Lawyer says Najam Sethi is back as PCB chairman
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Najam Sethi will stay on as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board until the next hearing of the Islamabad High Court on Thursday, the board’s legal adviser said Monday.
Tafazzul Rizvi said a two-member appellate bench of the “issued status quo” after Sethi was suspended last week by another IHC judge, Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.
Siddiqui also dissolved PCB’s Interim Management Committee, which was chaired by Sethi, and ordered fresh elections for the chairman’s post by the third week of November. He asked the PCB to release 2.5 million rupees ($23,300) for organizing the new election, but the appellate bench on Monday asked the PCB not to make the payment.
On Monday, government lawyer Asma Jehangir argued for 1-1/2 hours in front of the appellate bench against Sethi’s suspension and said that the cricket board’s working had been virtually paralyzed in the absence of a chairman.
She also said that the PCB had lost out on around $2 million since it’s short tour of South Africa could not go ahead because of on-going case in the court, in addition to earning being hurt because it can’t sign long-term sponsorship deals that included broadcasting rights.
The legal turmoil in the PCB began in June when Siddiqui suspended Zaka Ashraf as PCB chairman and termed his election for a four-year term as “polluted.”
The government later appointed Sethi as chairman, but the IHC in July overruled several of his decisions, including the appointment of a chairman of the national selection committee.