Sethi elected chair­man of Pak­istan Cricket Board

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Newly-elected chair­man of the Pak­istan Cricket Board Na­jam Sethi says one of the chal­lenges for him is to bring back in­ter­na­tional cricket to Pak­istan. “You know how much work we are do­ing in this re­gard and soon the re­sults will be in front of you,” Sethi told re­porters on Wed­nes­day.

Sethi, 69, will re­place Sha­har­yar Khan, who quit be­cause of health and per­sonal rea­sons af­ter com­plet­ing his ten­ure. Sethi was un­op­posed and was unan­i­mously elected by a new 10-mem­ber PCB board of gover­nors.

Pak­istan’s de­posed Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif had ap­pointed Sethi as mem­ber of the board of gover­nors last month. It is manda­tory, ac­cord­ing to the PCB’s con­sti­tu­tion, that the chair­man should be elected from the mem­bers of the board of gover­nors. Zim­babwe has been the only team to visit Pak­istan since a ter­ror­ist at­tack on the Sri Lanka cricket team’s bus in La­hore in 2009. “Lots of peo­ple are dis­ap­pointed but I re­quest you to show some pa­tience,” Sethi said.

“There are se­cu­rity is­sues, one day we de­cide that a team will come and then some­thing hap­pens (in Pak­istan), but over the next 2-3 months you will hear some good an­nounce­ments.” As part of the re­vival of in­ter­na­tional cricket in Pak­istan, the PCB is also plan­ning to host a Twenty20 se­ries against a World XI in La­hore. How­ever, the fi­nal dates and which play­ers are ex­pected to come to Pak­istan are yet to be de­cided.

Sethi was also a for­mer care­taker chief min­is­ter of the Pun­jab prov­ince and was the key of­fi­cial be­hind the suc­cess­ful stag­ing of Pak­istan’s do­mes­tic Twenty20 league. Although the two edi­tions of Pak­istan Su­per League were held in the United Arab Emi­rates, Sethi staged the fi­nal of the sec­ond edi­tion of PSL at La­hore in March.

It will be Sethi’s sec­ond term as chair­man of the PCB af­ter he was in­volved in a le­gal bat­tle over the lead­er­ship with for­mer PCB chair­man Zaka Ashraf. That ended in May 2014 when Sethi said he would not con­test elec­tions for the chair­man’s post.

Sethi will be trav­el­ling to Sri Lanka to­day to chair the meet­ing of the Asian Cricket Coun­cil. He said he will dis­cuss the Sri Lankan team’s tour to Pak­istan later this year. Pak­istan is due to host Sri Lanka in Oc­to­ber in the United Arab Emi­rates and Sethi said Pak­istan wants to host Sri Lanka in Pak­istan af­ter the se­ries ends in the UAE. — AP

LA­HORE: Na­jam Sethi of Pak­istan Cricket Board ad­dresses a news con­fer­ence in La­hore, Pak­istan. yes­ter­day. Na­jam Sethi has been elected yes­ter­day, as new chair­man of the Pak­istan Cricket Board for a three-year term. — AP

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