Najam Sethi's appointment as Pakistan Cricket Board chairman challenged

Najam Sethi (above) was appointed as interim Pakistan Cricket Board chairman replacing Zaka Ashraf © AFP

Karachi: Jun 25, 2013

Pakistan Cricket Board‘s (PCB) new interim Najam Sethi‘s appointment was challenged by the chairman of Transparency International Pakistan (TIP), which they termed as unconstitutional.

Sethi was appointed as interim PCB chairman on June 23 replacing Zaka Ashraf.

Advocate Sohail Muzaffar who is chairman of TIP said that they find the appointment of caretaker PCB Chairman Sethi by the present government against all norms of transparency and merit that the government promised to the citizens of Pakistan during their pre-election party manifesto.

“Najam Sethi is not the best choice for the chairmanship because according to the PCB constitution, the acting chairman has to be selected from within the board of governors,” he said.

Secondly, he claimed that Sethi is an income tax defaulter of FBR, and has to pay Rs 10.6 million tax on the non-disclosed income of FY 2009, according to Commissioner Inland Revenue, Lahore FBR letter No J 4535 of 24 April 2013.

Syed Adil Gilani, advisor, TIP said that the since last 15 years Pakistan Cricket has been mismanaged by chairmen not having any experience of cricket or were closely related to ministers, which has almost destroyed Pakistani cricket.

“At this point of time Pakistan cricket needs person of spotless integrity like Justice Cornelius known as the father of Pakistan Cricket President of the BCCP 1961.”

“The Islamabad High Court on June 12, 2013 had directed the Inter-Provincial Committee to appoint an interim chairman who could represent the PCB in the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual meeting next week, but the acting chairman has to be amongst the board of governors of PCB,” he insisted.

In 2011, the ICC required that its member boards become autonomous and free of interference from governments by June 2013. Removal of government interference had also been one of the Woolf report recommendations approved by the ICC.