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Pakistan appoints senior journalist Najam Sethi as interim chief

Najam Sethi, 65, who also worked as caretaker chief minister of central Punjab province, was appointed interim head by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after orders this week from the Islamabad high court.

Najam Sethi
Najam Sethi

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf was ordered to halt work last month amid a row over his election, which was criticised in some quarters as unfairly influenced by President Asif Ali Zardari, the board’s patron.

“I have been asked by the prime minister to fulfil limited responsiblity and I will do my best to do that,” Sethi told AFP.¬†Ashraf, 60, became the first-ever elected chairman of the PCB last month under a new constitution demanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reduce political interference.

Ashraf’s nomination was widely criticised by former players and officials who denounced it as politically motivated. Former Pakistan Army cricket coach Ahmed Nadeem Sadal challenged the appointment in court and the hearing will be held today.

The court had ordered the Inter-Provincial Committee — looking after the sports affairs in the country — to appoint an interim PCB chairman until the case is decided.

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