Sethi elected PCB chair­man ‘Bring in­ter­na­tional cricket back at home’

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Lahore, Pak­istan – Na­jam Sethi has been unan­i­mously elected as the chair­man of the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) for the next three years by the PCB’s new Board of Gover­nors (BoG) on Wed­nes­day. Sethi was elected from within the ten-mem­ber BoG as no other mem­ber of the BoG filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers for the post.

The pre­vi­ous three-year ten­ure ended when chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan re­signed, aged 83, cit­ing per­sonal and health rea­sons.

This is Sethi's sec­ond term in charge af­ter the long bat­tle over the lead­er­ship of the PCB be­tween Zaka Ashraf and Sethi, which ended in May 2014; there had been mul­ti­ple lead­er­ship changes in the PCB, af­ter Ashraf be­came the first elected PCB chair­man in May 2013.

The Is­lam­abad High Court termed those elec­tions "du­bi­ous", and Sethi was put in charge by the gov­ern­ment. Ashraf and Sethi were then al­ter­nately reap­pointed and sacked from the post sev­eral times, be­fore Sethi even­tu­ally filed a writ­ten state­ment be­fore the court that he will not con­test elec­tions for the chair­man's post.

Sethi, how­ever, re­mained on the PCB's BoG and head of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (ExCo) to con­trol cricket af­fairs in Pak­istan. The 69 year old is a former care­taker chief min­is­ter of Pun­jab and comes from a jour­nal­ism back­ground. He has also been a driv­ing force be­hind the Pak­istan Su­per League. The newly-elected chief vowed on Wed­nes­day to bring in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion back to the ter­ror-hit coun­try af­ter years of iso­la­tion. "We need to show pa­tience be­cause it is re­lated to the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try," he told me­dia.

Bar­ring a limited-over se­ries against Zim­babwe in 2015, Pak­istan has not hosted for­eign squads since a mil­i­tant at­tack tar­geted the vis­it­ing Sri Lankan team in 2009.

Sethi said he hoped the World XI tour next month would pave the way for fu­ture com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try. "We hope to bring a World XI for a three-match Twenty20 se­ries and the next two-three months will bring more good news."

Na­jam Sethi

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