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Najam Sethi to wait for Islamabad High Court’s written orders on Zaka Ashraf’s PCB reinstatement

Najam Sethi said the instability in the PCB is not good for cricket in Pakistan © AFP
Najam Sethi said the instability in the PCB is not good for cricket in Pakistan © AFP

Islamabad: May 17, 2014

Najam Sethi said he was waiting for the Islamabad High Court’s written orders on Zaka Ashraf being reinstated as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had sacked Ashraf on February 10 this year and appointed a committee chaired by Sethi to oversee cricketing matters.

But on Saturday the High Court suspended a management committee appointed by the prime minister and reinstated Ashraf as chief of the PCB.

“I am waiting for the court’s orders and it will be up to the government to appeal where they want,” Sethi told a private TV channel. “The instability in the PCB is not good for cricket.”

Pakistan’s Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, which oversees sporting matters in the country, is likely to challenge the decision next week.

The same Islamabad court had suspended Ashraf in May last year, ruling his election “dubious”. Sethi was appointed PCB chairman in June.

Ashraf appealed against the decision and was reinstated on January 15 this year, before Sharif again sacked him a month later.

The frequent changes have made Pakistan the laughing stock of international cricket.

The Supreme Court earlier this year refrained from taking the case ahead, suggesting that the government has the authority to initiate changes within the PCB.

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