Suspended Sethi vows to appeal against verdict

May 19, 2014 - 12:58:07 am

KARACHI: Pakistan’s suspended cricket chief Najam Sethi yesterday vowed to appeal against a court judgement which reinstated his rival in the latest round of musical chairs in the game’s management.

The Islamabad high court on Saturday overturned a February 10 order by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointing Sethi as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and sacking Zaka Ashraf.

The judgement reinstated Ashraf for the second time this year, after he was initially suspended by the same court in in 2013 over “dubious elections”. 

Sethi said the court judgement would be challenged “vigorously and swiftly.”

“The good steps we took to professionalise and invigorate cricket and clean up the PCB will not be allowed to go in vain,” Sethi told AFP. 

The Sethi-led PCB has initiated a complete overhaul of the Board since February, terminating surplus staff which the court ordered in May last year.

Sethi also appointed several coaches, including head coach Waqar Younis and batting coach Grant Flower in a bid to improve team’s performance in next year’s World Cup. 

Sethi said he was in the process of giving the PCB a democratic constitution and was set to hold elections by next month.

“Two ex-Supreme court judges submitted a draft of a democratic PCB constitution to the federal government last week. 

I wrote to the government to vet it, promulgate it and hold PCB chairman and board elections before 9th June,” said Sethi. 

Ashraf has vowed to review all decisions taken by the Sethi-led management committee, including those of coaches.AFP