Najam Sethi-Zaka Ashraf PCB Chairman
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Last Update on: June 9th, 2023 at 12:13 pm

Najam Sethi is in the final two weeks of his tenure as the Chief Of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He is set to be contested by one of his old rivals and former board chairman Zaka Ashraf as per reports in ESPN Cricinfo.

As per reports, Sethi met Pakistan’s prime minister Shahbaz Sharif at his residence in Islamabad on June 7 to discuss about PCB’s progress under his tenure. On the other hand, Ashraf had a meeting with the federal minister for inter-provincial coordination (IPC), Ehsan ur Rehman Mazari. He confirmed Zaka was being nominated to head the PCB.

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Both Najam Sethi and Zaka Ashraf has a long political history with both being involved in a legal battle for the position in 2013 and 2014.

“When this government was formed, it was decided that parties [in the alliance] who have respective ministries will have a say in naming the man for the respective job,” Mazari said on Wednesday.

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“Hence, IPC is with PPP, so we will have our man [in the PCB]. Also, Sethi’s nomination [for the full term] is a conflict of interest as he is heading the management committee tasked to carry out elections but they are becoming a part of the process and getting them elected.”

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Sethi has been at the helm since Ramiz Raja was removed as the PCB chairman last year. Along with this, the board’s 2019 constitution was also scrapped Sethi’s committee was initially given 120 days to bring back the 2014 version of the PCB constitution and reinstate the regional and services structure in domestic cricket. The committee was also given a mandate to form a board of governors and elect a chairman.

Over the last four months, Sethi has worked actively behind roping in international coaches for the Pakistan cricket team starting with the selection of Mickey Arthur as the team’s part-time director.

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