Najam Sethi Not to Contest Pakistan Cricket Board Elections

Najam Sethi has been heading Pakistan Cricket Board, but was recently removed and then reinstated. He has been Pakistan's face in ICC meetings.

Updated: July 21, 2014 13:15 IST
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File photo: Najam Sethi has been in and out of office since taking over as PCB chief.
File photo: Najam Sethi has been in and out of office since taking over as PCB chief.

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Incumbent Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has pulled out of the race for the top post in the Board, the elections for which are due, according to reports. (Sethi Restored as PCB Chief)

The Dawn newspaper says Sethi made the announcement in a written statement to a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. The judges have been hearing the case relating to the PCB's chairmanship at its Lahore registry. (Sethi Axed)

The case involves incumbent PCB chairman Sethi and Zaka Ashraf with the latter being reinstated to head the Board by the Islamabad High Court. The inter-provincial coordination ministry had however filed a review petition in the apex court against the IHC's decision to reinstate Ashraf. (Zaka Ashraf Lashes Out at Sethi)

The Supreme Court has also suspended a government notification issued during proceedings of the case under which new elections for the PCB chairman were to be held. In keeping with the notification, only Sethi was allowed to contest the elections against one Umer Iqbal. (Supreme Court reinstates Sethi)

Also, the Supreme Court had asked the government to also allow Ashraf to contest the elections against Sethi but the government has been unwilling to sanction this.

The Supreme Court bench will also hear petitions filed by 20 PCB employees sacked by Sethi but reinstated by the Islamabad High Court. Their fate hangs in the balance in wake of the inter-provincial coordination ministry's appeal before the apex court.

The case of former chief selector Mohammad Ilyas who was replaced with Moin Khan by Sethi is also on the list.

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