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Hold election within three months: Islamabad HC to PCB
PTI
Karachi, July 05, 2013
First Published: 11:50 IST(5/7/2013)
Last Updated: 11:58 IST(5/7/2013)

Pakistan cricket establishment is all set for sweeping changes after the Islamabad High Court directed the interim Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi to hold fresh elections in the next 90 days.

The court had suspended Zaka Ashraf as chairman of PCB last month after constitutional writ petitions were filed in the court against his election.

The court had ordered the inter provincial coordination ministry to appoint an interim chairman to look after the board affairs and attend the ICC annual meetings in London.

But after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Sethi as acting chairman, the same court ordered the inter provincial coordination ministry to explain the decision given that his name was not in the list of candidates submitted by the ministry.

Sethi, a senior journalist, appeared in person before the court on Thursday and was given 90 days to set things right including holding fresh reelections.

The court also ordered that the elections should be supervised by the election commission of Pakistan.

Interestingly, Sethi won a major round when representatives of some regional associations, who had filed petitions against the election of Zaka Ashraf, told the court through their lawyers that they supported any decision to give Sethi time to hold fresh elections.

"The court has reposed confidence in me and there is a lot to do in Pakistan cricket which is at its lowest ebb now. It will take a lot of hard work to set things right," said Sethi.


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