was to conduct the elections and implement the new constitution within 30 days. Till Wednesday, Sethi was running the PCB in a provisional capacity with the help of the PCB's five-man management committee, directly appointed by the chief Patron who is the Prime Minister of Pakistan. His major task was to make a new and democratic constitution, which prescribes that the chairman be elected democratically, rather than a direct dictatorial appointment.

Shah was the third person in the last seven months to take over the chairmanship, with Zaka Ashraf in the mix. He was expected to take on the role for a month, but his stint had lasted just a day, following Friday's twist.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    In near future I am writing one letter to ICC in Dubai and I will bring that letter by to ICC office to complain about this Musical chair drama finish or ban PCB. I feel ashamed of all this as a Pakistan as a cricket lover that what is going on with PCB.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    so the circus continues.....thats a shame for pakistan cricket

  • Android on July 11, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Nobody can know about PCB.

  • Android on July 11, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    What are they doing? in next couple days he was again removed its possible in PCB.

  • Steve on July 11, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    PCB Chairman's post seems to be a prized one in Pak. Too many people interested in his appointment starting with Prime Minister no less. Elections is the only answer.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Thts something speechless.....

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    What is going on with PCB chairmanship

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    This whole thing can end with elections. The new constitution was not perfect but better than previous. This has more representation from departmental cricket and regions. But should have more from different regions. Now court has again struck down this and Najam back as chairman.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    All this sacking and reinstating over and over again has made PCB into a headless chicken... sure to cause damage!

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @Munthazir: Sethi made a constitution that would have elected himself as a permanent chairman for next 5 years. To get elected as a permanent chairman he must be removed now. That was the reason why he was removed.

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