Pakistan SC reinstates Najam Sethi as PCB chairman

Karachi: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday reinstated Najam Sethi as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), annulling an earlier decision of the Islamabad High Court.

Najam Sethi
Najam Sethi 

The Dawn reported that a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali heard the case against Zaka Ashraf's reinstatement by the high court on a plea filed by the ministry of inter-provincial coordination (IPC).

The Islamabad High Court Saturday removed Sethi as the PCB chairman and reinstated Ashraf.

The high court also anulled decisions taken by Sethi that raised questions on the appointments of new head coach Waqar Younis, batting coach Grant Flower and spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed.

But the Supreme Court overturned the high court's decision.

Leading rights activist Asma Jahangir, appearing on behalf of the ministry, said the high court intruded in matters of policy that may lead to undermining the sport of cricket.

The apex court also issued notice to the parties involved for May 27 and adjourned the hearing.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also the patron of the PCB, in February had appointed a 11-member committee headed by sethi to run the affairs of Pakistan cricket.

This committee will make changes to the PCB constitution making it a more democratic body and will also hold fresh elections.

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