Home > News >

Najam Sethi refutes Imran Khan’s allegations that PCB chairmanship was reward for helping Nawaz Sharif

Najam Sethi said that the post of PCB chairman was a "punishment" © Getty Images
Najam Sethi said that the post of PCB chairman was a “punishment” © Getty Images

Karachi: Aug 11, 2014

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi on Monday hit back at criticism and allegations made against him by cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan by stating that being made the head of the cricket board was a “punishment” for him not a “reward.” Imran, who is going to lead a free Pakistan march to Islamabad on August 14, said today that Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif rewarded Sethi for helping him rig the last elections by making him chairman of the cricket board.

“It was a reward for Najam Sethi who is the acting Punjab Chief Minister in the caretaker set up supported the rigging process,” Imran claimed. But Sethi shot back stating that when being appointed the Chairman of the cricket board was a “punishment” and not a “reward” for him. “I don’t know what happened to me when I first accepted the offer to become Chairman of the board for three months last year. But the way things went I don’t see it as a reward it was a punishment,” Sethi said. “I wanted to just have a new constitution and hold elections for the new Chairman but the courts didn’t allow me to do that and I was caught up in litigation in courts for nearly 10 months,” he said.

Sethi said as soon as the courts cleared the litigation he stepped aside as Chairman allowing for elections to be held on August 18. “I don’t know what has happened to Imran these days. He is talking nonsense and makes no sense at all. I don’t know what he wants,” Sethi added. Pakistan cricket has a volatile history of changing chairmen, captains and coaches at the drop of a hat. Until now all heads of the board have been directly appointed as chairman with unlimited powers by the patron in chief of the PCB which is presently the Prime Minister but in the past, it used to be the President.

“Till I remained chairman I took no salary from the board. I just took some allowance for my car and that too I have returned back to the board,” Sethi claimed. He also dispelled reports that he was facing several tax cases on non payment of taxes.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

Afghanistan tour of UAE, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Dubai

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

Phil Hughes passes away: Video tribute

Live Cricket Score, Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 4th ODI at Dhaka: Zimbabwe make a solid start

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day 2: Brendon McCullum posts 2nd fastest fifty by NZ batsman; NZ 79/1

Phillip Hughes 7th-youngest Test cricketer to die

Phillip Hughes: A brief look at the career of one of Australia’s most promising talents

Phillip Hughes: Rest in peace

Australia England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 Phil Hughes Phil Hughes Death Phil Hughes head injury Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes’ death: Andy Murray expresses sorrow

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 3rd Test at Sharjah: Brendon McCullum scores 2nd fastest fifty by NZ batsman

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 3rd Test at Sharjah: Tom Latham dismissed by Rahat Ali; New Zealand 57/1

Bangladesh end at 256/8 against Zimbabwe in 4th ODI at Dhaka

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 4th ODI at Dhaka: Mushfiqur Rahim dismissed for 77

Sean Abbott will find the road ahead a living nightmare

Phillip Hughes’ death: What happens to India vs Australia Test series?

Phillip Hughes 63 not out, forever

Henry Blofeld: Nephew of an England captain?

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Pakistan top-order prevails once again

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Alia Bhatt or Shraddha Kapoor: Who can play Jennifer Lawrence’s role if Mockingjay is remade in Bollywood?

सुबह गुनगुना पानी पीने के छह फ़ायदे

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

सर्दी के दिनों में त्वचा को स्वस्थ रखने के कुछ सरल उपाय

Ungli movie review: Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda let down by predictable and contrived plot

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here