Govt of Pakistan appoints retired judge as interim PCB chairman, fresh elections within month

Published: July 10, 2014

By Rizwan Ali

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistan government has appointed a retired judge as interim chairman of the country’s cricket board to oversee fresh elections for chairman.

Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Jamshed Ali has replaced Najam Sethi as interim chairman Pakistan Cricket Board and will conduct the election within a month under the new constitution of the PCB.

Butt also said that the management committee of the PCB has also been dissolved and a new interim committee will soon be formed for the smooth conduct of elections.

The turmoil at the top of the PCB started last year when the Islamabad High Court ruled the election of Zaka Ashraf as chairman was “polluted”, prompting prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appoint Sethi instead.

Ashraf was twice restored to the position by courts in Pakistan before Sethi finally got reinstated by the supreme court in May.

Sethi was given the mandate to conduct fresh elections but Ali’s appointment as interim chairman will allow Sethi to run for the permanent post.

During his tenure Sethi terminated 25 PCB employees and also appointed a new selection committee, head coach and batting coach of the national team.

06:21ET 10-07-14

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